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The southwestern highlands of Guatemala, Los Altos, are a picturesque region of towering volcanos, colorful Indian villages, and corn fields that practically overhang the mountain peaks. With three hundred persons per square mile, it is the most densely populated section of the country. The highlands also comprise the area of the greatest concentration of Indian population (West and Augelli, 1966:389-390). A blend of the indigenous culture and that brought by the European conquerors and settlers has evolved through the centuries of interaction between the two racial groups. The degree of resulting integration has varied both temporally and geographically. Today much diversity is still found, not only between villages, but also frequently within a single village.

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Honors Thesis-Campus Only