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70 plus 30Years of Mayan Culture
Photographs by J.J. Foxx
16 TRAVEL byBrent Holmes
El Mirador- Champion of All
18 RUINS AND RESTORATIONS byloyHouston
Faithful Treasures of La Merced
22 LAKE VIEWS byDwight WayneCoop
The Objective Virtues of
23 DATEBOOK HIGHLIGHT by Guillermo Monsanto
Rae Frese Leeth exposition
24 DATEBOOK ) April
Guide to culture and upcoming events
38 PHOTO OP byEnyRolandHerndndez
Holy Week in Guatemala City
42 IN THE GARDEN byS.C.Johnson
46 HOLISTIC THOUGHTS byDr. Karmen Guevara
66 FOOD QUEST byDianneCarofino
76 MARKET MEALS byDianneCarofino
Recipes using local produce
78 SPORTS byMichaelSherer
Mayan ball game of pok-ta-pok
82 PEOPLE & PROJECTS byPalomaPerez-Templado
El Teatro Escolar en Antigua
98 FOTO OP byAnaAguilar
112 SENSUOUS GUATEMALA byKen Veronda
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33 Guatemala City
52 La Antigua
99 Lake Atitlan
107 Monterrico/Pacific Coast
111 Coban /Tecpn
113 Rio Dulce
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Our cover this month features the
work of internationally renowned
ethnographic photographer Jef-
frey Jay Foxx. More of his beautiful photos
can be viewed in the DateBook Highlight
byJ. Claire Odland on the upcoming exhi-
bition 70 plus 30 Tears of cMfayan Culture.
The exhibition also features textiles from
the Hank duFlon collection.
Other photographers gracing our pages
this month include Ange Bourda, Ana
Aguilar, Eny Roland Hernindez, Rudy
Gir6n, Cesar Tiin, Jack Houston, Brent
Holmes, George Carofino and Michael
Sherer. We thank them for sharing their
wonderful images with us.
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thank this month as well. Submitted for
your approval: El (Mirador- Champion of
cAll; Brent Holmes reports on his trip,
getting a VIP tour from Dr. Richard D.
Hansen who has spent 25 years working
the site. Joy Houston brings the past alive
again with TFaithful Treasures; restoring
La Merced Monastery in Guatemala City.
Food expert Dianne Carofino shares her les-
sons in (cklarket c(Management, exploring
the stalls at the Antigua mercado. Coffee-
hater Dwight Wayne Coop aptly expounds
on The Objective 'Virtues of Guatemalan
Coffee. We find Thornwhistle in the garden
campaigning for the ubiquitous 'Bougain-
villea as the national flower. Michael Sherer
gives a great argument as to why the ancient
Mayan ball game is his favorite new sport
in Whack, 7hunk and Oof Raconteur Ken
Veronda reminds us to stop and smell the
For readers of Spanish, Guillermo Mon-
santo writes a touching piece, 7luestros ucn-
geles, about sculptress Rae Frese Leeth and
her upcoming exposition.
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urating a double show like this is a
double joy: Here are glimpses of two
great, archival collections on view
through April in the Gallery at Indigo Artes.
This show, 70 plus 30 Years of Mayan Cul-
ture, represents selections from 70 years of
Mayan textiles and 30 years of Mayan pho-
tographs from the hands of two masters well
known and loved in La Antigua Guatemala.
Because of their appreciation of Mayan
culture, photographer Jeffrey Jay Foxx and
the family of collector Hank duFlon (who
died in 2007) have dedicated this show to
Indigo Artes, the first school for textile and
popular arts training in Guatemala. As
Indigo Artes is a non-profit organization
funded by donations by private individuals,
we gratefully acknowledge their generosity.
The school is deeply committed to preserv-
ing and enhancing indigenous arts and
crafts, and to training indigenous artisans
in improving their skills and knowledge.
The Guatemala government and founda-
tions from the United States, Taiwan and
Norway are working with Indigo Artes in a
range of development projects.
As artists and ethnologists, Foxx and duFlon
were great friends, both loving the beauty of
Mayan culture, and exploring, documenting
and collecting all over the highlands. In this
show, you will see people and artistry that
you could never find on your own. With
special events like this, and great tours and
classes for visitors and artists, Indigo Artes is
a meeting place for cultures to connect and
artistic creativity to ignite.
Foxx is internationally renowned for his
beautiful ethnographic work, photograph-
ing indigenous subjects with respect, dignity
and sometimes humor. Foxx says, "Photog-
raphy of the Maya has been the foremost
accomplishment of my career." And when
you see his work, you will understand why. I
think that no one catches the intimate mo-
ment, the personality, like Foxx does. And it
is particularly fascinating to see the breadth
of Mayan culture extend as it does from
Guatemala through southern Mexico. Some
of the images in the show are published in
his books, the award-winning Living Maya,
The Maya Textile Tradition, and Angela
Weaves a Dream. A complete presentation of
Foxx's impressive biography and archives is
available at www.foxxarchive.com.
DuFlon first came to Guatemala in the
1940s, and these selections from his tex-
tile collection include never-before-viewed
pieces of museum quality, hand-worked in
silk, cotton and wool. A graduate of Princ-
eton and business executive, he became a
leading textile expert and would travel with
his wife Bobbie from village to village,
investigating the details of traditional vil-
lage styles color by color, weave by weave.
Documenting each community's dress over
the years, he created a textile collection of
legendary depth and loved sharing it with
his many friends.
Indigo Artes Textiles y Populares is locat-
ed inside the Cultural Center la Azotea, 5
minutes from La Antigua's Parque Central
via the Azotea shuttle.
Please see DateBook for additional infor-
mation about this show.
About Indigo Artes Textilesy Populares:
For information about classes, tours, spe-
cial events and the scholarship fund, visit
private donors have enabled over 120
students to gain the abilities to earn the
income that will support and educate their
families, while honoring the historic and
priceless Mayan culture.
About the author: J. Claire Odland, di-
rector, Indigo Artes Textiles y Populares,
and Associate, Anthropology, the Field
Museum, Chicago, author of Fashion-
ing Tradition: Mayan Huipiles in the
Field Museum Collection and co-author
of Unwrapping the Textile Traditions of
his mighty, pre-classic city flourished
hundreds of years before more fa-
mous classic sites such as Tikal. It was
bigger by far. "The designation 'classic' should
really apply to the pre-classic sites. Those clas-
sic guys never built anything like this," says
Dr. Richard D. Hansen "The Olmec, rather
than the mother civilization of Mesoamerica,
are now better considered a sister."
