Most of these photographs were made in Summer 1971 when I went to Zinacantán to devote myself exclusively to taking pictures. Some were made in the course of anthropological fieldwork in 1961 and 1962. In 1970-71, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences provided the lifespace necessary to plan the book. The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and the Latin American Studies Program at Stanford University provided financial aid for Summer 1971.
It is a pleasure finally to acknowledge encouragement given by David McAllester, Sam Green and the late Edward Steichen more than fifteen years ago, and by Francesca Cancian for the last fifteen years. Her sense of adventure has helped at almost every stage of the work.
My greatest debt is to the people of Zinacantán, especially those in the photographs on the preceding pages. I want to record thanks to the families of Juan and Pedro Vásquez, the late Pedro Pérez con Dios and Juan Sánchez Vásquez in Navenchauc, Antonio Vásquez in Pih, José Hernández Nuh in Nachig and Domingo de la Torre Pérez in Zinacantán center, and to Marcos Pérez Gonzales, presidente municipal during 1971, and to his fellow officials.