The Ancient Maya and the Political Present

@article{Wilk1985TheAM,
  title={The Ancient Maya and the Political Present},
  author={Richard Wilk},
  journal={Journal of Anthropological Research},
  year={1985},
  volume={41},
  pages={307 - 326}
}
  • R. Wilk
  • Published 1 October 1985
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Anthropological Research
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