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rented as effigy containers by the Maya. For
the last five years I have directed a small
Mayan ethno-botanical garden surrounding
I have been visiting Guatemala almost every
year since age 17 (1963), having spent an
entire 12-month season excavating at Tikal
(1965) while a student at Harvard, and hav-
ing spent five years developing the Yaxha-
Sacnab parquet national in the 1970s that
subsequently was turned into a much larger
park by interested Guatemalan archaeolo-
gists, ecologists and government entities, I
have some experience with flora and fauna,
though my background is in art history, ar-
chaeology and n&,..,..1..
This is first in a series of Sacred Animah & Exotic Tropical Plants
which will cover ethno-zoology and ethno-botany as related
to Mayan archaeology by Dr. Nicholas Helhnuth, Director, FLAAR Reports
The art ofthe 3rd-9th century Clas-
sic Maya was filled with renderings
of sacred flowers and revered ani-
mals. Jaguars, spider monkeys, poisonous
toads, deadly snakes and diverse birds are
pictured on stone sculptures, murals, ce-
ramics, jade and shells.
The flora most commonly depicted are the
water lily and various trees such as Pachira
aquatica, related to the world tree (ceiba). I
have worked on the iconography and cos-
mology of the water lily (1Vymphaea ampla)
in my Ph.D. dissertation, Afonsters andAfen
in Maya Art. I am working with botanist
Charles Zidar (Missouri Botanical Garden)
on identifying other flowers and plants pre-
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During these decades I have come to enjoy
reading the REVUE magazine. For years I
have thought I should write an article every
month because plants and animals are of
considerable interest to a broad segment of
Guatemala's population as well as to visitors.
Plus, we like to encourage eco-friendly re
search and help protect endangered species
and threatened nature reserves.
For this inaugural column I have selected
peccary, for several reasons:
Peccary were included in my Ph.D. dis-
sertation 25 years ago and I recently spent
two more days face-to-face with over 50
white-lipped and a dozen white-collared
peccary at AutoSafari Chapin. Thus logical-
ly peccary will be featured first on our www.
maya-archaeology.org and subsequently in
my upcoming photo exhibits. The final fac-
tor is that Maya portraits of cosmological
peccary are increasingly found by archaeolo-
gists, such as the important find at El Zotz
by Stephen Houston and co-directors Er-
nesto Arredondo Leiva and Edwin Romin.
There are two species of peccary in Guate-
mala, Mexico, Honduras and neighboring
White-lipped peccary, Tayassu pecari,
which is very aggressive and dangerous.
Collared peccary, Tayassu tajacu, not as
nasty nor as large.
Actually, the collared peccary is known to
make an excellent pet, though the fangs and
tusks of an adult white-lipped peccary can
tear your leg apart down to the inner bone.
Pecari, or coche de monte, is a common name
for the white-lipped peccary. Confusingly the
same name, coche de monte, may be used in
Guatemala for the collared peccary
Both species of peccary are edible, though
I vaguely remember from my jungle diet
35 years ago that one species was definitely
nowhere near as tasty as the other. Today I
prefer to photograph peccary; it is not ap-
propriate to eat an endangered species.
In Yucatec Mayan language, the word for
peccary is the same as the word for some
turtles, ak. In the Bonampak murals the
peccary are near turtles; both are considered
constellations. Scholars traditionally associ-
ate peccary with Gemini but Roeling notes
that the peccary is related to Orion among
the Lacandon Maya of Chiapas.
