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14 People and Projects
Adopt-a-Village in Guatemala
Providing training and resources to the
Mayan people of northwest Guatemala

16 Mystery at Tak'alik Ab'aj
Archaeologists recently discovered
ancient altars, monuments and an
unprecedented stone sculpture at
the Mayan ruin near Retalhuleu.

18 Book Release: ISTMO
Featuring stunning photography of
Central America by Ange Bourda, to
debut in January 2009

19 Profile: Bette van Lunteren
Dancer and Choreographer
byJoy Houston

20 DATEBOOK > December
Guide to culture and upcoming events

36 Sensuous Guatemala:
Holiday Melange byKen Veronda

56 Tax Matters by Steven Pittser
Santa vs Tax Planning

62 Christmas Music from Renais-
sance Antigua byDieterLehnhoff,Ph.D.

64 The Night Before Navidad
Spanglish version

70 NGO Networking
byJohn Barrie

80 The Gift of Giving byDr. Karmen Guevara

98 People and Projects
Cojolya Association celebrates 25 years
supporting women weavers
byAmanda Flayer

118 Cricket in El Salvador


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28 Guatemala City
48 La Antigua
95 Lake Atitlan
100 Quetzaltenango
102 Monterrico/Pacific Coast
104 Coban / Retalhuleu
105 Tecpan
106 Rio Dulce
107 El Peten


12 From the Publishers
GUATEMALA CITY
28 Services/Shopping
33 Dining
39 Lodging
LA ANTIGUA
48 Services/Shopping
54 Spanish Schools
58 Dining
78 Lodging
SECTIONS
42 Health
46 Vet Q&A
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ic designer, for adding so much GUATEMALA-ELSALVADOR-HONDURAS-BELIZE
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month's edition with his photographs.
We are introducing a new series: People
and Projects, and for December we'd like
to tell you about A :....-- -i .' in Gua-
temala, NGO Networking and the Cojolya
Association.
The Mystery at Tak 'alik Ab 'aj is about the
discovery of an unprecedented stone sculp-
ture that, as in the case of all archaeological
finds, provides some answers but provokes
even more questions.
The soon-to-be-released book ISTMO
is a gorgeous hard-cover volume featuring
stunning aerial views of Central America
by internationally acclaimed photographer
Ange Bourda in collaboration with Ruben
Najfra, Maria Isabel Quezada and Evelina
Gonzalez de Herrera. It will debut in Gua-
temala in January 2009.
Our People Profile is the lovely ballerina
Bette van Lunteren who choreographed the
upcoming staged production of "How the
Grinch Stole Christmas," performed by lo-
cal children and members of the National
Ballet of Guatemala. See DateBook for
more information about this performance
along with many other scheduled activi-
ties including art shows, musical concerts,
theater, film presentations, workshops and
a special Holiday Calendar.
Our seasonal offering includes Sensu-
ous Guatemala: Holiday Mdlange, Christmas
Music from Renaissance Antigua, The Night
Before Navidad and The Gift of Giving.
Reminder to photographers: the January
2009 Revue will be our 8th Annual Pho-
tography Issue. We are accepting submis-
sions only until December 10.
We wish you all Happy Holidays and a
very Prosperous New Year. -JBT
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Students learn dental hygiene skills in the village
of San Juan Tutlac through one of the Adopt-a-
Village vocational programs.


The Mayan Center, a residential high school being
built on a mountaintop in the rainforest of north-
west Guatemala, will serve two dozen villages.


Adopt-a-Village in Guatemala


A dopt-a-Village in Guatemala part-
ners with Mayan villages in the
remote northwest corner of the
country, where there are virtually no pub-
lic services, secondary schools or other aid
organizations providing consistent support.
At the urging of village leaders, AAV focus-
es primarily on orphans and the children of
widows who have few resources to support
their families

Mission: To empower the Mayan people of
northwest Guatemala by providing train-
ing and resources so they may develop im-
proved education, health, and economic
conditions in their communities.

Past Achievements: AAV has completed
more than 60 major projects, including
building nine primary schools, and provid-
ing support for middle schools serving a doz-
en villages. AAV also has built water systems
and roads and run health programs.


Current Projects: AAV's current focus is
completing the Mayan Center, a unique resi-
dential high school that will make advanced
education available to the children of two
dozen surrounding villages. The school cur-
riculum and schedule have been designed
so that students will be able to continue to
help support their families while they are in
school. Students will learn vocational skills
such as animal husbandry, dentistry and
carpentry in addition to the traditional aca-
demic subjects and Mayan culture.

Wish List: Sponsorships and financial sup-
port: Scholarships for Mayan Center stu-
dents; funds for food, clothing and medical
help for widows and orphans.
Other Assistance: Volunteer carpenters,
general contractors, and cabinet makers. 0

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"Standing Stones" site yields unprecedented sculpture


Archaeologists recently discov-
ered ancient altars, monuments
and an unprecedented stone
culture at a 2.5-square-mile
Mayan ruin near Retalhuleu in southwest-
ern Guatemala.
Representing both Olmec and Maya cul-
tures, the Tak'alik Ab'aj (Standing Stones)
site was inhabited for nearly 1,700 years,
starting roughly in 1000 BC, and was a
key trading center with ancient merchants
traveling from present-day El Salvador and
Mexico. Since excavations began in the late
1800s, more than 250 buildings and monu-
ments have been uncovered.
Archaeologists Christa Schieber de La-
varreda and Miguel Orrego Corzo, from the
Guatemala Ministry of Culture and Sports,
have in recent years been leading an excava-
tion that has produced a stream of impor-
tant discoveries, including evidence of one
of the earliest royal burials ever found in an
important Mayan site. In March 2008, the
team unearthed Altar 48, the monument
to the birth of Mayan culture. In June and
August, additional monuments (215 and
217) were discovered.
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Both sculptures of monuments 215 and
217 had been purposely damaged, with the
pieces integrated as constructive elements
in the wall. Archaeologists verified that the
two sculptures had been linked, forming a
single monumental sculpture carved on all
four sides.
At a recent press conference, de La-
varreda and Orrego said the mysterious,
enigmatic sculpture, known as "The Car-
rier of the Ancestor of Tak'alik Ab'aj," is an
unprecedented find. The sculpture presents
an imposing character, decorated with in-
signias of power with certain Olmec char-
acteristics. "The monument is unique and
represents a great challenge for archaeolo-
gists," de Lavarreda and Orrego said.
"Something very surprising is that this
character is carrying a small human fig-
ure on his back. This small human figure
has the position of his arms on his chest
and hands folded down, and very straight
legs, similar to those infants who are often
found in the lap of the Olmec jade figures.
These infant figures have been interpreted
by some archaeologists as divine beings or
ancestors. The quality of the volume and









complete form of the sculpture conveys the
formal concepts of Olmec art sculpture;
however, this sculpture seems strange,
they reported.
"The character is standing on the capital
of a column of rectangular sides. The capi-
tal was carved in the shape of the head of
a monster bat. This form of representation
of the monster bat with Mayan features
is found with a certain analogy a few de-
cades later in other classic Maya cities, as
in Quirigua and Copin. In Quirigua and
Copin the steles have the monster of the
earth Cauac on the base on which the rul-
ers are standing.
"It is important to note that the small
figure on the back of the standing character
is literally joined by an extended cloth or
skirt to the head of the bat. It is evident that
the intention of the sculptor of this figure
was to communicate the importance of the
union of the carrier of the ancestor with the
monster bat."
Schieber de Lavarreda and Orrego said
this sculpture raises many questions:

