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9 PEOPLE AND PROJECTS by Maya Moore
Thirteen Threads

10 CELEBRATIONS
Guatemala Holiday Calendar

12 GREAT ESCAPES byLauraMcNamara
El Pilar: part 3

14 SPORTS by Dorothy Kethler
Futbol: Barrio Norte Style

16 HEALTH by Sue Patterson & Laurel White
A killer in the developing world

18 DO-IT-YOURSELF TOUR byloy Houston
Touring the Nacimientos

20 LAKE VIEWS by Dwight Wayne Coop
Charlie Brown in Santiago

DATEBOOK HIGHLIGHTS
21 Christmas Concert
23 AnEcho Anniversary
23 Roman Rudnytsky piano concert

BOOK ALERTS
22 Por eso hay tanto silencio
32 Cooking with Audrey
66 Fiambre Chapin
123 Fichas de Fincas Salvadorefias

24 DATEBOOK) December
Guide to culture and upcoming events

42 HOLISTIC THOUGHTS byDr. Karmen Guevara
A Journey to Inner Space

88 ARTESANIA by Anthony Brindisi
Community Industry

92 BORDER CROSSING
Dr. John Cheatham 1940-2009

128 SENSUOUS GUATEMALA by Ken Veronda
Holiday Scents


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52 La Antigua
99 Lake Atitlan
103 Quetzaltenango
107 Monterrico/Pacific Coast
111 Coban /Tecpan
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FROM THE PUBLISHERS
We are excited to bring you this
Christmas potpourri starting
V with the cover image taken by
photographer Ricardo Gindara. We hope
our annual Guatemala Holiday Calendar
is useful; Joy Houston extends an invite to
tour nacimientos; Elizabeth Bell highlights
Festivities in Ciudad Vieja, accompanied
with photos by Gary Kaney; there is also
a host of other holiday photo ops taken by
additional talented photographers; Charlie
Brown in Santiago was penned by humorist
Dwight Wayne Coop and Ken Veronda's
monthly "Sensuous Guatemala" is the
delicious Holiday Scents.
In keeping with December traditions,
DateBook includes a Christmas bazaar; a
theatrical performance of How the Grinch
Stole Christmas; listings for Quema del
Diablo (Burn the Devil), celebrations and
parades to honor the Virgen de Concepcidn;
Christmas concerts, an opportunity to be
a part of a Posada Navidena; and Dia de la
Virgen de Guadalupe celebrations. In addition
there are art shows, lectures, musical events,
workshops and much, much more.
For book lovers we have "Book Alerts;"
"People and Projects" presents Thirteen Threads;
and Anthony Brindisi gives us some holiday
gift buying possibilities-all handmade by the
women of San Rafael Chilasc6.
There's still more, "Great Escapes," the
final in the El Pilar series; "Sports"-and
how giving, gives back; "Health Issues"
reports on devastating statistics that are offset
by dedicated people and their organizations
who've found some workable solutions.
We dedicate this edition to Dr. John
Cheatham, 1940-2009. He leaves the world
a better place and forever an example of
selflessness and service.
-John & Terry Kqovick Biskovich
ALL OF USATREVUE WISHALL
OF YOUA WONDERFUL 2010!!!
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Over Five Years

ofEmpowering

Maya Women

text and photo by Maya Moore

Thirteen Threads (TT), a Maya

women's education and empower-
ment project based in Panajachel,
Lake Atitlan, proudly completed its first
five years of operations this year. What be-
gan as an 18-month pilot project designed
to provide resources to 16 groups of arti-
sans working with two fair-trade organiza-
tions, Mayan Hands and Maya Traditions,
has turned into a valued organization in
its own right. Today, TT serves over 400
Maya women from 21 rural Guatemalan
communities.

The mission of Thirteen Threads is to em-
power organized groups of indigenous
women to bring about changes, through
their own efforts, that will alleviate the ad-
verse effects of poverty and improve their
quality of life. To this end, TT offers train-
ings and workshops in four focus areas: new
and improved artisan skills; democracy and
group organization; health and well-being;
and small business skills, including micro-
credit loans.

Participants consistently express sincere ap-
preciation for the skills and knowledge that
TT has given them. Over the past year, TT
has offered sewing classes, a soap-making
workshop and rug-hooking training us-
ing recycled cortes and huipiles. TT's three
community facilitators continue to make
monthly visits to each group. This year, the
focus has been on group administration


for self-sufficiency, including themes on
division of responsibilities, management of
funds and resolution of conflicts.

TT, as an organization, is growing, as well.
An ambitious proposal for the next three
years has been developed, presenting a va-
riety of innovative ideas for transitioning
into a more democratic and sustainable
operation. TT hopes to continue to inspire
others and is thankful for all of the dedi-
cated support that it has received for this
ever-evolving project.

Wish List
Used laptops, projector, funds to make a
film about the project.

For more information on how to volunteer
or donate, please visit the Thirteen Threads
website, www.oxlajujbatz.org. You can also
find the latest project updates on Facebook
and Twitter. o
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CELEBRATIONS


December 7, Burning of the Devil (CsrTian)





All year he hides under the bed or
in the junk piled up in the corner,
asting misfortune or worse on
helpless mortals. But on Monday, Dec. 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 Quema
del Diablo (Burning the Devil), a tradi-
tion in many Guatemalan towns that liter-
ally sparks the beginning of the Christmas
season. -Juan Carlos Orddnez

Dec. 7 & 8: Celebrations honoring the Vir-
gen de Concepcidn featuring elaborate cel-
ebrations in Ciudad Vieja with parades and
processions, fireworks and folkloric dances
and dramas. Traditional food for sale in-
cludes estofado and pepidn, a traditional
Mayan meat dish made with a spicy sauce
of chile gaugue and pasa, cilantro, tomato,
onion, toasted sesame and pepitoria seeds.
The favorite dessert on this holiday is crab
apples (manzanillas) prepared en dulce. See
related article on page 29 and photo spreads
on pages 72 and 76.
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Folkloric dancer, Ciudad Vieja


Dec. 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
scenes include Mary, Joseph and the baby
Jesus (who is covered up until the 25th), also
shepherds, a mule, an ox, sheep and three
late-arriving Wise Kings. The finishing
touch, an aromatic chamomile ring, creates
the wonderful scent of a typical Guatema-
lan nativity. Nativities will not be put away
until Feb. 2 when the traditional Christmas
season comes to an end. -Desired de Ce-
ballos and Karla Ceballos (Casa de Artes, La
Antigua) See related article on page 18.

On Dec. 12 the Virgen 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 Mer-
ced Church in Antigua.

























