The Role of Plants in Traditional Lacandon Culture

  • Suzanne Cook


This Chapter describes and illustrates the role of plants in traditional Lacandon culture, and provides a preliminary sketch of the Lacandon botanical classification system.


Food Agriculture Housing Artefacts Crafts Clothing Medicine Botanical classification 

Supplementary material

Video 4.1

Balche' Preparation 1 (MP4 574148 kb)

Video 4.2

Balche' Preparation 2 (MP4 252968 kb)

Video 4.3

Ut'anil Balche'—Secret of the Balche' (MP4 106081 kb)

Video 4.4

Cooking Traditional Foods (MP4 257097 kb)

Video 4.5

Cooking Pakyon (MP4 9025 kb)

Video 4.6

Uk’aay Käkow—Song of the Cacao (MP4 39550 kb)

Video 4.7

Uk’aay Huch’—Song for Grinding (MP4 170152 kb)

Video 4.8

Clearing a New Milpa (MP4 18999 kb)

Video 4.9

Milpa Harvest (MP4 209441 kb)

Video 4.10

How to Build a House (MP4 32641 kb)

Video 4.11

Tour of the God House (MP4 63619 kb)

Video 4.12

Tulis K’ik’ (MP4 170962 kb)

Video 4.13

(a) Copal 1 (MP4 145863 kb)

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(b) Copal 2 (MP4 6976 kb)

Video 4.14

Tour of the Ceremonial Kitchen (MP4 21725 kb)

Video 4.15

Uk’aay Tok’ (MP4 44247 kb)

Video 4.16

Making Arrows (MP4 322562 kb)

Video 4.17

Seed Necklace (MP4 10622 kb)

Video 4.18

AM describes the Ceremonial Rattle (MP4 19816 kb)

Video 4.19

Uk’aay K’uch—Song for Spinning Thread (MP4 66803 kb)

Video 4.20

Weaving on the Backstrap Loom (MP4 37765 kb)

Video 4.21

Hammock (MP4 86954 kb)

Video 4.22

Legend Making Natural Dyes (MP4 112226 kb)

Video 4.23

KM Makes Annatto Paste (MP4 281165 kb)

Video 4.24

Curing Strings (MP4 37341 kb)

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Suzanne Cook
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  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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