* Why is the character carrying a small figure on
his back?
* Who is the character and who is the little
creature?
* Why is this character standing on a bat?
* Why is the sculptural style of the character dif-
ferent than that of the bat?
* What message did the sculpture transmit?
* Why was this sculpture destroyed and its
pieces then included in the structure of the
wall?
* Where had this sculpture been standing so it
could be seen from all four sides?

It is known that the fragments of such
enigmatic sculptures were placed into the
buildings during the second part of the
Late Pre-Classic Period contnuedonpage38


I he imposing character ot Monument 215, the
alter having been lifted carefully by the crew into
upright position


"Reconstructing"with photographs and carefully
executed drawings of the imposing character
(Monument 215) standing on top of the monster
bat "capital" of the column-sculpture (Monument
217). The fragments of Stele 53 and 61 fitted with
the remains of the column, thus recovering more of
the ancient texts at its sides. All together it makes a
monumental column-sculpture of at least 2.30m in
height, and in every sense a historic landmark at the
ancient city Tak'alik Ab'aj.


The monster bat head lifted into upright position.
On the top of the head are the remains of the feet of
the personage of Monument 215, which originally
had been standing on the "capital" of monster bat
head of the column-sculpture.
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"ISTMO" Featuring unique views of Central America


WT th stunning aerials by inter-
nationally acclaimed photogra-
Spher Ange Bourda, a new book
featuring unique views of Central Ameri-
can sights, including volcanoes, beaches
and rainforests, will debut in Guatemala in
January 2009.

Titled ISTMO (Isthmus), the colorful hard-
cover book contains 160 remarkable pho-
tos by Bourda, a widely published French
photographer who considers Guatemala his
adoptive home. In his own words, the ac-
complishment of this book has meant "the
discovery of the extraordinary and unique
region, with resources never before avail-
able and presented across revealing images
that impose and confirm the height and
depth of a Central America that is revealed
as a new world in the dawn."

The book reflects Central America as a
region, integrated geographically, cultur-
ally and economically, in which all of its
countries share a united future through-
out their similarities.
The objective is to show a new vision of
the region, including its natural, material
and spiritual richness, and to give the isth-
mus an international relevance never seen
before. The visual creativity and rich writ-
ing form the pillars of this exquisite work.
In addition to Bourda's photography, the
book contains narrative written by Ruben
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Nijera, an award-winning Guatemalan
writer whose work has been published in
Guatemala, Mexico, Cuba and France.
Maria Isabel Quezada designed the book;
Quezada, a graduate of Moore College of
Art in Philadelphia, handled design and
graphical production of several coffee-table
books. Evelina Gonzilez de Herrera was in
charge of general coordination and execu-
tive production.

The book contains five chapters:
1. At Dawn: introduces the reader to the
adventure of the book.
2. The Great Perspective: presents great
sights from the isthmus itself.
3. Memoirs of Fire: photographs inspired
by volcanoes in the region.
4. Between Two Seas: photos of the Pacific
and Atlantic oceans, rivers and lakes.
5. Inhabiting the Earth: how people have
developed the earth in order to subsist.

Proceeds from ISTMO benefits the Com-
panero en Salud, an NGO which helps
bring health and medical care to people in
extreme poverty in Guatemala. Since its be-
ginning in 2004, Companero en Salud has
helped over 20,000 patients receive medical
treatment. The publication was made pos-
sible in part by TACA airlines. 0
For more information contact Evelina Gonzalez
or Yazmin de Perez at: 2366-1872 or 5460-8666
or email: yazymau@hotmail.com.


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PROFILE


Bette van Lunteren

by Joy Houston photo by Jack Houston

allerina Bette van Lunteren danced her way

from her home in Holland to the heart of La
Antigua Guatemala. She graduated from the
Theater Dance Department of the School of Arts in
Amsterdam and taught Dutch school children for six
years. Her program was one of interactive expression on a one-day theme, group by group,
eventually laced together into a production to be enjoyed by parents at the end of the day.
Bette's education in ballet, modern and jazz dance led her to explore the five rhythms
in meditative dance-flow, staccato, chaos, lyric and silence-like movements of a sym-
phony. Not surprisingly, she was intrigued when introduced to the Mayan calendar, with
its marking of time according to nature. Always ready for new adventure, she decided to
learn more. "I'd never heard of Guatemala," she admits. But, noting on the calendar that
Guatemala was in the middle, "It sounded so safe!" So in 2003 she packed herself up,
planning a stay of four months.
"Here I connected with nature. I climbed volcanoes and rafted in rivers. The signs and
numbers of the calendar became less important, and I let go of the whole thing for a few
years." She was content with a job, enjoying her new experience. "Then I took on another
challenge. I was ready to get back to the dancing. And I decided I wanted to work with
children again."
Currently Bette's focus is on choreography of the upcoming production of How
the Grinch Stole Christmas, which includes local children as well as members of the
National Ballet of Guatemala, and La Antigua musician Arturo Rosales, who was
influential in her job change.
How long will ballerina Bette stay in La Antigua? "I live here," she answers firmly.
"Holland is to visit. I feel good here because of the balance with nature." 0

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, written and adapted for ballet by Johnny Long,
choreographed by ballerina Bette van Lunteren, will be performed at 4 p.m. on De-
cember 11 in the auditorium of Asociaci6n Nuestros Ahijados, #106 on the road to
San Felipe. The production by Dorotea, Johnny and musician Arturo Rosales features
local children and members of the National Ballet of Guatemala. "Who knows?" says
4 Johnny. "Like the British Christmas pantomime tradition that developed in the
19th century, with narration, songs, humor and audience participation, this
has the possibility of becoming an annual event."
Donation, Q40 adults, children admitted FREE!Also, limited
FREE transportation leaves at 3:30pmfrom La Antigua central
park, opposite the cathedral, and returns after theperformance.


