2003 Del Jones Award Winner
Beatriz Reyes was born in 1981 in the city of Merida in the Mexican State of Yucatan, a region that is famous for its archaeological and cultural heritage. In 1990, Ms. Reyes and her mother emigrated to the United States, and have lived there ever since, with a two and a half year sojourn in Merida between 1993 and late 1995. Early exposure to the difference in cultures that began her fascination with how people live around the world. Between 1998 and 1999, Ms. Reyes spent one year on an American Field Service program in Japan, where she lived with a Japanese family and studied at a Japanese high school. Upon returning, her interest in Cultural Anthropology had been sparked.
Currently, Ms. Reyes is a Cultural Anthropology and Latin American Studies major at Rutgers College in Rutgers, the States University of New Jersey. Her paper, written following a six-week ethnographic field school experience, studies how tourism is affecting the traditional religious practices of Santiago Atitlan, in particular the Maximon cult. The Maximon cofradia is the largest tourist attraction in the community of Santiago Atitlan, but also has deep spiritual meaning within the traditionalist community. Ms. Reyes focused particularly on conflicts that arose between tourists and the men who take on the ritual responsibility of caring for image, and how increasing tourism is affecting the way that the religion is practiced.
Tanchica L. Terry
2003 Del Jones Award Winner
Tanchica L. Terry currently is a research assistant with the Alcohol and Drug Research Center at the University of Memphis, a qualitative and quantitative research program that evaluates drug and alcohol abuse prevention for the Tennessee Department of Health. Ms. Terry utilizes her technical writing skills, as well as assist project directors and research associates in determining the effectiveness of drug and alcohol prevention programs for the Tennessee Department of Health in Shelby, Madison, and Davidson counties through qualitative and quantitative evaluative research. Ms. Terry is a graduate student in the Applied Anthropology program at the University of Memphis, with a concentration in Medical Anthropology. She holds an associate degree in Applied Sciences, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and ten years of professional training in the corporate and non-profit sectors. In addition, Ms. Terry is a member of the following associations and organizations: Coalition of African Women, American Anthropological Association, Society for Applied Anthropology, Mid-South Association for Applied Anthropologists, National Association for Allied Health, and Deans Student Advisory Council (University of Memphis).