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42 n Animal Life to the cave, they call to their young, who recognize their parent’s sound and answer. Following the sound, the mother joins her youngster.
Inside their houses, a clay-brick dome oven is often found. I have tasted breads and meat cooked in such ovens and the flavor can’t be beaten. A pestle and mortar is usually used for food and herb preparation. Woven palm leaves are used to strain and refine cassava. Mestizos Mestizos (a mix of Spanish and Indian) came as refugees escaping the Caste War in the Yucatán. The rest came from Guatemala and El Salvador. They speak English with outsiders, but usually speak Spanish in the home. Those living in the north speak with a Mexican accent, while those in the south generally have a Guatemalan accent.
The north gets less than 60 inches (387 cm) and is dry from November to May. The land falling to the west of the Maya Mountains is the “pine ridge,” a wet savanna that has poor, sandy soil and grows little but pine trees. These lower hills, which are crossed by logging roads, cover hundreds of square miles. The central and northern region is savanna. The river valleys that drain the mountains from the south have spread a thin layer of soil into the southern part of this savanna and in this soil grows some of the richest hardwoods in the world.