Phillip Hofstetter first visited Yucatan in 1987 and was entranced, as much by the sheer physical beauty of the region as by the enduring character of the Maya people still inhabiting the region. For more than twenty years he has been documenting his travels in Yucatan and his professional collaboration with archaeological excavation projects there. His reflections on the Maya culture emphasize survival and adaptation, while images of ancient sites, the churches of the Franciscan mission period, and the ruined haciendas of the henequen period serve as physical reminders of the enduring ways in which the Maya have shaped the landscape of Yucatan over millennia.
Phillip Hofstetter is codirector of the Multimedia Graduate Program and is an associate professor of art at California State University, East Bay. He is also a videographer whose work has appeared on National Geographic Television and the Discovery Channel. David Freidel is professor of anthropology, Washington University, St. Louis. He is the coauthor of Maya Cosmos: Three Thousand Years on the Shaman's Path.