Discussion 10: Borders 55 unread replies.55 replies. Prompt: The purpose of anthropology is not only to describe specific cultural times and places, but to draw broader conclusions about humanity/the human condition. Drawing specifically on the Maya or O'odham, how might borders not reflect and/or disrupt indigenous realities? What might these "borders" (of various sorts - political, cultural, religious, etc.) in Native North America teach us more broadly about the human condition? Talbot, Native Nations of North America, Chapter 11 This chapter from the textbook focuses primarily on urbanism - focus particularly on pp. 357-363 (do still read the rest) as it brings up some important topics regarding the Maya and other urban civilizations we will focus on in this module. MacKenzie, "Judas off the Noose: Sacerdotes Mayas, Costumbistras, and the Politics of Purity" (Canvas) A great article about Mayan Catholic syncretism, which will be used as a springboard to talking about religious "borders" "Tohono O'odham Opposes 'Border Wall'" (Canvas) A short video of Tohono O'odham response to the proposed border wall, which brings to attention how borders bisect the O'odham homeland.