TheVirgen de Guadalupe procession


Dec. 15 marks the beginning of nightly
Posadas in a reenactment of Mary and
Joseph's journey to Bethlehem. Pilgrims
accompany them, singing carols, beating
turtle shell drums and playing other typical
Guatemalan instruments. They knock on
doors seeking shelter but are turned away
until they reach the designated home where
everyone is invited inside. As the holy cou-
ple 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, Noche Buenal
Christmas Eve, many are doing last minute
Christmas shopping, visiting friends, catch-
ing buses bound for home. At 10pm the
midnight Mass/Misa de Gallo) begins, cel-
ebrating the birth of Jesus. When the clock
strikes midnight, Navidad / Christmas
Day, Dec. 25) is celebrated with prayers,
fireworks, good wishes, and traditional food
is shared and enjoyed throughout the night.
With the dawn comes time for rest, the day
is quiet-with the exception of more fire-
works and bombas at noon.


The traditional Christmas Eve dinner is
tamales and of course punch that includes
papayas, pineapple, crab apples, prunes,
raisins, cinnamon, cloves and shredded co-
conut, served hot or cold when friends or
family come to call. Hot chocolate is anoth-
er holiday treat, as are bunuelos, fried puff
pastry fritters served with syrup of molasses
or brown sugar, anise and cinnamon.

Jan. 1: HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010


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Dec. 12, Children's parade






GREAT ESCAPES by Laura McNamara photos: Thor Janson


The final article of a three-part series exploring El Pilar-a raw and wild reserve
where the proprietors have a vision for developing it into a sustainable resource for
valuable research and first-rate birdwatching.


( W 7" Then you preserve a place with
SALI a natural ecosystem you pre-
serve all the biodiversity that
lives in there," Juan Rivera asserts.
Rivera is the manager of Finca El Pi-
lar, a quiet natural retreat just 3.5 kilome-
ters from La Antigua's central park near
San Crist6bal El Bajo. He says properly
developing this wild haven into a tourist-
friendly reserve is critical for enabling the
invaluable research of a fragile and threat-
ened ecosystem found within the grounds
of the farm.
"We have some remaining cloud forest on
the top. A cloud forest is a mix of conditions.
You have to have a certain altitude above sea
level-generally it's above 1,800 meters. You
have to have an ocean relatively close, the mist
from the ocean forms clouds that fill the for-
est. You also have to have specific wind pat-
terns that guide the clouds into the forest."
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Rivera estimates that about 30 percent
of his farm constitutes a cloud forest and,
without proper conservation, it could easily
diminish to nothing.
"For the last four years, we've had a fire
every year. Two years ago we had some big
fires in the upper part near the houses and
it burned all the forest soil."
Rivera recalls that one fire was particu-
larly devastating.
"It burned maybe 20 percent of the cloud
forest that was on the top of the mountain.
And you know a cloud forest is very, very
wet, so it was a big fire. ... We have to be
monitoring constantly. In the dry season
we have a water tank with a big hose at-
tached on the back in case we need to put
out fires."
Fires aren't the only threat. Global
warming is another issue that Rivera says
pressures the fragile environment.






























"Global warming is a threat because ...
as it becomes hotter, maybe by 10 degrees,
the forest can only find colder temperatures
if it goes up. But, it doesn't have any way to
go up because there is no more land. So it's
starts to die."
Research suggests that it takes between
500 and 600 years for a cloud forest to
re-grow, and Rivera says "with the global
warming that's not going to happen." Thus,
the farm manager has just one option: "I
can only preserve what I have left."
What's left still proves to be quite much.
El Pilar is believed to be the home of one
of the most diverse bat populations around
Antigua. Other wildlife includes grey fox,
snakes, porcupines, skunks, opossums, rac-
coons, frogs, lizards and more. But what at-


tracts Rivera most is the plentiful population
of birds. More than 130 species can be spot-
ted flitting throughout the farm's treetops.
"I want to build a place that is bird-
watcher friendly. Maybe build a lodge far-
ther up the mountain and a scientific sta-
tion for visitors and students from around
the world who are getting advanced degrees
and want to come here to do research."
Yet, Rivera wants to keep the reserve as
wild and natural as possible.
"I want to make it very low-impact. We
have a lot of potential with birdwatching
tourism, the eco-system is very good. We
can also make some trekking and moun-
tain-biking."
Rivera says El Pilar has already hosted
international birdwatching continued on page 44


El Pilar is located about 3.5 kilometers from the central park. Begin by wia lk.ug south toward
7a calle until you reach San Francisco Church. i past the church and behind it to find the
path leading to Santa Ana. Look for El Calvario Church and INVAL, the institute for men.
When you reach the landmarks, cross to the left to find the end of a path. You will be able to see
the Church of San Cristdbal El Bajo. I i up the path, past the church until you reach El Pi-
lar. The walk is about 20 minutes. A ride in a tuk tuk or taxi will take less than 10 minutes.


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SPORTS text and photos by Dorothy Kethler


FUTBOL:

Barrio Norte Style

L as Manos (The Hands), Los Cuates (Buddies), Talleres
(Metal Workers), Areneros (Sand Diggers), Las Mu-
necas (The Dolls), Los Dragones (The Dragons), these
are a few of the 36 soccer teams participating in the Barrio
Norte Soccer Project. Every Saturday and Sunday the rau-
cous cheers and thuds of the games can be heard through-
out the barrio. There are 350 boys and girls (ages 11-17) and
young adults involved, thanks to Willy Lynch, sports lover
and patron, and Robin Rodriguez, manager, and Juan ofAll
Trades, himself a former second division professional soccer
player and father of four.
Three years ago, after Hurricane Stan decimated Barrio
Norte in Panajachel, Lake Atitlin, Willy became concerned
that there was nowhere in the barrio for the kids to play
and most were just hanging out and headed for trouble. He
talked to Don Meme Pablo de Le6n about using some of
his land for a soccer field. Don Meme agreed to lend the
land, and the locals started moving boulders, tree trunks
and other debris left by the flash flood. They hired earth
movers to carve out a space 40 by 28 meters (smaller than a
regulation playing field). The men raked and leveled as best
they could.
Willy provides trophies, medals, chalk for lines, soc-
cer balls and nets, as well as celebratory pizza and sodas
after the tournaments. The men, mostly fathers of the kids,
maintain the field and provide volunteer referees. If they
don't work, they forfeit their games. What began as a bar-
rio project now involves teams from Jucanyi, Patanatic and
other areas, but all the work is done by the people of Barrio
Norte. By now most teams have their own uniforms; there
are loaner uniforms for those without. Willy hopes to see
more fields in other parts of town. The problem is getting
land, most of which is privately owned.
This year Willy started a basketball program and held a
free basketball clinic when his daughter, Lauren, a physical
education teacher in New York City's Bedford-Stuyvesant
area, came for a visit. Sixty kids attended. Lauren plans to