Peccary heads as tetrapod supports appear
in the same Early Classic centuries (3rd-5th
century) as do turtles and water birds catch-
ing fish. Since turtles are part of the Under-
waterworld cosmology, and since the word
for peccary is a pun on the word for turtle,
it is not surprising that both are found in
similar contexts in royal tombs.
sea turtle nesting season on the Pacific coast
FOR THE KIDS
by Dwight Wayne Coop
Zoo Slumber Party in Xela
by Dr Karmen Guevara
by Jennifer Rowe
Notyourordinary Lemonade Stand
by Gonzalo Ticun & John Barrie
Giant Kites, Flying Messengers
by Dwight Wayne Coop
Good Izotes Make Good Neighbors
by Ken Veronda
The noble peccary was highly
regarded in the Mayan culture
Season For Marvel
Nesting season for sea turtles
brings life, challenges to
the Pacific coast
SACRED ANIMALS &
EXOTIC TROPICAL PLANTS
by Dr Nicholas Hellmuth
by Elizabeth Bell
Who is La Llorona?
PROFILE / BOOK ALERT
by Jennifer Rowe
Naticksqw / The Words of the Father
STORY TE LLI NG
by Bob Makransky
The Ghosts of San Juan Chamelco
by Kathryn Rousso
Chiquimula, Ch'orti'and Crafts
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As our cover photo suggests, this is
the time of year when sea turtles
re arriving on the shores of Gua-
temala's Pacific coast to make a nest on dry
land in which to deposit their eggs. Matt
Bokor's article on page 14 describes some
of the wonder and the perils that exist for
these gentle creatures at the Monterrico
Hawaii Natural Reserve.
Another animal gracing our pages is the
noble peccary. We are excited to introduce
this first of a new series for Revue by Dr.
Nicholas Hellmuth, Jacred LAnimals <'7
For kids who like animals, the Mmerva
Zoo in Quetzaltenango hosts a Zoo Slum-
ber Party that seems to be quite fun. Find
out what its all about on page 21.
Do you believe in ghosts? Day of the Dead
rounds out the month and we have several
spirits to introduce you to; (a (lorona, the
Hungry ghost and the ghosts of Jan Juan
Chamelco. Hope we don't spook you.
October would not be complete with-
out Giant Kites and we have photos and an
article to prove it. We also have included a
Profile and Book Alert, and a Community
Enterprise worth checking out.
The Revue staff would like to congratu
late two of our long-time advertisers on their
35th anniversary, a very impressive feat. To
the Shakespeare Pub in Guatemala City
and La Fonda de la Calle Real in Antigua,
we salute you heartily, and please keep up
the good work.
Thanks for reading Revue. We hope
October finds you in good "spirits."
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by Elizabeth Bell
Wile I am more familiar with La
Antigua Guatemala's "regular"
ghosts, spirits and "orbs" (you
can see the latter if you take digital camera
photos in the crypt at the cathedral), any-
one who grew up in Antigua can recite the
stories of the folkloric figures. These include
La Tatuana, El Sombrerdn and everyone's fa-
vorite: La Llorona.
It appears that many of these figures origi-
nated in Mexico and spread throughout
Latin America. Antigua has certainly incor-
porated them into local folklore with a flair
of their own!
La Llorona (the crying woman) is an excep-
tionally beautiful woman who drowned her
children to be with the man she loved. Sub-
sequently, after being rejected by the man,
she killed herself and was doomed to wan-
der as a spirit, searching for her children, for
all eternity. Her constant weeping is reflect-
ed in her name.
Sightings in Antigua? Apparently the most
popular are Calle de las Animas (located on
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the north side of town) and at the Tanque
La Uni6n (sided by 2a 8C 3a avenidas and
6a calle oriented Although at night, if you
listen carefully, you might hear her roaming
throughout all of the old streets of Antigua
crying, "Aaaaaay, mis hifos!"
While a fearful tale, the cultural symbol is
as the archetypal evil woman condemned to
eternal suffering and weeping for violating
her role as a wife and mother. She is a failed
woman because she failed at motherhood.