I finally made my dream trip, by heli-
copter, to El Mirador. Thirty-five minutes
by air vs. three days walking and/or mule
ride makes the trip feasible for someone
like me, not a lot of time, out of shape and
pushing 68! Our group of 12 was ferried by
chopper in lots of four from Flores Peten
to the site. Dr. Hansen acted as our guide
for the next 24 hours and gave generously
of his knowledge and time. His passion is
contagious. So far he has spent 25 years on
El Mirador. He was a great host, even giving
up his bungalow to five of the visitors while
he slept in a tent.
El Mirador is one of the most significant
Mayan sites and a must visit for those of us
who are so fanatic about our studies of the
Maya. Why is it so special?
For starters, El Mirador covers 38
square miles; it is larger than the city of
Los Angeles. The temples at El Mirador
are huge. El Tigre is larger than all of Ti-
kal's temples 1, 2, the acropolis and the
The El Mirador basin is larger still, en-
compassing territory northward beyond
the Mexican border. It includes some 51
other cities, to name a few: Nakbe, Tintal,
Paixsban, Xucnal and Wakna, all pre-classic
locations. Many cities in the basin were
connected to El Mirador by a road system,
sacbes. The roads are magnificent examples
of the engineering skills of the Maya. They
were 15 feet high and 120 feet wide, made
of limestone and thickly plastered in white.
You can see these roads by air, long straight
lines with the foliage slightly elevated over
Ready to board for the flight to El Mirador
Dr. Hansen gives a class in Maya 101
the surrounding jungle. The walking/mule
path route into El Mirador utilizes sacbes.
A path was cut through the vegetation for
man and mule using the base of the sacbes.
This is a trip Dr. Hansen says he has made at
least 200 times. The project has 126 mules
that pack in supplies on a continuous basis.
The idea was to arrive at the summit and
watch the sunset. We were late. On descent
twilight quickly turned into pitch black.
Most had flashlights. I did not. The path
consists of partly wood stairs, a rope, vines,
loose rocks and small tree stumps, two inches
by six inches or so. My fellows tried to help,
shining the light and calling out warnings,
but, of course I slipped. I rolled sideways; I
grabbed and started to roll downward but
was caught by a fellow climber, averting a
chain reaction affecting eight others below
me. I did make it safely down but lost what-
ever ego I had on the way up.
We were rewarded by a visit to the adja-
cent Structure #34. This is a small temple
Dr. Hansen points out an Allspice tree
that has been extensively tunneled. A string
of ceiling lights, powered by a portable gen-
erator, provided light throughout the tun-
nel. I entered the tunnel behind Dr. Han-
sen. We were given hard hats, and it took
about five seconds before the first crash onto
the low ceiling. I was told to turn left and
keep going until told to stop. "Do you see
the stairs?" "Yes," I replied, but I said I had
no desire to go up them. No problem, he
just wanted us to see the stairs of the origi-
nal temple inside the temple. It was hot,
humid, and if you had any claustrophobia,
it was over-the-top challenging. All in single
file, we turned around in the very narrow,
low-ceilinged, not-shored-up tunnel and
proceeded in the opposite direction. The
group ahead of me (I was now in the rear)
sort of crouch-walked past the entrance
path. I smelled fresh air and decided I could
miss the rest of the tunnel tour. The group
stayed another 30 minutes, saw the temple
inside the temple, with contnuedpage
Detail of carving near La Danta temple
RUINS and RESTORATIONS byJoyHouston photos by Jack Houston
Patio of old cloister with new fountain
The staid, stone, Neo-Classical facade
of La Merced Church in Guatemala
City belongs there, designed accord-
ing to the time it was built, early 19th cen-
tury. So why the gilded, elaborate, full-of-
movement Baroque altars that fit the niches
inside the church? Because, some might say,
they actually belong in the Baroque-fagade
La Merced Church in La Antigua.
In 1778, when Santiago de los Caballe-
ros, then seat of the Spanish kingdom in
Guatemala and now La Antigua, moved
to what is now Guatemala City, "...the
Mercedarians built their new church to
accommodate the altars which had graced
the abandoned building in Santiago. These
were readily removed and reassembled
where they are used at the present time,"
wrote Verle Annis (The Architecture of An-
tigua Guatemala 1543-1773). The new
church was built according to measure-
ments of the altars to be relocated there.
In 1813 the new La Merced Church and,
although not finished, the adjacent monas-
tery were inaugurated. Seventy years later
the government of Justo Rufino Barrios
'nationalized' some church properties, in-
cluding that of the La Merced monastery.
The space became headquarters of the na-
tional police, with barracks, a jail for more
than 200 prisoners and a hospital. And so
it was, with earthquake repairs in 1917-18
In 1999, through efforts of the Asoci-
aci6n Amigos de La Merced, use (though
not ownership) of the prison space was re-
turned to the church, which by then was in
the care of the Jesuits. In 2006 use of the
hospital area was granted. The police, the
jail and the hospital had been an oxymoron
in the space, like the Baroque altars behind
the Neo-Classical facade; and dedicated
professionals went to work.
Guatemala City Church of La Merced with adjacent museum. INSET: La Merced Church of La Antigua with
Archeologists sifted through rubble to sal-
vage every useful bit of information, while
architects studied foundations, walls, col-
umns and colors to restore and recreate the
monastery space as it had been almost 200
years before. No longer a home for 25-or-
so priests, it is now home to the Museum
of La Merced. Under the dedicated direc-
tion of Ana Maria Urruela de Quezada,
curator of the museum, church treasures
were collected, identified and registered,
cleaned and conserved.
Treasures of the La Merced Church formed
the largest collection of those brought from
the churches of Santiago. Some were lost
with the passing of time, starting with
the move in 1778 and including political
changes during which artworks were de-
stroyed or distributed, even to individuals.
Safeguarding the thousand-or-so works
the church still claims, the museum guide
states: "Only in museums, archives, librar-
ies, etc. can their permanence be guaran-
teed and avoid dispersion, illicit interven-
tions and theft."