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return in December because she was so impressed with the kids.
"They were respectful, they listened, they were well behaved.
There was no arguing or fighting! What a change from up
North. Sixty kids up there would have been total chaos!" They
now have 10 to 15 teams with both boys and girls (ages 8-15) on
the same teams. Annette Garcia, from Australia, is their coach.
Willy, too, comments on the behavior of these youngsters:
"There's no getting into trouble, no smoking, no drinking, no
pot. They're well spoken, polite and they listen. There are no
fights in the games and, so far, no injuries. They play rough,
but there is no intentional fouling. They are good sports and
they have a lot of fun."
I interviewed some of the kids and found them surprisingly
open and forthcoming. Brian, 11, who has been in the pro-
gram for two years, says "I like to make goals. I have no bad
grades, my favorite subject is math. I want to be a computer
expert." Josue, 11, likes being a striker (forward). He gets 60s
and 70s in school and wants to be a doctor. Henry, 13, also a
striker, says his grades are "some good, some bad." Spanish is
difficult for him. He wants to be a PE teacher. Mario, 13, likes
defense. His grades are "satisfactory." His favorite subject is
math and he wants to be a teacher.
The referee that day, Minor, also a former second division
player, says it's very important for kids to play and not get into
trouble. "They get very enthusiastic, they don't want to lose. If
the ref is demanding and calls fouls, they listen. If he doesn't
know what he's doing, they ignore him." Minor volunteers
because sports are important for the community. "If people
do only what they are paid to do, you lose the spirit of sport.
It's for the good of the community." He has been supportive
of kids' sports for the past 15 years.
Robin is the key person, says Willy. "He does all the orga-
nizing, schedules, contacts everyone to remind them of games,
keeps track of the volunteer commitments-everything, for
free. He is also a referee. "
Willy says volunteer coaches (Spanish speaking) are needed,
even for a couple of weeks at a time, as well as money for soccer
balls (100-150Q), uniforms (100Q), andshoesforthosewho can't
afford them. And space to play, even if only for a few years. If you
are interested in participating, please email: Willy34@msn.com
After all, he says, "It's fun, good for the kids. I meet lots of
people. When you retire to Guatemala, you need to find a pas-
sion, a purpose, a way to become a real part of your community.
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H EALTH by Sue Patterson and Laurel White


Last May, Emma, a 35-year-old mother of nine, passed away from cervical cancer,
now considered a sexually-transmitted disease. Her premature death was a terrible and
preventable tragedy. After hearing a radio announcement about a WINGS-sponsored
screening in Chimaltenango, she came for her first such screening two years ago, but
the test revealed Emma had advanced cancer.
Feeling helpless at first because she couldn't afford any treatment, Emma found great
support from WINGS' staff members, who arranged for her to be seen by a doctor and
to receive available treatment, including radiotherapy, from INCAN, the Guatemalan
Cancer Institute. Unfortunately, Emma's cancer was very advanced by the time it was
discovered, and the treatment was unsuccessful.
During her lifetime Emma, like 60 percent of Guatemalan women, had never used any
contraceptive method because she believed, as do so many people here, that contraceptives
cause cancer. After attending the cervical cancer clinic, she learned that this widespread
belief was actually a dangerous myth. Until her death, Emma continued to spread the
word to other women in her community that all women are at risk for cervical cancer and
that cancer is not caused by family planning methods. She encouraged all the women she
knew to be screened, telling them that the test could save their lives.



Cervical Cancer

A killer in the developing world


Cervical cancer has a major impact
on women's lives worldwide, par-
ticularly in developing countries
where it is the leading cause of cancer deaths
among women. According to the latest
global estimates, 493,000 new cases of cer-
vical cancer occur each year, and 274,000
women die of the disease annually. Because
the disease progresses over many years, an
estimated 1.4 million women worldwide are
living with cervical cancer, and two to five
times more-up to 7 million worldwide-
may have precancerous conditions that need
to be identified and treated.
If it is not detected and treated early,
cervical cancer is nearly always fatal. The
disease, which affects the poorest and most
vulnerable women, sends a ripple effect
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through families and communities that
rely heavily on women's roles as providers
and caregivers. Four out of five new cases,
and a similar proportion of deaths, occur in
developing countries where screening pro-
grams are not well established or effective.
In Guatemala, cervical cancer is the
leading cause of cancer-related deaths
among women of reproductive age, with
3.77 million Guatemalan women current-
ly at risk for this potentially fatal cancer.
Over 60 percent of female cancer cases at-
tended by the National Cancer Institute in
Guatemala are cervical cancer, which ac-
counts for more than breast, skin, ovarian
and stomach cancers combined.
Cervical cancer is a slow-growing cancer,
easily prevented through regular screen








ing and treatment of pre-cancerous lesions,
which can reduce incidence and mortality
by as much as 90 percent. Unfortunately,
Guatemala, like most developing countries,
has no effective national screening program,
and hundreds of Guatemalan women con-
tinue to die unnecessarily each year from
this preventable disease. Women in poor,
rural areas are at especially high risk for cer-
vical cancer due to factors such as unfaithful
partners, early initiation of sexual activity,
high fertility, poor nutrition and lack of ac-
cess to health services. More than 75 percent
of the women living in Guatemala's rural ar-
eas and poor urban communities have never
been screened for cervical cancer.

At least two organizations are working
to address the widespread lack of cervical
cancer screening services in Guatemala.
The Women's International Network for
Guatemalan Solutions (WINGS), an NGO
based in La Antigua Guatemala with a mis-
sion to create opportunities for Guatema-
lan families to improve their lives through
family planning education and reproduc-
tive health care, operates a mobile cervical
cancer detection and treatment program.
Because many women are not aware of the
risks of cervical cancer or methods for pre-
vention, WINGS also conducts educational
outreach to expand knowledge and increase
demand for screenings. Women who attend
WINGS' talks or clinics are encouraged to
share information about cervical cancer
with their friends, relatives and neighbors.
In 2008, WINGS screened more than
4,300 women at its mobile clinics.
Faith in Practice is an NGO that aims
to improve the physical, spiritual and eco-
nomic conditions of the poor in Guatemala
through short-term surgical, medical and
dental mission trips and health-related edu-
cational programs. Last year, Faith in Prac-


In Guatemala, cervical cancer is
the leading cause of cancer-re-
lated deaths among women of
reproductive age, with 3.77 mil-
lion Guatemalan women cur-
rently at risk for this potentially
fatal disease.
More than 75 percent of the
women living in Guatemala's
rural areas and poor urban
communities have never been
screened for cervical cancer.

tice screened almost 3,000 women and pro-
vided training for Guatemalan doctors and
nurses who went on to screen over 12,000
women at public health clinics.
Both WINGS and Faith in Practice uti-
lize the low-cost VIA/Cryo method (visual
inspection of the cervix with acetic acid
and same-day treatment using cryothera-
py), also called the "see and treat" method
or laprueba rdpida. This technique is espe-
cially appropriate for low-resource settings
because results can be given the same day,
and up to half of abnormalities detected can
be treated immediately using cryotherapy,
a simple procedure which involves freezing
the surface of the cervix. VIA/Cryo greatly
diminishes the need for return visits, which
are often prohibitively difficult or expensive
for women in isolated or low-income areas.
In addition, when the result of a screening
is negative, the test only needs to be repeat-
ed every three years, whereas Pap smears
should be repeated annually because of
the high prevalence of false negatives with
the Pap smear test. VIA/Cryo can be per-
formed by any trained healthcare provider,
not necessarily contiuedon page46
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Do-it-yourself Tour by Joy Houston


