Twenty years ago, the first account of the emerging transnational scope of the Maya, The Maya Diaspora: Guatemalan Roots, New American Lives (2000), focused on the roots and emerging realities of Maya migration. Much has changed in a short time. While lives and identities continue to involve intergenerational connections to the south, they are also increasingly ones that reflect an intersection of indigenous, intercultural, and transnational experiences. Ultimately, it is hoped that Maya America will serve to reveal how greatly interconnected are the Americas, through processes of social and cultural evolution, history, and demography, and through assertions of rights of peoples south and north in shaping, and not just facing, what is ultimately a shared human destiny.
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