The museum has four rooms with paint-
ings, sculpture, including small 'domestic'
sculptures, religious vestments and tem-
porary exhibits plus a 'treasury within the
treasures', with gold-plated silver items,
crowns and relics of the church.
Artworks date from the 17th to 19th
century. To name a few, there is a sculp-
ture of the descent of Jesus from the cross,
created from a copy of Rubens' painting;
a funerary altar with figures dressed in the
mode of the 17th century, which has been
exhibited in Mexico, Philadelphia, Vienna
and Madrid; an 18th century, spiral crafted
cross inlaid with tortoise shell, of Moorish
style; a 7-yard-long silver rope belt; sculp-
tures of both Saint Peter of Nolasco of Bar-
celona, founder of the Mercedarian order,
BEFORE AND AFTER: (ABOVE) connection to a re-
stored section; (ABOVE RIGHT) the current space under
repair; and (RIGHT) an old photo of when the area
was a hospital
and Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the
In addition to the museum, the first phase
of restoration, supported by private and
public funds, included the cloister corridors
that enclosed prison cells, bright again now
in the original yellow and terracotta colors.
One wall was left as it was, perforated with
bullet holes. Architects Guillermo Aguirre
Garcia and Rafael Rivera Neutze explain
that there were at least five layers of plaster,
with obscenities and graffiti and different
colors of paint applied over the centuries.
The entrance on 11a avenida opens to
a wide, original ramp, now tile covered,
which may have been for horses. Straight
ahead, past museum rooms, is the jewel
of the work-the fountain. With no in-
formation other than 18th century drains
and a few bricks to indicate the size of the
original, an international competition for
designs was carried out, which Guillermo
Aguirre won. The decoration that covers
the eight-sided bowl is copied from the
facade of the Jesuit church in La Antigua.
The same design trims the corridor and
museum walls, which begs the question,
"How did the Jesuits come to be in charge
of a Mercedarian church?"
The short answer includes expulsion
from Guatemala of the archbishop and all
religious orders in 1829, leaving only secu-
lar clergy, and authorization of return of
the Jesuits in 1843 to oversee public edu-
cation. They were expulsed again a couple
of years later, authorized to return again in
1851 and expulsed again in 1871, suppos-
edly having enriched themselves in their
educational work. It caused such a stir that
the public collected 6,500 signatures on
a petition in support of the Jesuits. Obvi-
ously there was a good deal of conservative-
liberal and church-state conflict.
"At the end of the 19th century the
church was no more than a shadow of what
it had been in the Colonial era," wrote Hu-
bert Miller in Historia General de Guatema-
la, Vol. IV During this political seesaw, the
La Merced Church in Guatemala City and
its monastery were assigned to the Jesuits
by pontifical decree in 1853 and the church
only again in 1950. In 1962 the Mercedar-
ians were assigned other properties, includ-
ing the church in La Antigua.
The splendid facade of that La Merced
Church was built when a surge of the Ba-
roque in Santiago hit a high in the mid
1700s. "This period signified the culmi-
nation of Baroque art in all its manifesta-
tions." (El Tesoro de La Merced) Then "a cold
wind began to blow from the old world"
(Escultura Colonial en Guatemala), pushing
thought from the spiritual to the intellectu-
al and changing architecture from fanciful
flare to scientifically (and politically) cor-
rect straight lines. Earthquakes at the same
time, in 1773, further sobered society, with
psychological and political effects beyond
the geological phenomenon. It was on that
background that the Neo-Classical facade
of the new La Merced Church was built.
Some of the artifacts exhibited in the museum
by Dwight Wayne Coop
The Objective Virtues
of Guatemalan Coffee
One criticism of columnists is that
too often, we cover old ground.
When we run out of real ideas,
we attempt to build bridges to Readerland
on rainy, or writer's-blocked, days with off-
the-shelf topics. I have read more than one
column about coffee, for instance. Everyone
has experience with coffee, so it is as safe
a topic as you can get. OK, so Amy Q.
Journalist cannot start her workday without
that cup of Joe. Like, profound, man.
My coffee column will be different.
You see, I loathe coffee, so when I praise it
(which I will presently), I have achieved my
slant on that basis alone.
Maybe my hate-hate relationship with
coffee started the day my grandmother
(accidentally) upended a coffee pot, sizzling
my foot with roiling black liquid, circa 1963.
Even today, the burn scars remain, if faintly.
When I was 8 my Dad took me to
work at his car lot during the summer. My
first job, "sunrise poop patrol," had to do
with guard dogs, a broom, and a dustpan.
This activity would have been a distant
second to going to Disneyland; but it was
play compared to the inadvertent sadism of
sending me to fetch coffee.
The coffee vending machine (which also
sold hot chocolate and chicken "soup")
would fill the paper cup to the literal brim
with finger-scalding liquid. Butterfingered
shaver that I was, I could not walk all the
way to Dad's office without spilling it on
myself and nearly howling in pain.
In the retail car business, one drinks vat
fulls of coffee, as if each day were the eve
of a congressionally mandated prohibition.
Indeed, coffee is the oil of that and many
other professions. I remember one sales
manager telling me how to use coffee
to disarm irately dissatisfied customers
(without actually throwing it).
Here is how it worked. The salesman
invited the customer to the vending machine
room for coffee. But, uh-oh, he had no
dimes (even when he really did). So the
salesman asked the customer for two dimes
for two coffees. By supplying these (which
he usually did), the customer had "invested"
in the salesman as a problem-solver, and
then calmed down in order to get his
money's worth. I can remember thinking,
"Wow, they found a real use for coffee!"
I confess that, personally, I have found none
except as a crutch for the few times that I
crammed for exams in college; but even
that is a dubious utility, since cramming
is stupid. And, being apparently taste-
bud challenged, I do not see what the big
deal is about the taste, and much less do I
understand the application of adjectives like
"buttery" and "gamey" to coffee "bouquets."
Nonetheless, I go through this cycle where
I start imagining there is something wrong
with me, since everyone continued on page 106
DATEBOOK HIGHLIGHT por Guillermo Monsanto photos byAnge Bourda
Rae Frese Leeth;
con corazon chapin
Al escribir una nota sobre Rae Leeth
se hace dificil separar lo emotivo de
o profesional. Por un lado cuenta
el desfile de amigos que conforman el rico
universo que la rodea y por el otro el enjam-
bre de artistas que tiene o ha tenido que ver
con su producci6n creativa.