Touring the Nacimientos

La Antigua's nativity scenes are as beautiful as they are varied


or centuries, all over the world artis-
tic expressions of the birth of Jesus
have touched people of all ages and
stages, the right and the poor, the merry
and the melancholy, the proud and the
profane. Surely you find yourself in there
somewhere. So this month treat your senses
and your spirit to a do-it-yourself tour of
the nacimientos in the churches of La Anti-
gua Guatemala.
If you say, "They're all the same," you
might be surprised. The basic group in-
cludes Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus, shep-
herds ... whoops! Not all have shepherds.
Surely there's always a sheep? Nope.
Angels? Not always. Cattle lowing, a
star on high, wise men from afar? Maybe,
maybe not.
Visiting nacimientos in Antigua's church-
es provides a very pleasant and provocative
pre-Christmas pastime. Because we tend to
overlook what is common to us (who visits a
museum most, a tourist or a local?), it could
be easy to take a look at one nacimiento, the
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closest or most convenient and no more.
Hint: Do yourself a favor; look a little fur-
ther this year.
Antigua church nacimientos reflect the
economics and culture of the particular par-
ish. In years past the cathedral's nacimiento
could have been called elegant, Escuela
de Cristo's pastoral and Hermano Pedro's
simple-and simply painted, while life-size
figures at the cathedral and San Francisco
were luxuriously robed. Escuela de Cristo
had a country scene with three large, fluffy
sheet and no kings, but two women draw-
ing or carrying water. The three kings at
Hermano Pedro rode horses.
Calvario had 10 animals in a setting that
gave a sense of an open plain. San Francisco
offered a walk-through cave complete with
waterfall, while a music box played "We
wish you a Merry Christmas."
The action was in the sky at the cathe-
dral with great-winged, flying angels, some
playing trumpets.
Yet more life-size angels at the cathedral






























were standing or sitting on bales of hay, but
no shepherds, no animals. And all the faces
were pale. La Merced also had flying an-
gels, completely gilded, hovering over the
nacimiento given the most prominent place
of all, just behind the altar.
A second nacimiento at La Merced, to-
ward the back of the church, included a
model of the town of Antigua with a river
flowing around it. Water played a role in
several nacimientos, and most sparkled with
tiny, twinkling lights. Other materials used
were pine needles, strings ofcrabapples, palm
branches, moss, sand, lace, velvet, sheets of
heavy brown paper, crumpled and molded,
then painted or gilded.
The nacimientos are beautiful, creative
gifts of love of each congregation. They in-
vite you to come and see. Stay awhile, long
enough to look intentionally. The rest is up
to you.
Seen one, seen 'em all? Not so with the
nacimientos.
Don't miss viewing them this Christmas
season! 0


La Merced (Nuestra Sefiora de Las
Mercedes)
6a avenida norte & la calle poniente

San Francisco El Grande
7a calle oriented & la avenida sur

Escuela de Cristo
Calle de los Pasos & Calle de Belkn

La Ermita de el Calvario
Southern extreme ofAlameda de El Cal-
vario (the road leads farther on to the
villages of San Crist6bal El Bajo, San
Gaspar Vivar, San Juan del Obispo, &
Santa Maria de Jesds).

Obras Sociales Hermano Pedro
6a calle oriented #20 (between 3a and 4a
avenida), across from Parque de la Uni6n

San Jos6 Catedral
Central Park


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- Lake Views
by Dwight Wayne Coop




Charlie Brown in Santiago Atitlin

Or, How the Peanuts gang finds relieffrom
the big northern syndicate this Christmas


en I was a child, the holiday
13 _season's shortest half-hour passed
During the broadcast of Merry
Christmas, Charlie Brown. That, and the oth-
er seasonal Peanuts specials, were always over
too quickly. These cartoons enraptured every-
one-even grownups who otherwise despised
cartoons, like those vapid Flintstones.
I might have been 6 when my mother
explained to me Linus VanPelt's remark (to
Charlie Brown) that "Christmas was con-
trolled by a big eastern syndicate" (which
might today be identified with Wal-Mart).
The theme of Merry Christmas was the
search for meaning among the crass con-
sumerism that bred Linus' complaint. The
Peanuts gang goes on to discover meaning
in the rescue of an anemic Christmas tree
found, allegorically, among a lot of garish
tinsel trees flocked with fake snow.

If Linus grew up to become an expat in
Guatemala, he would find the consumerism
more tolerable here, especially if he limited
his TV and radio time. Certain broadcast-
ers begin the countdown in September by
announcing, several times hourly, that Sdlo
faltan 106 diaspara la navidad! If you listen
to the radio with some regularity, then you
hear this reminder thousands of times be-
tween Labor Day and Christmas. Like they
don't want you to forget, or something. I
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could wish this "reminding" system were
operative for lost keys.
Although Charlie Brown does find
meaning, he remains resigned to the per-
vasion of Linus' big eastern syndicate. But
Linus may have been right in ways he could
not have known, since another big eastern
syndicate began spreading Christmas in
Guatemala for centuries prior to its "intro-
duction" in the early 1500s. For while the
big eastern syndicate of medieval Catholi-
cism deserves partial credit for promoting
the holiday in the New World, there is
evidence that a still older big eastern syn-
dicate, first-century Christianity, was the
original herald.

Fortunately, it is rare these days to hear
Columbus called the discoverer of the New
World. I have to wonder how my Apache
ancestors felt when, newly confined to the
reservation, their white schoolteachers de-
scribed him thus. Columbus was only the
latest in a series of rediscoverers, and even
then only eurocentrically speaking. His
landfall was Western Civilization emerg-
ing from a fugue and "discovering" a hemi-
sphere it had long influenced, but had not
known, since the exchanges and diasporas
had been one-way propositions. Migrants
had crossed the Bering Strait, sailed the At-
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The children's choir"Escolania Luterana"will perform a benefit concert.


Concert of Sacred & Christmas Music
Sunday, December 13, 4-6pm
Convento de Capuchinas, La Antigua, 2a av. & 2a calle


A t the age of 10 Jorge Pellecer Badillo
began formal music and piano les-
ons. Five years later he founded a
choir in his church. At 17, he graduated
from high school with honors and began his
studies in medicine. He went on to special-
ize in psychotherapy and music therapy.
He plays various wind instruments and
directs the Brass Choir of "Cristo Rey"
Church, where he is the chapel master. Dr.


Pellecer founded and directs the Antique
Music Ensemble "Ars Nova de Guatemala"
and has made an important rescue of Gua-
temala's colonial music, documented in
three CDs.