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1Mon., though Thurs., 4th, 9am-2pm -
(Spanish) WORKSHOP: Tecnologia, pro-
duccidny simbolismo en la liticaprehispdnica with
Alejandro Pastrana from the Instituto Nacional
de Antropologia e Historia de M6xico. Q200/
Q100 students with carnet. Museo Popol Vuh
(tel: 2338-7836) Universidad Francisco Marro-
quin, 6a calle final, z. 10, Guatemala City.
Mon., through Wed., 17th, 6pm- (Span-
ish) FILMS: Several short films presented
as part of the Mirando al Sur series. Centro de
Formaci6n de la Cooperaci6n Espanola (tel:
7832-1276) 6a av. norte between 3a & 4a calle
poniente, LaAntigua.
2Tues., 5:30pm (English) Tuesday evening
NGO TOPIC & GUEST SPEAKER: Pedal
Power Technology: An alternate source of energy
in Guatemala with Carlos Marroquin who has
worked for nine years with Maya Pedal, encour-
aging rural development by introducing bicycle/
machines to facilitate daily life and economic
development. Donation Q25. Rainbow Caf6 (tel:
7832-1919) 7a av. sur #8, LaAntigua.
Tues., 7:30pm MUSIC: Handel's Mes-
siah, musical director Debby Lyttle, with
more than 100 volunteer voices and a 30-strong
orchestra featuring top soloists from Guatemala
and the U.S. Q50 & Q150, Q200 for reserved
seating. Gran Sala Efrain Recinos, Centro Cul-
tural Miguel Angel Asturias, 24 calle 3-81, z. 1,
Guatemala City; 3 Wed., 7:30pm second
performance, seating Q200 at the Casa Santo
Domingo, LaAntigua. V


4 Thurs., through Sat., 6th, 9am-4pm -
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: New and tra-
ditional weavings, arts and crafts by artists
from all over Guatemala offering some unique
and creative gifts. Indigo Artes Textiles (tel:
7888-7487) inside Centro Cultural La Azotea,
Jocotenango.
SThurs., 6pm (Spanish w/English sub-
ttitles) FILM: El amor en los tiempos de sclera
(Love in the Time of Cholera). Q15. El Sitio (tel:
7832-3037) 5a calle poniente #15, LaAntigua.
4 Thurs., 7pm MUSIC: Spanish rock con-
cert with Mario San Miguel & El Ej6rcito del
Amor 2008. Centro de Formaci6n de la Coop-
eraci6n Espanola (tel: 7832-1276) 6a av. norte,
between 3a y 4a calle poniente, LaAntigua.
Thurs., 8pm
-- (Spanish)
THEATER:
Silencio Bodecker
& Neander.
Q150 to Q400.
Gran Sala
Efrain Recinos
(tel: 5998-4757)
Centro Cultural
Miguel Angel
Asturias, 24
calle 3-81, z.
1, Guatemala
City.
6Sat., 5pm ART: Inauguration of Miran-
do al Sur, featuring artistic expressions by
Central American artists. Centro de Formaci6n
de la Cooperaci6n Espanola (tel: 7832-1276) 6a
av. norte between 3a y 4a calle p., LaAntigua.


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6Sat., & Sat 13th, 5pm BALLET: El Cascanueces (The Nutcracker) presented by the Ballet
Nacional de Guatemala. Q10, Q30, Q50. Gran Sala Efrain Recinos (tel: 2253-3118) Centro
Cultural Miguel Angel Asturias, 24 calle 3-81, z. 1, Guatemala City.


6Sat., OPENING: Celebrate the official
opening of the Isla Verde Lakefront Restau-
rant and Lounge. Email for an invitation, ho-
tel@islaverdeatitlan.com. Isla Verde Lakefront
Restaurant and Lounge (tel: 5760-2648), Santa
Cruz, LakeAtitldn.
7Sun., 2pm PARADE: A celebration in
honor of the Virgen de Concepci6n with a
parade of floats (a convite), that leaves the ca-
thedral and travels though the town of Ciudad
Vieja, Sacatepiquez (5 km. from La Antigua).
7Sun., 6pm A pre-CHRISTMAS CUS-
TOM: Quema del diablo (Burn the Devil)
a tradition that eliminates evil spirits and clears
the way for Christmas celebrations. Fuente de
las Delicias, 4a calle oriented, 2 blocks past la
av. norte, LaAntigua.
Mon., 4pm PROCESSION: Rezado,
a procession of the Virgen de Concepci6n
with fireworks and folkloric dances and dra-
mas performed throughout the route. Ciudad
Vieja, Sacatepdquez.


8Mon., through Fri., 12th, 9am-4pm -
WORKSHOP: The Magic of Color, learn how
to dye wool, silk and animal fibers, using 100%
natural processes with the native plants of Gua-
temala. Indigo Artes Textiles (tel: 7888-7487)
inside Centro Cultural La Azotea, Jocotenango.
8Mon., though Jan. 15 ART: Person-
ajes misticos by Guatemalan artist Rigoberto
Mejia G6mez. Vanguardia Galeria de Arte (tel:
4144-2983) 3a calle 6-23, z. 2, Quetzaltenango. V


Tues., 10-5pm- (English/Spanish) NET-
WORKING: For NGOs and private projects,
offering a place for people who have or are working
on projects to present and share ideas. Everyone
is welcome; tea and snacks. Stuardo's Place (tel:
7832-3160) Calle Chipilapa #9-A, LaAntigua.
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9Tues., 5:30pm (English) Tuesday evening
NGO TOPIC & GUEST SPEAKER: A Road
Map for SuccessfulSocialEntrepreneurship with As
Green As It Gets, a non-profit organization sup-
porting coffee farmers, artisans and other small
producers from disadvantaged communities in
Guatemala. Donation Q25. Rainbow Caf6 (tel:
7832-1919) 7a av. sur #8, LaAntigua.


1 Wed.,
05pm
- ART:
Inauguration of
Primo-Natura,
paintings
by Marcela
Ramazzini.
Galeria Panza
Verde (tel:
7832-2925)
5a av. sur #19,
LaAntigua.