Cuando lleg6 a Guatemala la escultura era
una disciplina que pocos autores seguian
como posibilidad de expresi6n profesional.
Salvo nombres muy consolidados como
Dagoberto Vasquez -que tambi6n era pin-
tor y dibujante-, Luis Carlos -pertenecien-
te a la generaci6n del ochenta- y otros nom-
bres como Carlos Chaclan contina en arina 40
Galeria El Attico
4a avenida 15-45, zona 14
Inauguration Wednesday 7, 7pm
Rae Frese Leeth
For information in English about this
exposition, please see DateBook, April 7.
f 1- = 10-T-0
4Sun., 6am EASTER SUNRISE
SERVICE: Held at the Christian
Academy of Guatemala; a light breakfast
after the service, please bring something
to share. Organized by Union Church
(for additional info., tel: 2361-2037),
4Sun., 9am, 11am & 6pm EASTER
SERVICES: Coffee and doughnuts
after the services. Union Church (tel: 2361-
2037) 12 calle 7-37, z. 9, Guatemala City.
Tues., 5:30pm (English)
LECTURE: Pop-Wuj is responsible for
several community development projects in
Quetzaltenango and the surrounding area.
Donation Q25. Rainbow Cafe (tel: 7832-
1919) 7a av. sur #8, LaAntigua.
Wed., 7pm through Fri., 30th ART
& CELEBRATION: Inauguration,
Nuestros Angeles by sculptress Rae Frese
Leeth, celebrating El Attico's 22nd
anniversary. Cocktail. Galeria El Attico
a av. 15-45,
.. ....ghtE on
(11 ANGE BOURDA)
Wed., 7, 5pm ART: Grabados by
artist Guillermo Maldonado. Galeria
Panza Verde (tel: 7832-2925) 5a av. sur #19,
Fri., through Sun., 11th, 8pm -
(Spanish) THEATER: Encuentro
en el Parque Peligroso presented by the
association of artists TRASBASTIDORES,
adapted by Jany Campos, starring Reyna
Guti&rrez and Juan Diego Rodriguez.
Q60/Q30 students w/carnet. Teatro de
Camara Centro Cultural Miguel Angel
Asturias (tel: 2270-3736) 24 calle 3-81, z.
1. Guatemala City. v
1 Mon., 5pm CULTURAL
EVENT: A glimpse at indigenous
culture as a Maya sacerdote (priest) presents
an authentic ceremony/ritual. Free. La Peia
de Sol Latino (tel: 7882-4468), LaAntigua.
12Mon., through Sun., 18th -
SCULPTURE: Naturaleza y Mar,
X Festival Internacional de Escultura Arte
en Concreto featuring work by artists
from Guatemala and Germany. Gardens
of Hotel Soleil Pacifico. Puerto San Jose,
1 Tues., 8:30am-4pm -
. EXCURSION: Comalapa, visit this
indigenous village famous for its folk painters
and textiles. Proceeds benefit the women's
cooperative, MayaWorks. Indigo Artes
Textiles y Populares (tel: 7831-1176), inside
Finca laAzotea,Jocotenango, Sacatepdquez.
13 Tues., 5:30pm (English) LEC-
J TURE: Guatemalans generating
opportunities through modern community
libraries. The Riecken Foundation's mission
is to promote democracy and prosperity
in Central America through modern
community libraries that spark a spirit of
discovery and foster social participation.
Donation Q25. Rainbow Caf6 (tel: 7832-
1919) 7a av. sur #8, LaAntigua.
Plesesumityor ATEOO etryorheMA
FESTIVAL TITIRITLAN: An inter-
national puppet show, organized by
Chimbala Cachimbala, promoting
civic education and topics that include
solidarity, leadership and environmental
conservation. Free. Multiple venues
in La Antigua and at Lake Atitldn.
For more info, and a full schedule of
events and activities contact ventana@
1 Wed., 12 (noon) (English)
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your experiences living and traveling
in Guatemala; find out how the British
Embassy may be of assistance to you. Also,
learn how to use the online registration
service LOCATE through www.fco.gov.
uk/travel as well as embassy Consular
Services. For additional information,
contact the British Embassy tel: 2380-7324
or email@example.com. Caf6
Bourbon, 5a av. norte #16, LaAntigua.
1 CThurs., 8am-4pm EXCUR-
.SION: Tecpdn & Iximchd: Off the
beaten track! Visit this important indigenous
community and the famous Mayan
archeological site of Iximchd. Indigo Artes
Textiles y Populares (tel: 7831-1176) Inside
Finca laAzotea,Jocotenango, Sacatepdquez.
Thurs., 10am (Spanish)
15 PUPPET SHOW: El Soly La Luna
by Compania Armadillo, for children five
to 10 years old. Q25/students; Q5/teachers.
Asociaci6n Nuestros Ahijados (tel: 7832-
1884) road to San Felipe de Jesds, La
1 CThurs., & Fri., 16th, 2pm-4pm -
1 (Spanish) WORKSHOP: Puppet
making, learn how to create your own
puppet with recycled materials. Centro de
Formaci6n de la Cooperaci6n Espaiola
(tel: 7832-1276) 6a av. norte, LaAntigua.
Just tell 'em, "Lo vi en la revista REVUE"
1 Thurs., through July 15 -ART:
. Luces en El Ttinel, featuring artist
Ingrid Klussman's wardrobe from 1948
through 2010. Organized by Galeria El
Tinel. 16 calle 5-30, z. 1 (tel: 2238-3021)
Calle del Purgatorio, Centro Hist6rico,
Guatemala City. V
CFri., 5-10:30pm -
1 .FUNDRAISER GALA: LIFE
a multicultural non-profit school
in Panajachel, is holding its annual
fundraising event to benefit scholarship
students (44 percent of LIFE School
students receive some form of financial
aid). The evening starts with happy hour
and hors d'oeuvres followed by dinner
featuring regional specialties. There will
also be a special performance of Kaqchikel
music and dance by Grupo Sotz'il (www.
sotzil.com). A courtesy shuttle will be
available from the Bus Stop Coffee
Shop to the Nature Reserve and back. A
donation of Q150 includes dinner and the
performance. For more info., visit www.
lifeschoolweb.com. Tickets available at
LIFE School (e-mail lifeschool_director@
yahoo.com or tel: 7762-2615), 0 Av. 5-39,
z. 2, Panajachel, LakeAtitldn.