In the "old days," grandmothers would warn
children that bad behavior might cause her
to kidnap them. Being outside after dark
would definitely result in a visit from this
roaming spirit. This favorite tale also warns
teenage girls not to be enticed by status and
wealth or men proclaiming empty declara-
tions and promises of love! Those who hear
La Llorona's wailing might even be marked
for death! e
We invite you to discover
the wonders of Guatemala M
Raccoons, opossums and some birds are
among species that snatch up and eat sea
turtle hatchlings soon after they break out
of their eggs, which were deposited in sandy
nests roughly 45 days earlier by mothers
Their little flippers scooting them to
sea in an age-old, instinctive march, the
tiny creatures are easy prey in these first
defenseless hours between sand and surf.
ne of nature's marvels
unfolds nightly this time
of year on Guatemala's
Pacific coast-a beautiful
yet awkward ballet of emerging life that,
within minutes of existence, is challenged
for survival against natural predators.
And this is the second test. The first was
whether the hatchling completed its
incubation at all because of human predators.
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NATURE WATCH by Matt Bokor
Season For Marvel
Criss-crossed by numerous lagoons and canahc,
The much bigger problem, which threatens
the very survival of the ancient species, is
posed by villagers along Guatemala's and
other remote coasts: nest robbers who value
huevos de oro (eggs of gold) for food and
"The sea turtle, which for hundreds of
thousands ofyears has inhabited the beaches
of Monterrico and the southern coast of
Guatemala, is in danger of extinction,"
explained Thomas Stutzer, director of
the Fundacidn Eteriza Primavera (Eternal
Spring Foundation). "We want to reverse
the decline of the sea turtle population on
Guatemala's southern coast."
Stutzer estimates 80 percent of sea turtle
eggs are stolen from Guatemala's beaches
and sold for consumption. "We need
to convince the villagers and consumers
that Guatemala is losing one of its most
important natural treasures," he said.
The Eternal Spring Foundation is organizing
a long-term campaign to help save the
gentle creatures, which this time of year are
the center of attention at the Monterrico-
Hawaii Natural Reserve.
"The sea turtle is one of Monterrico's most
famous attractions, which allows foreign
and local visitors alike to have a unique
AHl photos are winners from last year's Festival de La Tortuga Photo Contest
nature experience-once when the adult
turtles come to deposit their eggs on shore
and another when the hatchlings go back
to the ocean," Stutzer said.
With the turtle nesting season at its
peak, October is an ideal time to visit
Monterrico's ocean-front hotels and the
Monterrico-Hawaii Nature Reserve, a
28-square-kilometer paradise that serves as
a significant nesting ground for endangered
leatherback and ridley turtles.
Visitors have a unique opportunity to
watch and even help release the hatchlings
from their nest under the guidance of
local environmental experts (for a modest
Criss-crossed by numerous lagoons and
canals, the reserve is home to a variety of
birds and reptiles and serves as a rest stop for
wildlife migrating through the Americas.
The reserve's dense mangrove islands
provide habitat for small fish while guarding
the shoreline from coastal erosion.
The reserve's main focus is the turtle-release
program, and visitors during turtle season-
August through January-are sure to witness
a unique moment as hatchlings emerge. o
For more information:
www.arcasguatemala.com. To book your
lodging, see www.visitmonterrico.com.
The 2010 Festival de La Tortuga is scheduled
for Nov. 26-28... stay tuned for details
Wen writing about someone as
interesting and multi-faceted
as Naticksqw (pronounced
Nah-tick-squaw) the hardest part is deciding
where to begin. Do you start by mention-
ing she is one of 12 children? That she grew
up in rural Massachusetts in a house with
no heating? Do you begin by describing the
quiet energy that radiates from her? That she
is also known as Chief Caring Hands, from
the Praying Indian tribe? Or perhaps you
start by mentioning that she is a channeled
-a person through whom God speaks.
Yes, let's begin with that.
Naticksqw first started receiving words from
God when she was just a teenager. At first,
she didn't know what was happening. "People
were astounded by the words God was saying
to me, so I wrote them down," she says, "and
turned them into poetry." The people who
read the words considered her an "old soul."
She says, "That's nice to hear when you're in
your 60s, but not in your youth."
She never knows when she will receive mes-
sages. "I keep paper with me all the time,
Naticksqw says with a smile. "I never know
when The Father will speak to me.