1 Wed., & Thurs., th, 8pm MUSIC:
1 A Christmas concert by the Orquesta Sin-
f6nica Nacional. Q50 & Q30. Tickets available
at 5a calle 3-25, z. 1 (tel: 2253-9023). Sala Efrain
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NA: Celebrate and participate in a Gua-
temalan posada, with the participation of the
story teller Huguette, afterwards refreshments
including punch and typical dishes. Donation
Q10 p/p. Museo Ixchel (tel: 2361-8081) 6a calle
final, z. 10, Centro Cultural Universidad Fran-
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1 Thurs., 4pm THEATER: A bal-
Sletic presentation for all ages, How the
Grinch Stole Christmas, written and adapted
for ballet by Johnny Long, choreographed
by ballerina Bette van Lunteren. (See related
article on page 19). This produc-
tion by Dorotea, Johnny Long and
musician Arturo Rosales features
local children and members of .
the National Ballet of Guate-
mala. Donation, Q40 adults,
children admitted FREE!! Also,
limited FREE transportation
leaves at 3:30pm from the central .
park, opposite the cathedral and
returns after the performance. The auditorium
of the Asociaci6n Nuestros Ahijados #106 on
the road to San Felipe, LaAntigua.
1 Thurs., 6pm (English) FILM: Babel,
directed by Alejandro Gonzilez (US).
Q15. El Sitio (tel: 7832-3037) 5a calle poniente
#15, LaAntigua.

1 Fri., CUSTOM: Dia de la T de
1 Guadalupe, throughout the country non-
indigenous and indigenous children dress in
typical clothing, paying homage to Juan Diego
of Mexico and the Virgin of Guadalupe. One
such procession begins at La Merced Church,
LaAntivua. V


1 Fi., 7pm EXPO: Proyecta Guatema-
.la, a series depicting street projects that
epitomizes the theme Mirando al Sur. Centro
de Formaci6n de la Cooperaci6n Espanola (tel:
7832-1276) 6a av. norte between 3a & 4a calle
poniente, LaAntigua.





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Traditional Weavings, Arts & Crafts
by artists from all over Guatemala
December 4, 5 & 6 from 9am to 4pm
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Inside Centro Cultural la Azotea
Tel: 7888-7487
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12 Fri., 8pm CELEBRATION: Estudio
35 2nd anniversary party with live mu-
sic, songs in English from the 80s and 90s, lots
of beer and lots of fun; also their famous pizza
2x1 all month. Estudio 35, Calle del Arco #35,
LaAntigua.


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1 Sat., 3-11pm MUSIC: Festival
lEucalipto, seven Guatemalan bands play-
ing reggae, progressive rock, fusion, Guatemalan
music, etc. For more information visit www.
festivaleucalipto.org. Q45. Boulevard Hospital
Military Los Fresnos, z. 16, Guatemala City.


The aim of art is to represent not the
outward appearance of things, but
their inward significance. -Aristotle
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul,
and paints his own nature into his pictures.
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1 Sat., 7pm ART: A cucucho y otrosjue-
J gos de zipotes with paintings and drawings
by Salvadoran artist Renato Melgar. El Sitio (tel:
7832-3037) LaAntigua. V


1 Mon., 5pm MAYAN CEREMONY:
Presentation of an authentic Mayan cer-
emony. La Pena de Sol Latino (tel: 7882-4468)
5a calle poniente #15-C, LaAntigua.
1 Tues., 5pm (English) Tuesday eve-
lVning LECTURE: Life in Guatemala:
Brief History and Current Conditions with Sue
Patterson, a retired U.S. foreign service officer
living in La Antigua, founder of WINGS, a
non-profit dedicated to reproductive health and
family planning. Donation Q25. Rainbow Caf6
(tel: 7832-1919) 7a av. sur#8, LaAntigua.
1 Wed., 9am, 2pm -WORKSHOP: Bas-
/ket .1 make your own basket using
all kinds of natural fibers of your choice. Indigo
Artes Textiles (tel: 7888-7487) inside Centro
Cultural La Azotea, Jocotenango.
1 dWed., 6pm (Spanish, w/English sub-
/ titles) FILM: La Historia Oficial, directed
by Luis Puenzo (Argentina). Free. El Sitio (tel:
7832-3037) 5a calle poniente #15, LaAntigua.
1 Fri., 10am-12:30pm & 2-4pm -
I/WORKSHOP: Decorating with Yoyos,
learn a historic technique using fabric yoyos to
make placemats, pillows, vests, bags and lamp-
shades. Bring a pen and good scissors. Instruc-
tions and fabric included. Indigo Artes Textiles
(tel: 7888-7487) inside Centro Cultural La
Azotea, Jocotenango.


SFri., 8pmr &
1 Sat., 20th,
7pm MUSIC:
Tangopasidn by
Manuel Antonio
(vocals), Vinicio
Quezada (piano)
and Edgar Avila
(accordion). Q75,
includes bever-
age. El Sitio (tel:
7832-3037) 5a
calle poniente #15,
LaAntigua.

2 Sat., 5pm DANCE: Los Nihos de
SBendici6n from San Antonio Aguas Cal-
ientes present traditional folk dances; donations
help to pay for school expenses. La Pena de Sol
Latino (tel: 7882-4468) 5a calle poniente #5-C,
LaAntigua.
2 Sat., through Jan., 10 PHOTOG-
iURAPHY: Retrato(s)de Mujer(es). Galeria
de arte de la Alianza Francesa (tel: 2440-2102)
5a calle 10-55, z. 13, Guatemala City.
2 Sat., 5pm MUSIC: Christmas con-
V2 cert to benefit J6venes con Espiritu Libre,
Proyecto Joel. Q75 includes a refreshment. Cen-
tro Luterano, la av. norte #35, LaAntigua.
1 Sun., sundown CELEBRATION:
1Chanukah, the Festival ofLights, a happy
and joyous festivity. On this day the first
W W WW ~candle on the menorah is
r lit. Small gifts are given to
family and friends on each
day of Chanukah; 22nd
the feast of Chanukah;
29th The last candle
is lit, symbolizing the ancient flask of oil that
miraculously lasted for eight days.
STues., 5:30pm Tuesday evening NGO
2JTOPIC & GUEST SPEAKER: Juvenile
Violence: Gangs in Guatemala, Juan Carlos talks
about working to eradicate violence through edu-
cation, crime prevention plans and many other
projects. Donation Q25. Rainbow Cafe (tel:
7832-1919) 7a av. sur #8, LaAntigua.


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Thursday and Fridays,
8 to 10pm Cuban
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Vista de Coraz6n.
entrance Q35.


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Negro with great salsa and Caribbean rhythms.
Free. V


Thurs. through Sun., 7:30pm Son de
Antigua. Free.
31 Wed., 8pm NEW YEAR'S PARTY: Live
music, surprises and lots of fun. Estudio 35,
Calle del Arco #35, LaAntigua.

5 Fri., 5pm Piano recital by students from
Proyecto Cultural El Stitio, directed by Ricardo
Carranza. Q30. El Sitio (tel: 7832-3037) 5a
calle poniente #15, LaAntisua.