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La Cueva de Panza Verde (tel: 7832-925)
5 av. sN #19, LaAntigua
Mondays New Orleans Blues with Nelson
Lunding. Piano & vocals.
Wednesdays- Live Jazz Trio; Sax, piano, bass.
Thursdays Buena Vista de Coraz6n; Cuban
Jazz. Conga and vocals by Ignacio.
Fridays Latin Trio; guitar, conga and piano.
Sundays New Orleans Jazz with Nelson
Lunding. Piano & vocals.
La Peiia de Sol Latino (tel: 7882-4468)
5a calle poniente #15-C, LaAntigua.
Mondays, 7:30pm Kenny Molina hosts
Open Mike. Free.
Tuesdays, 7:30pm Ramiro plays Trova
7pm Sol Latino plays Andean music (pan
flutes). Free. V
Sundays, 1pm Ramiro plays Trova Cubana
during the Sunday Buffet. No cover.
SArt Gallery & Lounge
SFine International Cuisine
SDrinks & Art
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Open Daily: 5 Av. 15-52 zona 10
Rainbow Cafe (tel: 732-1919)
7aav. sur #8, LaAntigua
Mondays, 7:30pm Don Ramiro will serenade
you with some beautiful Latin folk music. Free.
Tuesdays & Fridays, 7:30pm Sergio, reggae
Wednesdays, 7:30pm Open Mike Night hosted
by Juan-Jo and friends. A complimentary drink for
all performers. Free.
Thursdays, 7:30pm Giiicho will astound
you with his guitar skills and improvisation of
Latino and pop classics.
Saturdays 7:30pm -At.One.Ment. Come
and listen to Luke and his band. You cannot
miss it. Enjoy a few drinks and relax to some
Sundays, 7:30pm La Raiz: Luis, Juan-Jo
& Choko, great improvised classics. Free.
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Fridays, 7:30pm Mark Weinstein's Marco
Trio will perform a variety of jazz, blues &
rock 'n' roll.
Saturdays, 7:30pm La Trova del Lago
featuring Juan Sisay, Carlos Rangel and Noe
2 Sat., 7pm MUSIC:
-4 Alma y Guitarra by
master Tito Santis. Q60.
El Sitio (tel: 7832-3037)
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Circus Bar (tel: 7762-2056)
Avenida de los Arboles, Panajachel
Mondays the fabulous piano master Chris
Jarnach plays jazz and favorite tunes;
Circus Bar Latin Ensemble plays boleros, salsa,
son cubano and other latin rhythms
Tuesdays Nayno Flamenco, Rumba and
Latin Ensemble, Trova del Lago
Wednesdays Nayno, Latin Ensemble
Thursdays, 7:30pm Carlos and Carlitos,
swing and latin rhythms. Trova del Lago, trova
Fridays a fascinating show of Circus Bar
Saturdays Los Vagabundos, hot rhythms in
a fusion of rumba flamenca and Guatemalan
Sundays Latin Ensemble
6a calle poniente #2, La Antigua
Proceeds benefit A.W.A.R.E.
and other Animal Protection programs
by Elizabeth Bell
What is the procession on April 25?
Trying to keep up with La Antigua's
processions can be a job in itself. Some are
celebrated every year ... but then there is
the occasional "anniversary" procession
that may seem to come out of the blue!
One procession we can count on is Santo
Hermano Pedro Day on Sunday, April 25.
Hermano Pedro is buried at San Francisco
Church and his cofradia celebrates the
343rd anniversary of his death this year
with a procession from the same church.
Who was Santo Hermano Pedro?
Born in Vilaflor in Tenerife, Canary
Islands on March 21, 1626, he worked
as a shepherd until the age of 24 when he
began his journey to Guatemala working
for his fare on the ship to the New World
and later walking from Trujillo, Honduras,
to Santiago de Guatemala (now La Antigua
Upon his arrival in Antigua, he wanted
to become a priest and enrolled in the Jesuit
College of San Borja. After trying very
hard, it is said that he had great difficulty
remembering the material in Latin and
withdrew from the school. Following
his devotion, he became a tertiary at San
Francisco and took the name "Peter of
Saint Joseph" and began visiting hospitals,
jails and the sick throughout Antigua.
Three years later, he opened the Hospital
de Belkn, a hospital for the convalescent
poor. Soon after there was a shelter for the
homeless, schools for the poor and an inn
for priests. This also led to the formation
of the new religious order ...continued on next page
P1mSat., through Fri., May 16 -
/ ART: Latest work by Guatemalan
artist Cesar Barrios; the exhibition
flowers, birds, butterflies and rare objects.
His inspiration is a large collection of old
photos with the intention of using artistic
mood and expression through use of colors
that inspire a longing for bygone days, a
sense that life is ephemeral. La Antigua
Galeria de Arte (tel: 7832-2124) 4a calle
oriente #15, LaAntigua.
Ask Elizabeth ,ct. from previous page
Orden de las y de los Bethlemitas that was
subsequently recognized and approved by
the Holy See. Hermano Pedro de San Jos6
de Betancur became a saint on July 31,
Today we remember Santo Hermano
Pedro as representing "humility and
helping others" not only in our daily life
but also through contributions to the
Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro
(3a avenida & 6a calle). Indeed, more
than 30 medical groups from four foreign
countries work here with Guatemalans
performing what many consider no less
than a miracle. The director of the Obras,
Fray Giuseppe, no doubt, will be in the
procession on Sunday!
1 Sat., 1pm DANCE & MUSICAL
/PRESENTATION: The Nifos
de Aguas Calientes dance and play the
marimba, flutes and bombas. Donations
benefit educational pursuits. Free. La Peia
de Sol Latino (tel: 7882-4468), LaAntigua.