When asked why she was chosen to receive
these messages, Naticksqw replies, "I never
ask 'why me' but instead, 'why not me?' He
chose me to speak to a world in need of heal-
ing." Her ancestral background with the
Praying Indian tribe of
PROFILE / BOOK ALERT to linnie. Rome
Like many towns in Guatemala, San
Juan Chamelco, Alta Verapaz, used to
have a la llorona, a female spirit who
wails in the night. The Ilorona's cries often
can be heard near a house where someone
had just died.
Indeed, since Chamelquerios usually knew
which of their neighbors were gravely ill, it
was common to remark, "Oh, Fulano de tal
must have died!" whenever they heard the
llorona's cries. The children would quake
in terror and stuff their ears with cotton
when they heard the cries; the more rational
adults claimed it was nothing more than a
bird calling. An attempt was once made to
run the Ilorona down, but the only thing
visible at the spot from which the cries were
heard was a dust devil.
Another apparition that Chamelco shares
with many other Guatemalan towns is a
temptress who lures lustful men to their
deaths. In Chamelco she is called Sigua-
naba, and she is often encountered at night
beneath the giant ceiba tree in front of the
church or near the bridge of Nani in barrio
Chitubtu (the southeast end of town on the
road to Concepci6n).
She appears as a young girl with long, shiny
black hair and a beautiful figure, though
her face is always veiled in shadow. She car-
ries a bar of soap in a golden bowl in her
hands. Some men-the lucky ones-foam
at the mouth and faint from fear at the sight
of her. But the bolder and lustier men are
captivated by her; she flirts with them and
invites them to bathe with her beneath the
bridge. If they accept, she strangles them to
death with her long hair.
Once, a long time ago, a widower was court-
ing a woman in Concepci6n. As he crossed
the bridge of Nani one night he thought he
saw his beloved approaching. He had a bottle
of trago with him, and the apparition invited
him to sit down and drink with her. He got
Jos4 Mario Gutidrrez (center), president of Amor Ch'orti' also grows gourds and makes gourd crafts in
a Camothn aidea. Magdaleno Ramirez P4rez (right) heads up a ceramic group in a Jocothn aidea. The
products in the photo are maguey bags, baskets, matsand honey.
Chiquimula is a department in
Eastern Guatemala and shares
a border with Honduras. It is
inhabited by the Maya Ch'orti', who are
related culturally and linguistically to
the lowland Maya of Yucath and Belize
(Chol) rather than the highland Maya of
Guatemala (Quichd-Pokam). Coph is their
Like the rest of Guatemala, textile traditions
prevail, but back-strap and treadle looms
are not found here because traje (traditional
clothing) is not woven in the region.
Instead, horizontal looms, unique to Olopa,
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and vertical-frame looms in Jocath are used
to weave maguey fiber bags. Hammocks are
another maguey product, made between
two upright poles.
Other textile items include carrizo (cane),
tule (reed), pine needle or palm leaf operates
(woven mats, once considered royal art,
and thus only leaders were allowed to sit on
them, and became known as the "lords of the
mats"), sombreros (hats), escobas (brooms),
baskets and sopladores (fans). Many of these
items are sold in Jocath's Sunday market or
local shops. In addition, a few organizations
are developing contemporary
COMMU NITY ENTERPRISE text and photo by Kathryn Rousso
Camping can be scary for littler kids, One might think that this zoo was named
especially if, the night before, they for longtime curator Lucy Guzman, who
watched The Wizardofoz, and big with Olympian wisdom rescued it from
sister hints at the lurking presence of "lions neglect and mismanagement. The name re-
and tigers and bears-oh my!" ally comes from the presence, nearby, of a
Yet each November, Guatemalan young- Minerva "temple" erected by President Es-
sters do sleep within eating distance of Cen- trada a century ago to inspire quetzaltecos to
tral America's premier feline, the jaguar. excellence in education. But something-if
And lions ven African lions-have been not the temple-did inspire Guzman in this
spotted at the campground. But no kids direction, as she proved in 1990.
