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(wäs`tĕk), indigenous people of the PánucoPánuco
, river, c.315 mi (510 km) long, rising as the Santa María River in San Luis Potosí state, N central Mexico, and flowing generally east to empty into the Gulf of Mexico near Tampico. It is navigable for c.200 mi (322 km).
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 River basin, E Mexico. They speak a Mayan language but are isolated from the rest of the Mayan stock, from whom they may have been separated prior to the arrival of the Spanish. Their culture did not develop along with that of the Maya. They remained apart from the later civilizations of the central plateau, such as the Aztec. Huastecan music and dancing have influenced some of the musical folklore of Mexico. The contemporary Huastec population, maintaining aspects of their traditional culture and language, numbers about 80,000 in the areas of Veracruz and San Luis Potosí.


See R. Wauchope, Handbook of Middle American Indians, Vol. III: Ethnology (ed. by E. Z. Vogt, 1964).

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Process as resource: the traditional agricultural ideology of Bora and Huastec resource management and its implications for research.
Garza, The Pepper Weevil (Anthonomus eugenii) and Its Management on the Huastec Plain, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agricolas y Pecuarias.
900-1450 The British Museum has a striking carved sandstone sculpture of Tlazolteotl, the goddess of filth and "eater of dirt." A semiwrathful female deity from the Huastec world, she was worshipped primarily on the Gulf Coast of present-day Mexico.
as seen in example (37) from Huastec (a Mayan language).
Objects such as the Hebrew Astrolabe (dated 1345-1355 AD) from Spain were designed to advance human understanding of the world around us, whilst others represent the surviving relics of lost civilisations, such as the Mexican Huastec Sculpture (900-1521 CE).
Screening of medicinal plants used by Huastec Mayans of northeastern Mexico.
This vast area of land derives its name from the Huastec Indians that descended from the Mayas and occupied here 6000-4000 years ago (INFDM 2005, Velasco 2006, Martinez et al.
Factors influencing botanical resource perception among the Huastec: suggestions for future ethnobotanical inquiry.
Willink and Roig-Alsina (1998: 80, 82) studied these specimens, and designated a male, with locality label "Huastec," as lectotype.