S7Sat., 3pm (Spanish) CON-
/ FERENCE: Diversificacidn Apicola
y Derivados de la Colmena por Vicente
Arnvalo. Gratis. Cupo Limitado. Vivero y
Caf6 La Escalonia (tel: 7832-7074) 5a. av.
sur final 36-C, LaAntigua.
StSat., 7pm DANCE: The Breezes
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by Munira Dance Academy and Compafia
de Danzas Arabes Horus. Q75. El Sitio (tel:
2 Tues., 9am-4pm EXCURSION:
2 fSan Juan del Obispo, visit this
quaint town where the Baroque monastery
overlooks Antigua. Meet local artisans in
their workshops. Indigo Artes Textiles y
Populares (tel: 7831-1176) Inside Finca la
Azotea, Jocotenango, Sacatepdquez.
S Tues., 5:30pm (English)
20LECTURE: Cultural Survival
partners with Guatemalan NGOs to
strengthen a network of 140 community
radio stations across the country, many
broadcast in one or more of the country's
23 indigenous languages. Donation Q25.
Rainbow Caf6 (tel: 7832-1919) 7a av. sur
21 Wed., 8am-4pm EXCURSION:
SSanta Apolonia, take a picturesque
drive to this beautiful & rarely visited
village, meet artisans in their workshops
for ceramics, pine needle baskets and
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22FLUTES: Desde la Tierra, a
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Pablo Collado & Bette van Lunteren. Q25/
students; Q5/teachers. Asociaci6n Nuestros
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2 ~hurs., 5:30pm (English) LEC-
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Q30. Info: John Chudy, tel: 7832-4581 or
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2-2- ART: Inauguration, Trazos de
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deaf-blind people with the assistance of
artists Mayra Klde and Salvador Orellana.
Benefits Fundal. Cocktail. Galeria Guate-
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j32010 by Luz Maria Charriquiry
Fry (vocals, maracas and caj6n) & Eulogio
Moros Troccoli (vocals, Venezuelan cuatro
& guitar). Q60. El Sitio (tel: 7832-3037)
42 Sat., 5pm ART: Inauguration,
l Palestra, by Mexican artist Demidn
Flores. Centro de Formaci6n de la Coop-
eraci6n Espafiola (tel: 7832-1276) 6a av.
2 Sat., 4pm (Spanish) POETRY:
llmplacables, Odas de la Subversidn
delEspiritu by Luis Omar Sandoval Morin.
Free. Cocktail. El Sitio (tel: 7832-3037) La
4 Sat., 7pm -
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2 6Mon. thru Fri., 30th, 9am-4pm -
26WORKSHOP: The Magic of Color
with Natural Dyes. Indigo Artes Textiles y
Populares (tel: 7831-1176) Inside Finca la
Azotea, Jocotenango, Sacatepdquez.
2 Tues., 8:30am-4pm EXCUR-
S/ SION: Comalapa, visit this indigenous
village famous for its folk painters and textiles.
Proceeds benefit the women's cooperative,
MayaWorks. Indigo Artes Textiles y Popu-
lares (tel: 7831-1176), inside Finca la Azotea,
27Tues., 5:30pm (English) PRE-
/ SENTATION: Mayan Dances by
indigenous children from Nuevo Amanecer
K'a k'a' Saqarik. Nuevo Amenecer (New
Dawn) is dedicated to helping more than
30 indigenous children in San Andrds
Itzapa. Donation Q25. Rainbow Caf6 (tel:
7832-1919) 7a av. sur #8, LaAntigua.
SQWed., 7:30 through May 16 -
28ART: Inauguration of latest work
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2 Thurs., 8am-4pm -EXCURSION:
p Tecpdn elximche Offthe beaten track!
Visit this important indigenous community
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ART: Latest works by Ram6n Avila. Galeria
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Free. Indigo Artes Textiles y Populares,
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inside Cultural Center laAzotea, la calle,
la av., z. 3, Jocotenango, Sacatepdquez
(five minutes from Antigua's Parque
Central via the Azotea Shuttle). See cover
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and instruction manual. Indigo Artes
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the Cultural Center la Azotea, Jocotenango,
on., through Fri., 9am-5pm, Sat.,
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o Rudy Yan Peia- relacionados a cer-
timenes y becas en el extranjero pero sin
mercado visible- la disciplina estaba pric-
ticamente de baja. No seria hasta que una
serie de inquietudes y coincidencias, en-
trarian a fortalecer a la creaci6n en bulto.
Es precisamente en ese momento en el que
Rae comienza a proponer piezas por demis
alejadas del patr6n y logra asentarse como
escultora. De paso, algo dificil al inicio de
los noventa, consigue el respeto de sus com-
pafieros escultores y adentrarse, de a poco,
en todos los escenarios disponibles para las
artes de Guatemala.
Prolija y diversa, la obra de esta norteameri-
cana de coraz6n chapin fue dejando cinones
que artistas mis j6venes siguieron con igual
6xito. Ahora, desde su refugio de paisajes
volc~nicos, sumergida en su taller en la ciu-
dad de Antigua, Leeth se ha adentrado en
un tema por demis espiritual: el angelical.
Y desde l1 en una multiplicidad de posibili-
dades que exploran desde los cristales, mad-
eras, bronces y mirmoles ya en solitario o en
fusiones muy a la Rae. Desde alli no s61o se
puede entender la figuraci6n que la artista
explora. Tambien se puede percibir las in-
quietudes que mueven su desvelo creativo.
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ometime, before my time, I believe
it was in the 1930s when minds were
preoccupied with the Great Depres-
sion, everybody had to have a national or
a state flower. Now mostly, nobody even
knows what they are. I was at a British pub
quiz night recently and our Swedish team
member had no idea what the Swedish na-
tional flower happens to be.
In Guatemala the national flower is the
monja blanca, a delicate orchid that will
never see the light of day in La Antigua
Guatemala's fine plant nurseries (too hot
and illegal, too). So, in my opinion, I think
the monja blanca's time has come and gone
and it should be replaced.
Bougainvillea Sampler (PHOTO RUDY GIRON)
A national flower should be national in
distribution. The monja blanca, confined
to a few isolated mosslands is not. A na-
tional flower should be easily recogniz-
able, especially by children, the future.
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on your door, you wouldn't recognize it.
"Hello, who are you?"
