By Alan Rabinowitz
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In the regions of extensive human settlement, land-use practices varied greatly with a continuum from intensive hunting in places like the east Caribbean coast, to intensive monocultures in parts of what is today El Salvador. While some indigenous hunting bands evolved into civilizations with towns and cities, others still lived in small, scattered communities. Despite degradation of The First People of the Jaguar 31 extensive areas of prime wild jaguar habitat, human activity was concentrated in defined areas with relatively few people spread over the remaining landscape.
Then I came up with the idea of building one in pieces that could be hauled far back into the jungle and assembled on-site. The capture of Xamen Ek had been in the most remote trap I had yet placed out in the jungle. The young jaguar’s eyes followed my every move as he flattened his body, as if trying to meld into the ground. Only when I got close enough to the trap to inject a sedative into him did he suddenly lunge at me, roaring, teeth bared, throwing his body against the iron bars of the trap.
This was home to his ancestors, and they were possibly the last ones before us to have touched these stones and walked this ground. After reporting the information to the Belizean Archaeological Commissioner, at the time a virtual one-man force named Harriot Topsey, I was told I could suggest a name for the site. ” I was searching for young Xamen Ek when we found this place. The people who The First People of the Jaguar 27 had once lived here—built these structures, denuded the forest, and killed the animals—were long gone.
An Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey of the Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz