For Immediate Release — March 16, 2004

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBIT ON TROPICAL PARADISE

AND THE REALITIES OF YUCATEC MAYA LIFE

TO BE ON DISPLAY AT LOCKHART GALLERY

GENESEO, N.Y. — The department of anthropology at the State University of New York at Geneseo is presenting a 40-photograph exhibit centered on life in the Village of Cobá, Quintana Roo, Mexico, to be held at the Lockhart Gallery, 26 Main St., Geneseo. The exhibit runs from March 18 to 28. An opening night reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 18.

The exhibit focuses on the fieldwork of Dr. Ellen Kintz, chair, department of anthropology, along with the work of some of her colleagues and students while on field trips to Cobá over the past two years. The representatives from Geneseo traveled to Cobá to assist in efforts to implement a sustainable agriculture in the village, which is nestled next to a Pre-Columbian pyramid.

The photos illuminate fieldwork, families and children, as they work together to establish a more productive agriculture to improve the nutrition of the 100 families in the village, especially the children who suffer from malnutrition.

The Geneseo teams worked with the women of Cobá, who organized into a "socio" or co-operative, to expand agricultural productivity by increasing the number of Maya kitchen gardens, planting fruit trees, and increasing production of eggs and chickens.

The past two years of the project have been supported by a grant from the Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation, which provided blocks for the kitchen gardens, the purchase of more than 300 fruit trees, seeds for vegetables and herbs for medicinal purposes, and special feed for chickens to increase egg production.

For more information on the exhibit, or the project, contact Dr. Ellen R. Kintz by phone at (585) 245-5276 or by e-mail at kintz@geneseo.edu.

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