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Monday, 7:30pm Don Ramiro will serenade
you with some beautiful Latin folk music. Free.
Tuesday, 7:30pm Malcolm will blow
you away with some classics and his infamous
tequila song. Free.
Wednesday, 7:30pm Open Mike," 1.. r..]
by Juan-Jo and friends. A complimentary drink for
all performers. Free.
Thursday & Fridays, 7:30pm Guest musi-
cians.
Saturday, 7:30pm La Casa de Kello gets the
party going with a mixture of original music, La-
tino beats, blues and popular Western music.


Sunday, 7:30pm La Raiz-Luis, Juan-Jo
& Choko, great improvised classics. Free.


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Monday, 7:30pm Kenny Molina hosts
Open Mike. Free.
Tuesday, 7:30pm Ramiro plays trova
Cubana. Free.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 7:30pm Sol Latino
plays Andean music (pan flutes). Free. V


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. minute holiday preparations, gift wrap-
ping, cooking, many traveling home for the fes-
tivities; 10pm the start of midnight mass,
Misa de Gallo; Midnight fireworks, fami-
lies and friends gather to celebrate the birth of
Christ and Peace on Earth; 26th Banks and
businesses open.
T2 Thurs. CHRISTMAS DAY: Tradi-
..tionally a quiet day, with the exception
of firecrackers and bombs booming at noon.


2T7Sat., 9am-4pm WORKSHOP: Felt
/ Making, learn this fabulous technique
of making woolen products with felt and then
dye them with natural dyes. Indigo Artes Tex-
tiles (tel: 7888-7487) inside Centro Cultural La
Azotea, Jocotenango.
31 Wed., NEW YEAR'S PARTIES:
I Everywhere! Including Estudio 35; live
music, surprises and lots of fun. Calle del Arco
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THROUGHOUT THE IVMONTH


Daily, ART: Pensamiento y movimiento, a
three-artist showing by Guatemalan ce-
ramic sculptors Maria Gir6n, Alejandro Leal and
Arturo Maldonado. These artists join their talents
with one theme in mind: to show through their
sculpture the intricate relationship between mind
and movements as seen in dancing and walking.
La Antigua Galeria de Arte (tel: 7832-2124) 4a
calle oriented #15, LaAntigua. V


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ondays, 7pm DHARMA FLICKS:
lst-Ram Dass, A of Heart; 8th-
Ram Dass, Fierce Grace; 15th-Ram Dass, Con-
sciousAgain Dialogues. Free. Mes6n Panza Verde
(tel: 7832-2925) 5a av. sur #19, LaAntigua.
T uesdays, 6pm (English) SLIDE SHOW:
Antigua: Behind the '\ by Elizabeth Bell.
Q30 benefits educational programs. *No show
on Dec. 9 & 16. Fussion Restaurant, la calle po-
niente #9, LaAntigua.
T hursdays, 8pm DOCUMENTARY
NIGHT: 4th-Volcanoes, Nature's Inferno;
11th- Secrets of the Maya Underworld; 18th-
Ancient Apocalypse, the Maya Collapse. Q20,
incls. a beer or pot of tea. Santa Cruz Cinema
(tel: 5760-2648) Hotel Isla Verde, Santa Cruz,
LakeAtitldn.
Saturday, 2pm SPORTS: La Antigua
Rugby Club training. Everyone welcome to
join, men, women, beginners through advanced.
Q10. www.rugby.com.gt/antigua. LaAntigua.
Sundays, 6:30pm (English) SUNDAY
ART FLICKS: 7th-How Art Made the World,
part I; 14th-How Art Made the World, part II.
Q15. Mes6n Panza Verde (tel: 7832-2925) 5a av.
sur #19, LaAntigua.
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most beautiful traditional Maya textiles of Gua-
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PHOTOS BY RUDY GIRON/WWW.RUDYGIRON.COM
All year long he hides under the bed or in the junk piled up in the
corner, casting misfortune or worse on helpless mortals. But on
Monday, December 7, at 6 p.m. sharp, the devil gets his comeup-
pance, as he is tossed out of the house along with the trash and set
ablaze in the Quemna delDiablo (Burning the Devil), a tradition in
many Guatemalan towns that literally sparks the beginning of the
Christmas season. Juan Carlos Ord6fiez

December 7 & 8: Celebrations honoring the T de Concepcidn featuring elaborate celebrations
in Ciudad Vieja with a parade and a procession, fireworks and folkloric dances and dramas. Tra-
ditional food sold includes estofado and ichintal en pulique, which is the root of the giiisquil plant
cooked in slices and flavored with a tomato and onion sauce, cilantro and apazote. The favorite
dessert on this holiday is crab apples (manzanillas) prepared "en dulce."
December 8 is also the official day for setting up nacimientos (nativity scenes) which is a strong
family tradition in Guatemala that requires skill and a lot of patience. The scene includes Mary,
Joseph and the figuring of the baby Jesus (who is covered up until the
25th). Also shepherds, a mule, an ox, sheep and three late-arriving
'Wise Kings' are waiting for the event. The finishing touch, an
aromatic chamomile ring, creates the wonderful scent of a typical
Guatemalan nativity. Nativities will not be put away until February
2 when the traditional Christmas season comes to an end. Desiree
de Ceballos & Karla Ceballos (Casa de Artes)

On December 12, the T de Guadalupe is celebrated throughout the country. Many children
dress in indigenous clothing and participate in parades and church blessings. One such procession
begins at the La Merced Church in La Antigua Guatemala.
December 15 marks the beginning of nightly Posadas in a reenactment of the journey to Bethle-
hem. Pilgrims accompany Mary and Joseph, singing carols, beating
turtle shell drums and playing other typical Guatemalan instru-
ments. They knock on doors seeking shelter but are turned away until
they reach a designated home, where everyone is invited inside. As
the holy couple is bedded down in solemn ceremony, the pilgrims
scramble for refreshments. The journey continues to another house
the next night, for a total of nine nights.

On the 24th of December many are doing last minute Christmas shopping, visiting friends and
catching buses bound for home. At 10pm midnight Mass (Misa de Gallo) begins, celebrating the
birth of Jesus. When the 25th arrives, prayers, fireworks, good wishes, and traditional food are
shared and enjoyed throughout the night. Christmas day is a quiet time with the exception of
more fireworks at noon.

