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Agave plant

The agave provided food, clothing, and drink.

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We recommend these Web sites for those interested in the subjects shown on the program. All links are valid as of September 4, 1998.

The United Confederation of Taino People
www.uctp.org
An international coalition of Taino Indian organizations in the Caribbean.

Animal Facts - Jaguar
www.phillyzoo.org/pz0019.htm
Facts, figures, and a portrait of the big cat from the Zoological Society of Philadelphia.

Jaguar Facts
198.53.192.127/facts/jaguar.html
Background information on the jaguar's plight from the World Wildlife Fund.

Caribbean Geology and Tectonics
www.fiu.edu/orgs/caribgeol/
Information on the geological history of the Caribbean, including an animated map showing how the islands moved over time, from Glen Draper of Florida International University.

Natural Cuba
pangaea.org/cuba_natural_history_nature/cuba.htm
Excerpts and pictures from a book by Cuban biologist Alfonso Silva Lee.

Harpy Eagle
www.mexdesco.com/animales/harpy.htm
Update on the great eagle from the Mexican magazine MEXICO DESCONOCIDO.

Harpy Eagle Conservation Project
www.peregrinefund.org/HarpyEgl.html
Information about the Peregrine Fund's efforts to restore Harpy populations.

Peruvian Amazon: the Birds
www.ee.princeton.edu/~vivek/birds.html
Includes an image of oropendula nests.

Rainforest Visit
www.travelhealth.com/rainforest.htm
Contains a sound file of the call of an oropendula, described as sounding "like water falling uphill."

Queen Conch
www.amnh.org/Exhibition/Expedition/Endangered/conch/conch.html
A presentation on this sea creature from the American Museum of Natural History.

Aztec Sculpture in Tenochtitlan
www.tam.itesm.mx/~jdorante/art/tenoch/itenoc05.htm
Aztec and Mayan art history from Mexican and American scholars.

Maya Civilization
www.civilization.ca/membrs/civiliz/maya/mmc01eng.html
A primer from the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Pre-Columbian Culture
www.cultura.udg.mx/ingles/Precolombina/precointro.html
An illustrated introduction to Mayan and Aztec history.

The Mayan Temples at Tikal
www.vol.it/mirror/egypt/Wonders/Forgotten/tikal.html
Images from an archaeological enthusiast.

The History of Mexico - Time-Line Overview
www.mexconnect.com/mex_/history.html
Excellent historical introduction from the Mexican government.

Ancient Peoples Ate Algae!
www.comox.island.net/~bionet/aztec.html
How the Aztecs did it.

Maya World
www.wotw.com/Mundomaya/
Major site of links to Mayan information.

How to Write Your Name In Mayan Glyphs
www.halfmoon.org/names.html
An interesting diversion from Maya enthusiast Nancy McNelly.

Taino: Pre-Columbian Art and Culture from the Caribbean
www.elmuseo.org/taino/tainomain.html
Companion to a major exhibition at El Museo del Barrio in New York City.

Lost City of People Who Greeted Columbus Found
www.hartford-hwp.com/taino/docs/city.html
Associated Press story on a Dominican Republic Taino find.

Biaraku (Taino Culture Information)
members.aol.com/Biaraku/
For those interested in finding out more about Taino culture.

The First Americans
archaeology.miningco.com/library/weekly/aa081097.htm
Summary of the finds at Monte Verde, Chile, and their impact on the debate over when people arrived in the Americas.

The Belize Zoo
www.belizenet.com/belizezoo.html
Lots of information about the animals indigenous to this Central American country.

Jaguar's Rainforest
www.jaglair.com/rain/jag-rain.htm
A fun and informative rainforest adventure.

The Taino Jatibonicu' Home Page
www.taino-tribe.org/jatiboni.html
A tribe of Taino descendants living in Puerto Rico.

Print Resources

For those interested in learning more about the subjects shown in SPIRITS OF THE JAGUAR, we recommend the following print articles and books.

Adams, Richard E. W. PREHISTORIC MESOAMERICA. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1996.

Aztec god

An image of an Aztec god.

Coe, Michael D. MEXICO: FROM THE OLMECS TO THE AZTECS. London: Thames & Hudson, 1994.

Crespo, George. HOW THE SEA BEGAN: A TAINO MYTH. New York: Clarion Books, 1993.

Dillehay, Tom D. MONTE VERDE: A LATE PLEISTOCENE SETTLEMENT IN CHILE: THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT AND INTERPRETATION ((VOL. 2, SMITHSONIAN SERIES IN ARCHAEOLOGICAL INQUIRY). Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press; 1997.

El Museo del Barrio. TAINO: PRE-COLUMBIAN ART AND CULTURE. New York: The Monacelli Press, 1997.

Henderson, Keith. THE FALL OF THE AZTEC EMPIRE. New York: Roberts Rinehart Publishing, 1993.

Kelly, Joyce. AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL GUIDE TO NORTHERN CENTRAL AMERICA : BELIZE, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, AND EL SALVADOR. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1993.

Knopf Guides. KNOPF GUIDE: THE ROUTE OF THE MAYAS. New York: Knopf, May 1995.

Leon-Portilla, Miguel, ed. THE BROKEN SPEARS: THE AZTEC ACCOUNT OF THE CONQUEST OF MEXICO. Boston: Beacon Press, 1992.

Paseo Pantera Project, Anthony G. Coates, ed. CENTRAL AMERICA: A NATURAL AND CULTURAL HISTORY. New Haven CT: Yale University
Press; 1998.

Proskouria, Tatiana. ALBUM OF MAYA ARCHITECTURE. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1977.

Reddish, Paul. SPIRITS OF THE JAGUAR: THE NATURAL HISTORY AND ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS OF THE CARIBBEAN AND CENTRAL AMERICA. London: BBC Publications, 1997.

Rogozinski, Jan. A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CARIBBEAN: FROM THE ARAWAK AND THE CARIB TO THE PRESENT. New York: Meridian Books, 1994.

Rouse, Irving. THE TAINOS: RISE & DECLINE OF THE PEOPLE WHO GREETED COLUMBUS. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1993.

Sealey, Neil E. CARIBBEAN WORLD: A COMPLETE GEOGRAPHY. London: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Wallace, David Rains. ADVENTURING IN CENTRAL AMERICA: GUATEMALA, BELIZE, HONDURAS, EL SALVADOR, NICARAGUA, COSTA RICA, AND PANAMA (SIERRA CLUB ADVENTURE TRAVEL GUIDE). San Francisco: Sierra Club Books; 1995.
 

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