"The beautifully written narrative is highly accessible, even gripping. It is enriched by photos that span decades. The account is personal and moving, weaving in stories of the author's own evolution as a participant-observer and ethnographer... At the same time, it has very broad reach, illuminating some of the most profound themes of human development. The book truly is a must read for all with interests in development or culture." -- Susan A. Gelman, University of Michigan, review in PsycCRITIQUES (American Psychological Association)
"A rare glimpse into the changes in people's lives and environment over the course of seven decades. The dozens of images, together with their informative captions, are superbly integrated into the text...Recommended" -- A. H. Koblitz, Arizona State University, CHOICE
"This book is a must-read for those interested in culture, child development, globalization, and birth." -- Ashley E. Maynard, University of Hawai`i, review in Ethos
"Barbara Rogoff breaks new ground in the way she thinks about change in a traditional society." -- Arte Maya Tzutuhil Newsletter
"A lovely and fascinating anthropological look at culture and the impact of one woman, and her community role as a midwife, on her community. Rogoff addresses gender, child development, religion/spirituality, and informal community-based learning processes.... Her book is innovative.... It is sure to be a welcome addition to many fields, in education and beyond."-- finalist for the Jackie Kirk Outstanding Book Award
From the Author
The royalties for this book are donated to the Taa' Pi't Learning Center and other projects in this Mayan town.