The traditional Christmas Eve dinner is tamales and of course fruit
F"-',l of papaya, pineapple, crab apple, prunes, raisins, cinnamon,

c. -,,. to call. Hot chocolate is another holiday treat, as are bufiuelos,
fried puff pastry fritters in syrup made of molasses or brown sugar,
anise and cinnamon.
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Red and green are the traditional
holiday colors around the world,
including Guatemala. Here, how-
ever, sight is not the only sense involved in
the year-end celebrations. Pungent odors
and delightful tastes combine with vivid
colors and sweet sounds in a multi-sensory
holiday mixture. Bells ring with special joy,
carolers sing, marimbas play the music of
the season throughout the Highlands and
down to the beaches along both coasts.
Red, intense holiday red, glows from
clusters of poinsettia plants in homes and
on the streets, in elegant newly woven
blouses worn by proud indigenous ladies
and in bougainvillea spilling from gardens
over bright white walls. Deep glowing red
shines, too, from garlands of chilies, con-
tributing their snap and crackle as they
roast on grills and their sharp taste to holi-
day foods. Red skies at sunset are matched
by red flames in fireplaces that also con-
tribute pungent odor from the smoke curl-
ing above homes.
Green pine needles scattered on freshly
swept red tile floors give a rich odor that
can almost be tasted as walkers crush them
while shopping and partying. Green hill-
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another rainy season closes, gives more of
the rich pine smells and earthy odors from
green corn fields. Green banana leaves
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and green garlands hang on doorways and
drape across church altars.
But holidays here aren't just reds and
greens. Gold is in nativity scenes, often
woven of straw and gold tones gleam from
corncobs on glowing red coals. Browns
in the hillsides are mirrored in cups of hot
chocolate offered singers visiting doorways
during posadas and brown beans of coffee
emerge from the red berries beginning to be
picked in December.
Yellow flowers in the fields are matched by
yellow, cream and golden butters, cakes and
cookies on dining tables and by yellow rip-
ened bananas, finger-sized and rich in flavor.
Blue, of course, is not only the color of
Guatemala's flag, but also that of the skies
most days of the year, and of the Pacific
shores and the Caribbean breakers, with
their salty tang and taste. Blue in the deep
lakes, reflecting purple peaks of volcanoes,
turns purple at dusk, the color of penitents'
robes in holiday processions. Blue is strong
all year throughout Central America, yet
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sunlight of this season. And, of course, there
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personage of Monument 215.

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lished concepts about Mayan history
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next 20 years.


Mystery at Tak'alik Ab'aj cont. from page 17
(200 BC to 150 AD), which is when the ear-
ly Mayan culture was flourishing. Therefore,
this sculpture must have been carved before
this time, de Lavarreda and Orrego said.
The archaeologists said it could have
been carved at or just before the start of
the early Mayan era, in the transition of
Tak'alik Ab'aj from the Olmec era to the
Mayan era.
"Could it be that the early Mayan sculp-
tor wanted to invoke the preceding Olmec
culture as ancestors, as it later appears in
the Mayan steles, where the ancestors are
depicted watching from the heavens to
protect and legitimize the power of the
ruler represented below?" de Lavarreda and
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archaeological sites that are yet to be exca-
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established concepts about Mayan history
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years. In Guatemala alone, most of the ar-
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cal areas full of Mayan cities and monuments
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tected archaeological sites in remote areas
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cal institutions and a new perspective of
archaeology, the undiscovered sites present
a unique opportunity to preserve the cul-
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exiting discoveries about the ancient Mayas
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zation by Christa Schieber de Lavarreda and
Miguel Orrego Corzo, Ministry of Culture
and Sports, Head Office of Cultural and
Natural Heritage, Tak'alikAb'aj National
Project, NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGI-
CAL PARK TAK'ALIK AB'AJ El Asintal,
Retalhuleu, Guatemala.
Editor note: In the mid-1960s, a North Ameri-
can archaeologist named this site Ab aj Tak'alik,
using Spanish word order-but
incorrect in Quiche. Several years ago the Min-
istry of Culture and Sports, switched
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Santa vs Tax Planning

End ofthe year tax reducing ideas


Getting in the Christmas spirit and
year-end tax planning mixes like
oil and water. Who wants to think
about taxes, you ask, when it's time for San-
ta Claus and candy canes.
It may surprise you to know that be-
cause of his investment in a fir tree farm
in Montana some years back, Santa is a
non-resident alien (for U. S. tax purposes)
and does some tax planning in December
himself. Seriously, for a lot of people, a little
time spent at the end of the year concern-
ing taxes can save a load of money in taxes
not owed.

Some of the things that can be done
at the end of the year to reduce taxes:
Start an IRA (from earned in-
come); the maximum this year is
$5,000 (and another $5,000 for
your spouse). If you are age 50 or older
the max is $6,000 (and $6,000 for your
spouse). Even if you can't afford to tie up
the money for a long period of time, you
can "cash out" the IRA after you file (which
creates a taxable event for 2009, of course)
and with possible tax planning in 2009,
cover the cash-out with deductions or the
possibility of lower income in 2009. In the
meantime, you have created a $5,000 de-
duction in 2008 ($10,000 with a spouse).
This strategy is particularly effective if it
puts you in a lower tax bracket this year,
but not in 2009. There is an old rule in tax
planning: Always delay paying taxes as long
as legally possible.
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Turn that new hobby you started
this year into a business, especially
if there is a first-year loss, as there
is in most new businesses. Be aware that the
IRS states that if a business isn't profitable
in three years out of five that it can deem it
a hobby. Also be aware that the IRS lost its
case in federal court when it tried to enforce
that rule. The court did not agree with that
concept, stating that we all have the right to
attempt to succeed at business as long as we
like; that notwithstanding, I once worked
with a couple who each had a separate busi-
ness. It just happened to turn out, purely
by circumstance, that while he had over
$20,000 in losses each of the first two years,
she made a slight profit both of those years
($10 the first year and $28 the second year).
Then her business took a bad turn and lost
over $55,000 over the next two years while
his turned around a bit and showed a $19
and $36 profit. The fifth year, he made a
profit of $16 while she made a profit of$119.
The end result was the IRS rule was satisfied
(even though legally, it did not have to be)
and the couple racked up net deductions in
excess of $95,000 over the five years. Most
of the losses were items they might have
purchased anyway (but would not have
been deductible without a business) or in-
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Altamira and conductor Dieter Lehnhoff with their Mil-
lennium Ensemble. The collection of Christmastide music
by Hernando Franco, Pedro Bermtidez and Gaspar Fernan-
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Christmas Music from Renaissance Antigua
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Baroque era (1534-1773) San-
tiago de Guatemala-present-
day La Antigua Guatemala-was
proud of its intense music life, rivaled only
by Lima, Mexico City, and probably Bo-
gota. Beginning in 1524, early clergy had
introduced Gregorian chant and choral
polyphony for the different liturgical cele-
brations of the year, held in the first parish
church built at Almolonga. From 1534 on,
Bishop Francisco Marroquin established
musical practice according to cathedral
standards, with a fine polyphonic chorus,
often supported by the pipe organs, which