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in-Guatemala bougainvillea. No shrinking
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mother used for it every morning, the "wow!"
flower. If one knocks on your door, you will
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V As Shakespeare pointed out
we're all mere players with entrances and
exits. The masks we've chosen reflect the
parts we play. With any luck we've also
selected the parts-otherwise, they were
probably hand-me-downs. Our mask has
become the thing we always carry around
with us; it's our presentation-our store-
front. Wearing a mask has become so un-
conscious for most of us that we even forget
to take it off at night to sleep!
There's a whole spectrum of mask behav-
iors. Some people stick to one specific
mask, while others change according to
the occasion. Some hint at what lies under-
neath by playing peek-a-boo from behind
the mask they carry on a stick. Then there
are those who wouldn't consider lowering
their mask until they have another one pre-
pared beneath-they reveal themselves one
mask at a time.
The need to wear a mask is strongly in-
grained in us. Apart from having been a
significant part of our early socialization
process, wearing a mask provides a thick
layer of protection. We can hide warts and
all behind a mask of gold! Oscar Wilde
claimed that, "Man is least himself when he
talks in his own person. Give him a mask,
and he will tell you the truth."
While others cannot see your true face,
the dramatic irony is that you cannot ei-
ther! The saying is absolutely true, "He who
wears a mask cannot see within himself."
Look deeply at what lies beneath your mask
and dare to step from behind it. Greet
yourself and no longer be a stranger in a
Remember, we came into the world with-
out a mask and we'll depart it without one,
too. Meanwhile, relegate your masks to
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wish and decided, "I think I want 1 million
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of him. He asked for his final wish, "I wish I
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I was the kid next door's imaginary friend.
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FOOD QUEST by Dianne Carofino photos by George Carofino
Irma and Alma at Irma's stall in the mercado
No visitor to La Antigua-no mat-
ter for how short or long a stay-
has savored the flavor of the city
without a visit to the local mercado, with its
stalls of colorful and sometimes unfamiliar
fruits and vegetables, all separated by nar-
row, crowded aisles. It can be an enticing
but bewildering experience. If the purpose
of the visit is to prepare a meal with your
purchases, the confusion increases. Which
of the giiisquiles-white, green or bristly-
is best? How much should you buy? What
is a fair price?
Alma Diaz, an Antigiiefia, offers to help
me navigate the mercado. I eagerly accept
her offer, first asking about the story I heard
of two friends who met at the mercado and
didn't recognize each other at first. Each
was "in disguise" to get the best prices: no
makeup, no jewelry and old clothes. Alma
agrees that it is a good idea to leave jewelry,
cameras and other valuables at home, since
crowded areas attract petty thieves. She also
advises carrying only a plastic shopping bag
and hand purse with small bills and coins.
As for getting the best prices, Alma suggests
asking several vendors how much for a par-
ticular item, then choose the vendor with
the best produce and make your offer based
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"Oyster" mushrooms, ichintal and plum tomatos
at Irma's stall
Alma with a woman selling guisquil at the back of
Panela (sugar) in /2 lb. loaves at the mercado
As we weave our way through the stalls, we
pass booths that offer clothing, from box-
er shorts to wedding dresses; plastic piggy
banks in every color; suitcases; back packs;
in fact, every imaginable item. We finally ar-
rive in the food market. Hurrying past the
meat stalls, with hanging sausages, chicken
and beef, our olfactory senses get a workout.
Finally, we arrive at Irma's stall, piled high
with as much produce as many small super-
markets. Irma is Alma's marchanta, her usual
go-to vendor. Alma feels that it is important
to establish a relationship with a vendor, in
order to receive the best produce at the best
price. Although Irma is from Sumpango,
she is at the main produce market in Gua-
temala City every morning at 4 a.m., com-
ing back with fresh produce in time for the
opening of the Antigua mercado.
Today, Irma has large, green bunches of
macuy, bledo and chipilin, which grow natu-
rally near Antigua. These green, leafy veg-
etables are responsible for the Antigiienos'
nickname panzas verdes, says Alma. When
Antigua was evacuated to present-day Gua-
temala City after the 1773 earthquake,
those who stayed behind were said to have
panzas verdes (green tummies) because they
had only these greens to eat. Another story
of the origin of the nickname is that Anti-
giiefios eat so many locally grown avocados
that they develop panzas verdes.
Avocados are abundant today, as are red
radishes and oyster mushrooms, grown in
Tecpan cooperatives. Ichintal, the large tan
roots of the giiisquil, plentiful from Octo-
ber to April, are piled high in a large, round
straw basket. Prices are very low when com-
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A basket of ajos criollos (garlic) from Irma's stall
as we buy, Irma takes a few quetzales off her
initially quoted prices.
We notice commercially packaged, name-
brand corn in this and other stalls and
learn that products for export become
available in the mercado if the exporter
has excess produce.
We move on to another stall, where we buy
panela, brown sugar, in a 212 pound loaf.
This sugar has more of a molasses taste than
the modern, packaged version. We also buy
a pound of tamarindos, long, flat, bean-
shaped pods, which we'll use for a beverage.
We move farther back in the market, passing
smaller stalls, some selling seasonings such as
the ground red achiote, which provides both
color and flavor. There are also ajos criollos,
tiny bulbs of garlic, which Alma says have a
better flavor than the larger variety.
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Market Management con.from page 70
At the very back of the market, we come to a
colorful, chaotic scene. Perhaps 100 vendors
are seated on the ground surrounded by
produce, which they or their families have
grown. The riotous color is overwhelm-
ing. From little girls to elderly women, all
the vendors wear colorful, intricately wo-
ven blouses (huipiles) of blues, reds, greens
and oranges in all shades and patterns. The
sounds too are different. Conversations are
in languages other than Spanish-no doubt
one of the many Mayan dialects still spo-
ken in Guatemala. Men are loudly hawk-
ing hand-carved wooden spoons and other
kitchen utensils. Prices are even lower here
than in the main section of the mercado.
In this area are also large trucks with their
back gates open. They sell produce to some
of the vendors. To get the very best prices,
Alma suggests coming to the market at four
in the afternoon, and buying directly from
these produce trucks. 0
On the followingpage are some ideas of what
you can do with your market items.