In 2004 Dr. Pellecer founded "Escolania
Luterana," to awaken the musical talent
and appreciation among the young chil-
dren of the congregation.
This holiday performance of Sacred and
Christmas music benefits JOEL (J6venes
con Espiritu Libre) a program that pro-
motes values and principles to teenagers
who attend public schools.

Q75 per person: advance sales please call
2360-6425 during office hours; tickets also
on sale the day of the event. o


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BOOK ALERT


Por eso hay tanto silencio

Author Alicia Alexandra Robinson
Illustrations by Claudia Tremblay
Published by Magna Terra, August 2009
Spanish language, 52 pages

About the author:
Alicia Robinson, was born in the United
States in October 1990 although she spent
much of her young life in Guatemala. Ali-
cia moved to this country in 1998, two
years after the Peace Accords were signed,
with her mother who worked with the UN
peacekeeping mission, MINUGUA. That
is why since she was a child Alicia was ex- About the book:
posed to different social realities, peoples, The best description of this book is
cultures and ideologies that accompany found in the last story, Por eso hay tanto
many developing countries or those that silencio, which is the title of this brief col-
have gone through armed conflict. While election of stories. The author's concerns in
attending high school near Lake Atitlin, the face of poverty, social inequality, dis-
Alicia was exposed to Latin American lit- crimination and exploitation, transferred
erature through her courses with Professor to prose, give voice to that which is often
Francisco Guzmin, a well-known Solold silenced. The themes, angles and perspec-
artist and writer. This inspired her to cre- tives are quite varied and have been divided
ate her own stories. Alicia is now a student by those that address the innocence of chil-
at Stanford University majoring in interna- dren, through the bitter corruption that
tional relations and aspiring to have a ca- contributes to this social, political and eco-
reer in international law. nomic silence. The challenge is to submerge
oneself in these short stories and discover
our own silence. 43o

This book is available in Guatemala at Sophos
Bookstore (Plaza Fontanella), Guatemala
C ., Casa del Conde Bookstore, La Antigua;
Libreria del Lago and the Bus Stop Bookstore,
Panajachel, Lake Atitldin.


The author at one of her book-signing events


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AnEcho First
Anniversary Celebration
by Betsy Cerezo

A nEcho is celebrating its first anniversa-
.y! La Antigua's Educational Cultural
Home Office is much more than a conven-
tional community center. Because of Anti-
gua's international populous, AnEcho has
been able to weave a multi-faceted program
to include not just our retired and semi-re-
tired foreign nationals, also our Antigiiefio
neighbors, tourists, Salvemos Antigua mem-
bers, and even Guatemala City dwellers.

In 2010 AnEcho will be continuing its
weekly activities of tai chi and NIA, Al
Anon meetings and bridge and tango class-
es. A "Brown Bag Lunch" weekly movie
will be added with an open discussion af-
terward. We've planned workshops of jew-
elry making, writing your memoirs and
relieving stress through art. We're looking
forward to art/history lectures, book review
meetings, more discussion series and study
groups, a "Yankee Swap," and even Gua-
temala City excursions. We're anxious for
your feedback for other ideas and interests.
And any and all leaders and facilitators, get
on your soapbox!

Our success this past year is due to our
many participates in all our varied activi-
ties. We'll be toasting to AnEcho's contin-
ued success and to the Antigua community
who have wholeheartedly joined in the fun.
Thanks, everybody! e0
The first anniversary celebration will be
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 5-7p.m. at
AnEcho, Casa Convento ConcepciOn,
4a calle oriented #41, tel: 7882-4600


An evening ofpiano music
with Roman Rudnytsky

Tuesday, December 8, 7:00 p.m.
Teatro Dick Smith, IGA, ruta 1,
4-05, zone 4, Guatemala City
Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy
Admission free

R oman Rudnytsky is an American con-
cert pianist of Ukrainian background
and a graduate of the world-renowned Juil-
liard School for music, dance, and drama,
in New York. As of 2009, Rudnytsky has
played in more than 90 countries. He is a
prizewinner of 10 national and internation-
al piano competitions and has performed
as soloist with many orchestras around the
world. He has given concerts and master
classes under the auspices of U.S. embassies
in 35 countries over 25 years. Rudnytsky is
a professor of music at the Dana School of
Music of Youngstown State University in
Youngstown, Ohio, and is the recipient of a
"Distinguished Professor Award" from that
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Tues., through Sat 19th ART: Dibujos
de Coleccidn anos 90, a collective exposition
by artists from El Salvador, M6xico and the
U.S. El Attico (tel: 2368-0853) 4a av 15-45, z.
14, Guatemala City. V


1Tues., 6pm (English) SLIDE SHOW:
Antigua: Behind the '\ by Elizabeth. Q30
benefits educational programs. El Sitio, 5a calle
poniente #15, LaAntigua.

Through Wed., 16th ART: Vias Fluviales,
wood engravings by Mois&s Barrios. El
Attico (tel: 2368-0853) 4a av 15-45, z. 14,
Guatemala City. V


T through Sat., 12th -ART: DeAlas, Trans-
I. formaciones, sculpture by talented artist
Sergio Chivez. Cant6n exposici6n de G&T
Continental, 4 Grados Norte, via 5, local 3, z.
4, Guatemala City. V



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T through Sat., 12th, 4pm (Spanish)
THEATER FOR CHILDREN: Rodolfo
El Reno de la Nariz Roja by Sociedad Estetica
Teatral. Q40. Teatro Dick Smith, IGA (tel:
2422-5555), Guatemala City.
Wed., 3:30pm (Spanish) CHESS
WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN: Kids
will learn basic skills in order to play this
game. Libreria Infantil El Hormiguero (tel:
2368-3855) 20 calle 25-96, z. 10 La Plaza, local
15, Guatemala City.
3 Thurs., & Fri. 4th, 9am-4pm & Sat., 5th,
9am-2pm CHRISTMAS BAZAAR:
Featuring unique and creative gifts, plus
weavings, and arts and crafts from all over
Guatemala. Indigo Artes (tel: 7888-7847)
inside the Centro Cultural la Azotea, Antigua/
Jocotenango, Sac.

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4 Fri., II ECO-FESTIVAL with the
organization Pura Vida, featuring its new
recycling manual, also lectures and the sale of
ecological and organic products. Visit www.
puravidaatitlan.org or puravidaecofestival@
hotmail.com. Tzunund, Lake Atitldn.
4Fri., 5pm THEATER: A performance
for children of all ages, How the Grinch
Stole Christmas adapted for ballet by Johnny
Long, produced by Paloma P6rez-Templado,
choreographed by Bette Van Luteren, scenery
and costumes by Deborah DuFlon. The
production features local children, pupils of the
Gilda Jolis Academy of Ballet and members of
the National Ballet of Guatemala. Adults: A
donation to Nuestros Ahijados (God's Child
Project); Children, free. Also,
free transportation leaves at
4:30pm from the Cathedral and
returns after the performance. ,Y
See related article on page 78.
Nuestros Ahijados #106 road to
San Felipe, LaAntigua.
_


5 Sat., 11am ART: Inauguration of
Miniaturas featuring works created by a
group of talented artists. Galeria El Tdnel (tel:
2367-3266) Plaza Obelisco 16 calle 1-01, z. 10,
Guatemala City.