he had the organ builders construct for the
cathedral. This choir sang in alternation
with the Gregorian chant of the clergy
during the numerous liturgies held in the
cathedral and the churches of the beauti-
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By 1570, the chapel master was Her-
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to conduct the choir at daily practices and
liturgies, to teach the choirboys and to pro-
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By 1574 Franco left for New Spain, where
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Some in long underwear, some in pijamas,
SWhile hanging the stockings with much cuidado,
In hopes that old Santa would feel obligado,
To bring all children, both buenos and malos,
A nice batch of dulces and other regalos.
Outside in the yard there arose un gran grito,
and I jumped to my feet like a frightened cabrito.
I ran to the window and looked out afuera,
And who in the world do you think that it era?
Saint Nick in a sleigh and a big red sombrero,
Came dashing along like a loco bombero.
And pulling his sleigh instead ofvenados,
Were eight little burros approaching volando.
I watched as they came and this quaint little hombre,
Was shouting and whistling and calling by nombre:
"Ay Pancho, ay Pepe, ay Cuco, ay Beto,
ay Chato, ay Chopo, Maruco, y Nieto!"
Then standing erect with his hands on his pecho,
He flew to the top of our very own techo,
\'ith his round little belly like a bowl ofjalea,
He struggled to squeeze down our old chimenea.
SThen huffing and puffing at last in our sala,
With soot smeared all over his red suit de gala,
SHe filled all the stockings with lively regalos,
None for the nifios that had been very malos.
Then chuckling aloud, seeming very content,
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NGO Networking

How the Antigua Network helps connect organizations
productively through presentations and one-on-one contacts

by John Barrie


A another successful meeting of the
Antigua Network was held recently
n the spacious surroundings of La
Pefia del Sol Latino in downtown La Anti-
gua Guatemala. The Network is the brain-
child of Judy Sadlier and Gene Budinger,
two active U.S. retirees who came to Gua-
temala in 2004. Judy and Gene both have
a background in sales and say they "love to
connect people."
The Network has been active since Spring
2005, when it first convened under the title
of the Community Forum. It describes itself
as "an informal network of organizations
and individuals in Guatemala and outside
the country who work to improve the living
conditions, health, education, and econom-
ics of others in Guatemala." The principal
aim of the Network is simple: to bring to-
gether locally operating non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) and interested indi-
viduals, with the goal of fostering coopera-
tion between them and of increasing aware-
ness among them of what other individuals
and organizations are doing throughout the
country. Simply put, Gene and Judy believe
that "the whole is more than the sum of its
parts," and that this kind of coordination
The Network
is the brain-
child of Judy
Sadlier and
Gene Budinger


has many payoffs in improving the services
for the poor of Guatemala.
Through the Network, organizations
that require resources or knowledge can
connect with those who are able to provide
these things. Organizations that require
volunteer assistance or materials find this
connection very useful; in one instance,
people organizing libraries found others
who were able to supply books. Fruitful
exchanges of knowledge and experience
increase effectiveness and efficiency in the
myriad practical tasks facing anyone work-
ing in these fields: Knowing what has been
done, and what has worked best in any par-
ticular area, can be invaluable to any en-
deavor starting out or branching into some-
thing new. In Judy's words: "People don't
have to reinvent the wheel."
The Network meets in Antigua three or
four times a year. Participants are generally a
mix of older, more established organizations
such as Wings (which promotes reproductive
health, family planning, youth reproductive
health education and cervical cancer screen-
ing) and the Reicken Foundation (which
works to establish community libraries in
Central America), and newer organizations
and individuals desiring to publicize their
activities and link with others working in
the same or similar fields. The latest meet-
ing on Nov. 6 had more attendees represent-
ing newer and lesser-known endeavors and
organizations, which Judy and Gene found
heartening as it indicated a fresh pool of tal-
ent and enthusiasm to supplement the more-
established participants. continued on folowng page


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Networking cont. from previous page

Several participants gave short presen-
tations about their activities and outlined
how others could assist them. The range of
these activities demonstrated the diversity
of efforts that are ongoing across Guatema-
la, and the potential that exists within the
Network for bringing together people and
organizations that may not otherwise come
into contact. The following is a selection of
the contributions.

ASSADE
Founder Marie-Elena and colleague nurse
Emily outlined the work ofASSADE, which
provides medical care to very poor indige-
nous people in the town of San Andrds Itza-
pa, in the municipality of Chimaltenango.
ASSADE operates a health center that sees
500 patients a month, 60% of whom are
children. The town has a malnutrition rate
of 65% among children, and many fami-
lies cannot afford to pay the nominal Q3
charge for treatment (which is waived when
this is the case). ASSADE can benefit from
many kinds of assistance, from monetary
donations to donations of medicine and
medical supplies, to the help of volunteer
medical staff. Even children's toys for the
upcoming holidays are welcome as part of
ASSADE's wide-ranging efforts to improve
life in the town.

Partner for Surgery
In the words of co-founder Linda Peterson,
Partner for Surgery exists to be a "bridge
between volunteer surgical teams that come
to Guatemala and the poor they serve." For-
mally founded four years ago by two Virgin-
ians, the organization has a strong presence
in Alta Verapaz and now operates in San
Juan Sacatepdquez, where it has a "beauti-
ful clinic" but needs medical teams to work
there. In the future, the organization hopes
to train local people to carry out many of the
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medical services for which they now rely on
outside volunteers to provide.

Namaste
Nelly Zambrano described how her organi-
zation assists Guatemalans in the economic
and business spheres. Namaste, an NGO
based in San Francisco, California, and
working in three locations in Guatemala,
provides microfinance loans, business man-
agement education and vocational training
to small businesspeople, especially women.
A critical part of this training is carried out
by experts in the particular business area-
these experts are what Namaste needs most
at the moment.

Progresa
Martha Duggan spoke about Progresa, a
Quaker-based organization that provides
scholarships and loans for poor students to
go to university, usually supplying a com-
bination of a scholarship and zero-interest
loan to each student. Progresa helped 110
students in 2008, and accepts over 95% of
qualified applicants. The organization is
moving toward a community-service-in-
lieu-of-repayment scheme to further reduce
the financial burden on its students.

Iglesia del Camino
Antigua-based church Iglesia del Camino
can offer logistical help to other endeavors
in the form of short-term mission teams
from the U.S. who are available to carry out
a range of activities, from medical provision
to construction. The church also operates a
hotel that can provide services in the form
of food, transport and accommodation.

Encountour
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about his recently formed organization,
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help people from the U.S. volunteer in Gua-
temala, and is primarily aimed at college stu-
dents. Encountour is looking for established
projects that need volunteers to assist them.

