The Ch'orti' area - located in present-day Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador - was once the southernmost region of the ancient Maya world. Though thousands of years of tumultuous change have altered the face of the region drastically, many Ch'orti' have preserved their identity and maintained strong cultural ties to their past, and the region generally continues to practice traditions with Ch'orti' roots. The Ch'orti's' connection with the Maya past and modern-day struggles with poverty and cultural encroachment have made the once little-studied Ch'orti' an important subject of anthropological research. ""The Ch'orti' Area"" presents a holistic, multidisciplinary and long-term look at these people, their culture, and the region itself. Highlighting research from leading scholars around the globe, this collection is an impressive exploration of the history of human habitation in the area from approximately 3,000 years ago to the present.
Brent Metz, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Kansas, is author of Ch'orti' Maya Survival in Eastern Guatemala. Cameron L. McNeil, adjunct assistant professor of anthropology at Queens College, CUNY, is editor of Chocolate in Mesoamerica. Kerry Hull is an associate professor in the College of Foreign Studies at Reitaku University, Japan.