Sat., 10:30am (Spanish) STORY-
TELLING: Cuenta Cuentos. Libreria Infantil
El Hormiguero (tel: 2368-3855) 20 calle 25-96,
z. 10 La Plaza, local 15, Guatemala City.
Sat., 5-7pm MUSIC:
Navidenos by Capella Cantorum, a group
of 16 talented singers, ranging from sopranos
to altos, tenors, baritones and bass; directed by
Carlos Salazar. Q60. El Sitio (tel: 7832-3037)
5a calle poniente #15, LaAntigua.
7Mon., 2pm CULTURAL EVENT:
A celebration in honor of the Virgen de
Concepci6n with a parade of floats (a convite),
that leaves the cathedral and travels through the
town of Ciudad Vieja, Sacatepiquez (5 km.
south of La Antigua). See related article on page
10 and photo feature on pages 72-76.
7Mon., 6pm CULTURAL EVENT: A
pre-Christmas custom: Quema del Diablo
(Burn the Devil) a ceremony that eliminates
evil spirits and clears the way for Christmas
celebrations. Barrio de la Concepci6n, 4a calle
oriented, La Antigua.
8Tues., 4pm CULTURAL EVENT:
Rezado, a procession of the Virgen de
Concepci6n with fireworks and folkloric dances
and dramas performed throughout the route,
Ciudad Vieja, Sacatepiquez. See related info
and photos on pages 10, 29, 72-76
8Tues., 4pm (Spanish) WRITING
WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN: Taller de
Escritura. Libreria Infantil El Hormiguero (tel:
2368-3855) 20 calle 25-96, z. 10 La Plaza, local
15, Guatemala City.
OTues., 5:30pm (English) TUESDAY
)EVENING LECTURE SERIES: Rescuing
Guatemalan Wildife, with The Wildlife Rescue
and Conservation Association (ARCAS), the
leading advocate for the rights of wild animals
in Guatemala. In the Department of Peten, it
manages one of the largest and most success
wildlife rescue centers in the world, receiving
300-600 animals of 40+ species per year, the
majority confiscated from wildlife traffickers.
The presentation includes an introduction to
wild (non-releasable) animals. Donation Q25.
Rainbow Caf6 (tel: 7832-1919), LaAntigua.

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8 Tues., 6pm (English) SLIDE SHOW:
Antigua: Behind the 'I by Elizabeth Bell.
Q30 benefits educational programs. El Sitio, 5a
calle poniente #15, LaAntigua.
8Tues., 7pm MUSIC: Alegria alMundo,
piano concert by Roman Rudnytsky,
sponsored by the
U.S. Embassy and
IGA (see page 23).
Free. Teatro Dick
Smith del IGA
(tel: 2422-5555)
Ruta 1, 4-05, z. 4,
Guatemala City.



9Wed., 5-7pm ANNIVERSARY
7CELEBRATION: AnEcho's first year
anniversary, toasting members of the Antigua
community for their contributions, making
AnEcho's first year so successful. Hats off to
all for your participation! See related highlight
on page 23. AnEcho (tel: 7882-4600) Casa
Convento Concepci6n, 4a calle oriented #41, La
Antigua.
1 Thurs., 5:30pm (Spanish) BOOK
1l PRESENTATION: Entre Cuento y
Cuento. Libreria Infantil El Hormiguero (tel:
2368-3855) 20 calle 25-96, z. 10 La Plaza, local
15, Guatemala City.

1 lurs., 4pm -POSADANAVIDENA:
/ Enjoy participating in a real posada, sing
Christmas carols, listen to traditional sounds
like the totugas, chinchines and whistles.
On sale, ponche, typical dishes and sweets; a
contribution of a present which will be donated
to children will be welcome. Donation Q25.
Museo Ixchel (tel: 2361-8081) Centro Cultural
UFM, 6a calle final, z. 10, Guatemala City.
11Fri., 5pm- (English)LIVETHEATER:
Students of the Robert Muller LIFE
School present the play Frosty the Snowman.
Free. Information at www.lifeschoolweb.com
or 7762-2615. Sal6n Municipal, Panajachel,
LakeAtitldn.




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SFri., 5:30pm CULTURAL ACTIV-
ITY: Mayan dances performed by
indigenous children from Nuevo Amanecer, K'a
k'a' Saqarik, a locally set-up charity dedicated to
helping more than 30 indigenous children in San
Andrds Itzapa. They are working hard to keep
these children in good health, to educate them
and to preserve the local Mayan traditions such
as the language and dance which are currently
being lost at an alarming rate. Donation Q25.
Rainbow Cafe (tel: 7832-1919), LaAntigua.
1 Fri., 8pm- (Spanish) PUPPET SHOW:
BreVarios, Titeres Corpdreos presented by
Rodolfo de Le6n and Larraitz Iparragirre. Q50.
El Sitio (tel: 7832-3037) 5a calle poniente #15,
LaAntigua.
1 Sat., CULTURAL EVENT: Dia
2^de la T de Guadalupe, throughout
the country children dress in typical clothing,
paying homage to Juan Diego of Mexico and
the Virgin of Guadalupe (see page 10). One
such procession begins at La Merced Church,
outside the church you can purchase typical
food and desserts, LaAntigua.


S12Sat., 4pm
PHOTOGRAPHY:
Inauguration of
work by Julio
Zadik. Galeria
Mes6n Panza Verde
(tel: 7832-4581) 5a
av sur #19,
LaAntigua.

Sat., 7pm MUSIC: Lui Donis en
12Radio Actistico, rock concert. Q60. El
Sitio (tel: 7832-3037), LaAntigua.
1 Sun., 4-6pm MUSIC: Concert
J directed by well-known Guatemalan
musician Dr. Jorge Pellecer. Q75 per person,
benefits JOEL (J6venes con Espiritu Libre) a
program that promotes values and principles to
teeneagers attending public schools. See highlight
on page 21. Convento Capuchinas, 2a av norte
& 2a calle oriented LaAntigua.





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Learn about the fascinating
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MUSE03 and weaving.
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uta. Calle Final, Zona 10
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Telefaxes: (502) 2361 8081/82
Monday Friday 9:00 to 17:00
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THROUGHOUT THE IVMONTH


La Cueia de Panza \trdt ir..I -, -i',

Wednesday (dinner) Live Jazz Trio. Q35.
Thursday (dinner) Cuban Jazz. Q35.
Friday (dinner) Estasis, Trio, Sal6n Latino,
Tango. Q35.