As Green As It Gets
As Green As It Gets was founded by Frank-
lin Voorhees in 2005 to help small farm-
ers and artisans in Guatemala do business
in an environmentally sustainable way.
The organization is another microfinance
provider and helps with business develop-
ment and finding markets for its clients'
products. Many of these clients are cof-
fee farmers on the slopes of the Volcin de
Agua. The organization helps them to find
markets for their coffee directly and thus
realize a much larger share of the retail sales
price. As Green As It Gets is looking for
monetary donations and volunteers.
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From the brief outlines given above of
some of the organizations attending the
Network meeting, we can see the possibili-
ties for co-operation and synergy that ex-
ist between those with the common aim
of helping the less fortunate of Guatemala.
When this snapshot is expanded to cover the
wide range of NGOs and individuals work-
ing throughout the country, it is clear that
the potential for the Antigua Network and
similar organizations, including the month-
ly networking group at Stuardo's Place, to
make "the whole more than the sum of its
parts" is great. Judy and Gene's efforts are a
valuable contribution in the efforts to make
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The Gift of Giving

by Dr. Karmen Guevara
HOLISTIC PSYCHOTHERAPIST
ince the beginning of time, giving gifts
has been an important part of human
interaction. Gifts help to define our
relationships and to strengthen bonds with
family and friends. The list of occasions for
gifts is long-birthdays, anniversaries, gradu-
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Bar Mitzvahs, Christmas, weddings...! Anxi-
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will it be appreciated; and the pressure of
reciprocity. There's even a phenomenon called
"gift fatigue." We've come a long way from
the time when the Romans exchanged gifts
of evergreen branches and cakes to symbolize
prosperity and sweetness.
The significance of giving a gift has been
lost in a consumer-driven culture. The value
of a gift extends beyond a gold box with a
glittering bow. To give of oneself, when it's
least expected and without ties, is a true
gift. The greater the personal cost to give,
the greater the value of the gift. In some cul-
tures, the prosperity in a tribe was measured
not by how much a family had, but how
much they gave away. Kahil Gibran said,
"Generosity is giving more than you can."
It's in our nature to give. If we listen
to our heart, we can feel the nudge to
share-to give gifts like being fully pres-
ent and listening or with kind words of
encouragement or offering a helping hand
to a stranger. What matters most is what
Mother Teresa described as "the condition
of our heart when we give."
When we give generously we are en-
riched, and our spirit is replenished. It
has been said that there is no distinction
between the one who gives, the one who
receives and the gift itself. Every day look
for opportunities to give. Remember, every
time you smile you give someone a rose,
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We would like you to know about Hound Heights

and why we need your help


Perhaps it's a stretch to be asking for donations in order to care
for injured and abandoned animals when there are so many human
needs, yet suffering is suffering, and we're all called to action in one
way or another.
Hound Heights, AWARE'S no-kill animal refuge, is currently shel-
tering 220 dogs and 80 cats. Many puppies and kittens were adopted
this year, some older dogs and cats were lucky enough to be placed
in loving homes too, but the number of adult animals not suitable
for adoption continues to rise. It's easy to rescue an animal ... next
comes the hard part. These dogs and cats need medical attention,
they need to be housed and comforted, fed and walked, brushed ...
many will live out their lives at Hound Heights, cared for by human
kindness. They deserve no less.

If you would like to adopt a pet, Hound Heights is open to
the public every Sunday from 10am to 3pm. You may not be
able to adopt a cat or dog --- but why not sponsor one?
Q150 per month will provide general medical care,
flea control and food.
A one-time donation is also very much appreciated.
AWARE is a registered non-profit organization
in Guatemala, and a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit
corporation in the U.S. Donations in the U.S. are
100% tax deductible.


Wish List Includes:
* metal food/water bowls
* blankets, towels,
and bedding
* dog and cat food
* dog and cat toys
* cat boxes and litter
* grounds-keeping equip-
ment: shovels, rakes, etc.
* large plastic garbage pails
with lids
* building materials
* a highway sign marker
* a sign for the main gate
* 12-hp generator
* printing of business cards
and promotional material
* veterinary products
including flea control,
anti-parasite medications
* surgical supplies
and equipment,
* humane animal traps
* and perhaps tires for our
pickup.


With connections to Humane Societies in California and Florida, AWARE has been able
to send puppies to the U.S. for almost immediate adoption. US$300 covers the cost of doing
the paperwork for 4 puppies. If anyone plans to travel to California or Florida, willing to
accompany animals on the flight, your assistance will be very much appreciated.

Hound Heights, Aldea Pachaj, Interamericana km 40, Sumpango Guatemala
Xenii Nielsen: 7833-1639, 5401-3148 xenii-2@usa.net
For donations, correspondence and shopping with proceeds that
support AWARE, please visit 4a calle oriented #23, La Antigua Guatemala

www.animalaware.org
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PEOPLE and PROJECTS


A member or me Lojolya Association weaves
colorful textiles on a backstrap-loom


Accessories rrom me rainea uiass Lollection,
created by association members


Preserving Traditions

Cojolya Association celebrates 25 years supporting
women weavers in Santiago Atitldn by Amanda Flayer


Santiago Atitlin, a bustling indig-
enous village in the Guatemalan
Highlands, has been celebrated by lo-
cals and tourists alike for its preservation of
backstrap-loom weaving and the traditions
surrounding it. An ancient art, backstrap
loom weaving is recorded in the artifacts
of the Maya. The Goddess Ixchel, arche-
typal Maya weaver, weaves the cosmos on
her backstrap loom. For more than 2,000
years, the skilled hands of Maya weavers
have transformed threads into textiles-
traditions which women have passed down
from generation to generation.
This said, Santiago is neither timeless nor
immune from change. Founded in 1983,
the Cojolya Association of Maya Women
Weavers, a non-profit organization, has been
dedicated for the past 25 years to preserving
backstrap loom weaving.
In the late 1970s Cojolya co-founder
and seasoned designer Candis Krummel, an
American living in Santiago Atitlin, became
aware of the growing threats to backstrap-
loom weaving. Conditions such as discrimi-
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nation, economic pressures and Western ac-
culturation have increasingly threatened the
very existence of this ancient art.
With the help of a local Maya counter-
part, Antonio Ramirez, Candis organized
the Cojolya Association of Maya Women
Weavers to enable local skilled artists to
make a living wage by producing their mag-
nificent textiles. Nearly a quarter century
later, both Candis and Antonio remain pas-
sionately dedicated to the Cojolya associa-
tion. For Antonio, his greatest satisfaction
throughout Cojolya's 25-year existence has
been "seeing many local women earn a suf-
ficient working wage to raise their families
out of poverty." Beaming, he adds, "Cojolya
is now a sustainable business operation."
As a member of the Fair Trade Organi-
zation, the Cojolya association strives to be
responsive to the needs of the approximately
70 weavers, knotters, jaspe makers, warpers
and tailors who craft the Cojolya products.
Weavers are provided with threads and
looms, design services and assistance with
the development of ...contnued on pagell6




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