(prices from March, 2010)
Avocados (3-4, depending on size)-Q10
Oyster mushrooms (1 pound)-Q20
Ichintal (1 pound)-Q8
Panela (212 pound loaf)-Q6
Tamarindo (1 pound)-Q3.50
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This is a very refreshing drink on hot days.
1 cup tamarindo seeds, with the harder
outer shell and veins removed
5 cups water
14 cup sugar
Mix the tamarindo seeds with the water in a
pitcher, let sit for 30 minutes, add sugar and
stir well. Strain if desired or leave the seeds
in the pitcher. Serve chilled or with ice.
Chipilin (Kitchen Fiesta)
The tender stem tips are cooked as one
The following recipes are provided courtesy
of Epicure Deli, La Antigua
2 lbs. ground pork with 20% fat (available
1 tsp. coarse salt
1 tsp. coarse black pepper
14 cup cider vinegar
2 tbsp. ground achiote
Mix. Cover with plastic wrap. Let sit for
12 hours. Form patties and fry, or leave as
loose chorizo for the following recipe.
Eggs and Chorizo
1-2 tbsp. olive oil
1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
Loose chorizo, amount to taste
6 large eggs
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
In a 10-inch nonstick skillet heat the oil on
a medium setting. Reduce the heat to low,
add the onion and chorizo and cook, stir-
ring until the onions are tender, about 10
In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, salt and
pepper together until frothy. Raise the heat
in the skillet to medium-high, pour the
eggs over the mixture and gently stir until
Serve on warm tortillas spread with black
Peel and boil in salt water, 15-20 minutes,
until fork tender. Slice into /2 inch rounds.
Drain. Dry. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and
cumin powder. Lightly dip in beaten egg
and breadcrumbs. Fry in olive oil until
brown. Serve hot with eggs and chorizo.
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A re-enactment of the ancient Mayan ballgame ofpok-ta-pok
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were said and torches blazed. Traditional
Mayan music played from loudspeakers as
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came to the court. The black and white skull
face was a reminder of the seriousness of this
game. It was a serious pastime, a ritual and
a vital part of the Mayan religion. It is con-
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usually 25 by 75 feet. Built mostly from
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out of natural rubber, was usually 10-12
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thighs and forearms, and wore thick pad-
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or the moon, and the stone circle, the uni-
verse; with the court itself being the Earth.
Another version of the game was presented:
the ball of fire. The players brought out
painted clubs, the ball was soaked in fuel
and then lit ... whoosh! field hockey the
Mayan way and a lot more exciting.
Many warriors and kings played the game
fiercely. Sometimes the losers lost their
heads, which would be displayed later in
front of the court.
The point system? Every time the ball went
through the circle, two points were award-
ed to that team, two points were taken
away from the losing side and the game
ended at nine points. It's been said that
sometimes the game would go on for two
to three days. It is and was a spectacle of
clouds of incense, fire and fiercely painted
warriors. It made the Super Bowl look like
a Girl Scout jamboree. 4-
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ildren at an El Teatro Escolar en Antigua event
El Teatro Escolar en Antigua
El Teatro Escolar en Antigua works to
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El Miradr cont.from page 1
its original painted sculptures. Meantime, I
rested on the cool 2,000-year-old stone steps
in darkness. My reputation was now sealed, of
course, as the wimp of the group.
La Danta temple may just be the biggest
in the world. It has more mass than the Great
Pyramid of Egypt, 2.8 million cubic yards vs
2.6 million. It is not as tall but has more mass.
It is, however, the tallest of all Maya temples, I
recall 250 feet. The base platform of La Danta
is 300 meters on a side. The view from the top
is spectacular. One can see north to Mexico
and the ruins of Calakmul, as well as Tintal
and Nakbe. Many bumps on the horizon are
temples, parts of other cities.
El Mirador was a rich and powerful city-
state. Rather than locate near a river or a lake,
the Maya chose the location for its swampy
lands. The swamps were turned into fertile ag-
ricultural fields, which became the base of the
wealth of El Mirador. Trade with other cities
was made convenient by the sacbes.
An early, perhaps the earliest, script in the
Mayan world has been found here. One small
sample, on Stelae #2 is only about six inches
square, not large enough to work with for
translating. It may date as early as 300 B.C.
No doubt many more discoveries will be made
as the site has only begun to have any signifi-
Already a beautiful frieze has been exca-
vated, photos of which have hit the newspa-
pers in Guatemala and the U.S. It portrays
the Hero Twins of the Popul Vuh, one of them
swimming carrying his father's head, return-
ing from the underworld. The frieze is of lime-
stone and plaster, all covered with a pure white
powder. But when Dr. Hansen wet his finger
and touched the powder, a blood-red color
came through. This monument was painted
red, as was almost all in the city. The frieze is
in nearly perfect condition and deserves a per-
manent protective covering, or a building to
house it. Cost is $150,000. Donations grate-
The next morning the group split up. We
were four who wanted to visit Tikal. So to-
gether with Dr. Hansen we took the first flight
out. He pointed out the sacbes and other cities
that appeared as mere bumps on the distant
landscape. He showed us the cleared areas that
were actually bajos or swamps, as the Maya
had encountered 2,600 years ago and made
into fertile agricultural fields. He showed us
massive present-day deforestation, the illegal
encroachment into the park for lumbering or
cattle grazing (narco cattle he called them),
miles and miles of forest cleared. He talked
with twinkle in his eye, proud of his project
and left us greatly appreciative and impressed.
We arrived in time for Dr. Hansen's 9:30
a.m. lecture at a conference room just off the
helipad. The lecture hall was full, awaiting the
rather dramatic arrival of Dr. Hansen, step-
ping off the chopper. Dr. Hansen returned to
El Mirador after his lecture while we contin-
ued on to Tikal.
The Tikal trip was really interesting be-
cause of the comparisons: excavated and re-
stored vs not; Classic vs. pre-classic. Visiting
the famous central plaza flanked by two acrop-
olis and temples 1 and 2 made it incredible to
realize that all this could fit under El Tigre of
El Mirador. It made us really appreciate, once
again, the massive size of El Mirador.
So now I can say I have made it to El Mi-
rador. If anyone wants to go, give me a call.
Maybe we can make another trip, but I will
not climb temples in the dark, and I will bring
a good flashlight. 0
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not Dr. Hansens.
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