La Pefia de Sol Latino ir..I -I 2-.--.- .
', l l11.. p .... ,r.. l -_ L t .A riguii
Monday, 7:30prm Kenny Molina hosts
Open Mike. Free.
Tuesday, 7:30prm Ramiro plays trova
Cubana. Free.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30pm-Sundays,
7prm Sol Latino plays Andean music (pan
flutes). Free. V


Sunday, 1pm- Ramiro plays Trova Cubana
during the Sunday Buffet. No cover.

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1 thursday 15th ANNIVERSARY
/ PARTY: Come help us celebrate! Wel-
come cocktail 8-10pm. Bring this invitation.
1 Thursday, 7pm til dawn NEW
3 YEAR'S EVE PARTY: A big welcome to
the new year. Q100 cover includes one drink,
party favors, glow stick, confetti, punch, great
DJ music and many more surprises.


Rainbo C(afe r..I -I l l-',
-i i '. lIl -itigita
Monday, 7:30prn Don Ramiro will serenade
you with some beautiful Latin folk music. Free.
Tuesday & Fridays, 7:30pm Sergio, reggae
music
Wednesday, 7:30pm Open Mike, 1,.. r...d
by Juan-Jo and friends. A complimentary drink for
all performers. Free.
Thursday, 7:30pm Giiicho will astound
you with his guitar skills and improvisation of
Latino and pop classics.
Saturday7:30pm At.One.Ment. Come
and listen to Luke and his band. You cannot
miss it. Enjoy a few drinks and relax to some
classics.
Sunday, 7:30pm La Raiz: Luis, Juan-Jo
& Choko, great improvised classics. Free.
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group performing on the streets of Panajachel,
musicians, actors, artists and people in customs
are welcome; 8:30pm Margen de Error and
a multimedia show by Natalia;
12 Sat., 9pm music concert by Tavito
BamBam; 18 Fri., 8:30pm Flamenco dance
show by Mama Amapola and Rene Zimzik;
25 Fri., Variete Circense Cortocircuito;
30 Wed., Los Habanos, get up and dance
to these great Cuban rhythms;
31 Thurs., Say goodbye to 2009 and a
champagne welcome to the New Year 2010!


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Circus Bar (tel: 7762-2056)
Avenida de los Arboles, Panajachel
Monday the fabulous piano master Chris
Jarnach plays jazz and favorite tunes;
Circus Bar Latin Ensemble plays boleros, salsa,
son cubano and other latin rhythms
Tuesday Nayno Flamenco, Rumba and
Latin Ensemble, Trova del Lago
Wednesday Nayno, Latin Ensemble
Thursday, 7:30pmn Carlos and Carlitos,
swing and Latin rhythms. Trova del Lago, trova
Friday a fascinating show of Circus Bar
Allstars
Saturday Los Vagabundos, hot rhythms in
a fusion of rumba flamenco and Guatemalan
traditional elements
Sunday Latin Ensemble


6a calle poniente #2, La Antigua
Proceeds benefit A.W.A.R.E.
and other Animal Protection programs


Elizabethi

by Elizabeth Bell

We were told not to miss the celebra-
tions and festivities in Ciudad Vieja this
month. Are they really worth the visit?
Guatemala, well known for its patron saint
fairs, has a large variety of traditional danc-
es. Since Mayan culture has been handed
down from generation to generation by
word of mouth, it is difficult, mostly, to
really understand what was influenced
by Spain and what has been incorporated
from Mayan tradition. Regardless of ori-
gin, these remarkable folkloric dances have
survived through the ages.

Of my favorite celebrations, two are hap-
pening this month in Ciudad Vieja. First,
Burn the Devil* on Monday, Dec. 7.
Starting in the afternoon is the convite,
which is a colorful and exciting procession
with floats and costumed participants, plus
a performance of the Dance of the Devils
and Death. Tuesday Dec. 8 is the Dia de la
Virgen de Concepci6n. After the 10 a.m.
Mass there is a performance of the Dance of
the Seven Virtues and Seven Vices in front of
the church and accompanied by plenty of
fireworks. Most dancers are men although
they may play women parts. (pages 72, 76)

*In La Antigua, the Burning the Devil cer-
emony is performed at 6 p.m. in front of the
La Concepci6n Church. Traditionally, this
ceremony makes way for a safe Christmas
holiday. The Christmas cycle begins on Dec.
8 and ends Feb. 2 with Candlemass Day.
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1-AFebruary 1, 8am to 7pm & Tuesdays
- Friday, 8am to 5pm, through February 1,
2010 NATIVITY SCENE: on display, an
authentic Guatemalan nacimiento; donations
accepted to help support the education of more
than 2,700 affiliated students. Free. Fundaci6n
Families de Esperanza (tel: 7922-6600)
Carretera a San Juan del Obispo, km. 2, La
Antigua. V


1 Tues., 5:30pm (English) TUESDAY
1. EVENING LECTURE SERIES: CasaSito
strives to increase the educational opportunities
in rural areas of Guatemala while supporting
community infrastructure and adhering to high
standards of human values, ethics and economic
efficiency. CasaSito works with over 4,000 children
in 11 communities in Guatemala. Donation Q25.
Rainbow Caf6 (tel: 7832-1919), LaAntigua.
1 -lhurs., 7:30pm MUSIC: Concierto
/ Navideno by Capilla del Valle de
la Asunci6n. Cant6n exposici6n de G&T
Continental, via 5 local 3, 4 Grados Norte, z. 4,
Guatemala City.

