A stroll through the small town of Santa Elena reveals a juxtaposition of thousand-year-old traditions with contemporary living. Around the plaza, women grind corn for the daily supply of tortillas using a 2,000-year-old recipe, while their children post their latest status on their social network page at the nearby cybercafé. Santa Elena has been continuously inhabited by Yucatec Maya people for the past 1,500 years. The town's Maya name, Nohcacab, means "the great place of good land." The majority of the people in Santa Elena live a traditional Maya way of life and they speak their native language, Yucatec Mayan. Subsistence farming, yielding the staple crops of corn, beans, and squash, provides the basis of the family diet. Meals are complemented with tomato, various kinds of chiles and other native plants, along with meat from farm and wild animals, including chickens, turkeys, pigs and iguanas. Many of the town’s youth attend local schools and nearby technical colleges and universities; whereas the adults, both men and women, work on a variety of jobs related to tourism, agriculture, and the restoration of archaeological sites of the Puuc region.