1 Fri., 8pm MUSIC: DJ Daniela
liCarpio presenting a fusion of electronic
music and global sounds. Q60. El Sitio (tel:
7832-3037) 5a calle poniente #15, LaAntigua.
1 9Sat., 1pm FOLK DANCES: Nifos
,1 de Bendici6n from San Antonio Aguas
Calientes present traditional folk dances. Free,
though donations gratefully accepted with
funding to support for school expenses. La Pena
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2 Sun., 9am-5pm ART FESTIVAL:
I< Presented by CasaSito, in collaboration
with El Consejo Nacional para la Protecci6n
de La Antigua Guatemala and Casa del Nifo.
The opening ceremony and interactive artistic
activities by local NGOs will begin at 2pm,
followed by the debate competition final among
CasaSito Scholarship students. The goal of the
festival is to promote art in associations and
communities around Antigua. CasaSito wants
to show that art is a powerful way to give a
voice to people who struggle to be heard. The
art festival will be an interactive celebration
of creativity and self-expression. Convento de
Capuchinas, 2a av norte & 2a calle oriented, La
Antigua.
21Mon., 5pm CULTURAL EVENT:
LPresentation of an authentic Mayan
Ceremony. Free. La Pena de Sol Latino (tel:
7882-4468), La Antigua.
2 2Tues., 5:30pm (English) TUESDAY
22EVENING LECTURE SERIES: Life
in Guatemala: A Brief History and Current
Conditions by Sue Patterson, a former U.S. consul
general with the U.S. embassy in Guatemala,
she also served in Chile, Iran and Italy. She is
the founder of WINGS, a non-profit dedicated
to reproductive health and family planning.
See related article on page 16. Donation Q25.
Rainbow Caf6 (tel: 7832-1919), LaAntigua.
42 Thurs., noon CHRISTMAS EVE:
-24Last minute holiday preparations, gift
wrapping and cooking; 10pm Christmas
Mass, Misa de Gallo; midnight fireworks,
families and friends gather to celebrate the birth
of Christ and Peace on Earth; 26th Banks
and businesses open again.
Fri., CHRISTMAS DAY: Tra-
.,5ditionally a quiet day, with the exception
of firecrackers and bombas booming at noon.
31 Thurs., NEW YEAR'S PARTIES:
A Everywhere, including the traditional
celebration at Calle del Arco, live music and lots
of fun, LaAntigua.
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ART: Guatemalan Landscapes by renowned
artist Hugo Gonzilez Ayala. Twenty new oils
are representative of the Highlands; geometry,
color and composition play an important role in
Gonzilez Ayala's work; he is considered one of
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for weaving and instruction manual. Indigo
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DAILY INTERACTIVE EXPOSI-
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A not-to-miss exposition of a tour through his-
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through photography, videos and interactive
games. Bodega #1 Centro Cultural Museo de
Ferrocarril (tel: 2254-8727) 9a avA, 18-95, z. 1,
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VTJORKSHOPS Reading club, literary
V composition, puppet theater and paint-
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This empty space-what is it? Space is to
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activities attracting enthusiasts as far away
as Japan. Wildlife conservationists and well-
known photographer, Thor Janson, agrees
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prime opportunity for the local community
to better connect with and understand its
surrounding natural habitat.
"Apart from it being important to pro-
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particular forest being close to Antigua and
being close to Guatemala City is a very fine
place to get in touch with nature. It is part
of the idea to have Boy Scout groups come
out and camp here and things like that."
"We are still building some infrastruc-
ture. When it's all done we will start mar-
keting and promoting. The end of the year
-this is my goal."
In the meantime, visitors are welcome
to explore the wild reserve or take a dip in
one of the farm's three pools (Q10 p/p) that
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Cervical cancer in the developing world cont.from page 17


a physician, and costs less than $6 per pa-
tient (including the cryotherapy needed by
some 5 percent of the women). The cost per
person of the WINGS program, including
the follow-up treatment that WINGS pays
for (colposcopies, biopsies, assistance at IN-
CAN) comes to $14 a person.
The Guatemalan government has also
shown that it may soon make fighting cer-
vical cancer a higher priority. Although
government health clinics have tradition-
ally used Pap smears to screen for cervical
cancer, some public health providers have
recently undergone training in the VIA/
Cryo method in order to expand the screen-
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clinics. Earlier this year, the Ministry of
Health announced an extremely ambitious
goal to screen 85 percent of reproductive-
aged women by the year 2012 and has asked


WINGS to advise it on a national screen-
ing strategy. This request provides hope that
someday in the near future all Guatemalan
women will have access to detection and
treatment services and that the hundreds
of deaths that occur annually from cervical
cancer in Guatemala will be prevented. 0
About the Authors
Sue Patterson, the founder of WINGS, grad-
uated from Duke University before serving
in the Foreign Service for 25 years. She now
lives permanently in Guatemala and donates
her time to WINGS.
Laurel White, a graduate of the New York
University School of Law, is the Develop-
ment Director of WINGS and has been liv-
ing in Guatemala since August 2008.

To learn more about WINGS' work in
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was the night before Christmas
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Los niiios were tucked away in their camas,
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While 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.
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and I jumped to my feet like a frightened cabrito.
I ran to the window and looked out afuera,
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Saint Nick in a sleigh and a big red sombrero,
Came dashing along like a loco bombero.
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A Full Life
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had
some items in front of him. When the class began,
wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty may-
onnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.
He then asked the students if the jar was full.
They agreed that it was.
So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles
and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly.
The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the
golf balls.
He then asked the students again if the jar was
full.
They agreed it was.
The professor next picked up a box of sand and
poured it into the jar.
Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He
asked once more if the jar was full.
The students responded with a unanimous "yes."
The professor then produced two cans of beer
from under the table and poured the entire contents
into the jar, effectively filling the empty space be-
tween the sand.
The students laughed.
"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsid-
ed, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents
your life.
The golf balls are the important things, your family,
your children, your health, your friends, your favorite
passions, things that if everything else was lost and
only they remained, your life would still be full.
"The pebbles are the other things that matter like
your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything
else, the small stuff.
"Ifyou put the sand into the jarfirst," he continued,
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and energy on the small stuff, you will never have
room for the things that are important to you.
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happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get
medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner.
Play another 18.
There will always be time to clean the house, and
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things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest
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One of the students raised her hand and inquired
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now they have spent what little free time
they have weaving artisan products out of
dried pine needles. In the forests surround-
ing the community these pine needles can
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Dr. John

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1940 2009

Dr. John Cheatham passed away

Monday afternoon, Nov. 2. He
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climbing Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia,
USA. Hiking was a favorite recreational pas-
time. He recently climbed to the summit of
Mount Kilimanjaro and had made multiple
trips to the Grand Canyon. This year, he com-
pleted a 50-mile hike from the canyon's south
rim to the north rim and back again with his
brother and hiking partner, Jackson.
John was born in Griffin, Georgia, on Nov.
29, 1940. He graduated from high school at
the Westminster Schools in Atlanta. After
serving his country as a sergeant in the Army
Special Forces, which included a tour of duty
in Vietnam, he completed his undergraduate
work at Georgetown University. Not content
with traditional career patterns, however, he
earned a commercial pilot's license and then
set out to travel the world. John frequently
worked as a bush pilot in Africa and New
Guinea. He seemed to show up in places of
civil unrest, though always he denied any in-
volvement in these affairs.
During this period of John's life, there
was a stint as a crocodile hunter on the Am-
azon. While in the region, he somehow per-
suaded his sister, Elizabeth, to accompany
him on a 2,500-mile trip down the Amazon
in a non-motorized dugout canoe. The trip
started at the river's headwaters in Peru and
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particularly troublesome encounter with an
anaconda longer than the boat.
Briefly succumbing to conventional pres-
sures, John returned to the United States
and attended Columbia University where
he received an MBA degree. Then followed
a financial career abroad, but one in which
he never felt fulfilled. Business was never
John's passion and he simply refused to
live life without passion. Though John was
never one to be imprisoned by what others
thought he should do, it was not until his late
30s that John identified his life purpose and
set out to become a medical doctor working
with the poor in the underdeveloped world.
He decided upon ophthalmology as a spe-
cialization, as he considered cataract surgery
to be the most effective medical procedure
in the poor world. He saw the opportunity
to give sight to the blind who lived in areas
too remote to be helped by others.
At that time, however, no one John's
age was ever admitted to American medical
schools and he was rebuffed in his attempts
to study medicine for years. However, John
refused to give up his dream and spent 10
years struggling to overcome obstacles be-
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on, he simply bought medical books and
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