wind up as kitty kibble. In fact, not only are That was the year the mayor gave her the
steps never taken to avoid these big cats, but keys to the zoo, where she found 15 male
the cats themselves are hunted. So are bar- employees who, well, needed work. With
bary sheep, monkeys, and griping macaws. farcical earnestness, they were attempting to
The "hunters" are attendees at one of feed bananas to snakes, among other sitcom-
Guatemala's surrealist events: the big pita- grade antics. Guzman's emergency reforms
mada (sleepover) at Quetzaltenango's Mi- were not well received, and the men con-
nerva Zoo. spired to draft a kiss-and-tell
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FOR TH E KIDS by DwightWayne Coop
Sat. (Spanish) BOOK PRESEN-
TAT ION/ART Presentacidn de libros y
exposicidn de pintura: Libros testimonials
sobre la Revoluci6n de 1944, conference
dictada por el maestro Roberto Carrera. Asi
mismo exposici6n de pintura de la 6poca.
Colegio Mayor de Santo Tomis de Aquino,
la av. norte #23, La Antigua.
6Wed., through Sat., 30 ART:
Hablando en Plata by artist Fernando
Valdiviezo. Galeria El Attico, Sal6n Prin
cipal (tel: 2368-0853) 4a av. 15-45, z. 14'
Guatemala City. 7
Tues., 5:30pm (English) TALK: Los
Patojos, Forming Leaders for Guatemala
with Director Juan Pablo Romero. Dona-
tion Q25. Rainbow Caf6 (tel: 7832-1919)
7a av. #8, La Antigua.
5 Tues., through Mon., 11 ART: Ex-
position of works by students from Co-
legio Montessori Internacional. Free. Museo
Ixchel (tel: 2361-8081) 6a calle final z. 10,
Centre Cultural UFM, Guatemala City.
Wed., 7pm through Sun., 31 ART:
UEstados de Conciencia, works by artist
Alfredo del Aguila. Galeria de Arte Alianza
Francesa, Sa calle C 10-55, z. 13, Finca La
Aurora, Guatemala City.
8Fri., 8pm MUSIC: Victoria Valen-
zuela sings a selection of Latin romantic
music. No cover. Caf6 Flor (tel: 7832-5274)
4a av. sur #1, La Antigua.
8Fri., 8pm MUSIC: Evert Taube
by Norwegian singer-songwriter Lars
Klevstrand. Q60/Q50 students with carnet,
includes vin d'honneur. Sponsored by
Embassies of Norway and Sweden. El Sitio
(tel: 7832-3037), La Antigua.
Mon., through Sun., 17th- MUL-
1 1 TIMEDIA & ART: A Hes Bands,
material, aural and visual narrative of musi-
cal mestizaje present in Latin America since
the 16th century. Centre de Formaci6n de
la Cooperaci6n Espadola (tel: 7832-1276)
6a av. norte entre 3a y 4a calle poniente,
Tues., 5:30pm (English) TALK:
A Partnering with the Poor: I 7..
Education and Opportunity in Guatemala.
Donation Q25. Rainbow Caf6 (tel: 7832-
1919) 7a av. #8, La Antigua.
22, & 29 Fri., 9:30am ART
1 WORKSHOP: Artistic Expression
by Sergio Valenzuela. Q740, limited seat-
ing. Museo Ixchel (tel: 2361-8081) 6a calle
final z. 10, Centro Cultural UFM, Guate-
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9Sat., 9am-3pm (English) WOM-
EN'S MINI CONFERENCE: God's
Emotional Healing. Tickets available at the
Church office. Union Church ofGuatema-
la (tel: 2361-2037) 12 calle 7-37, z. 9, Plazu-
ela Espaha, Guatemala City.
9Sat., 11am (Spanish) CONFER
ENCIA: La Iglesia Cardlica durante la
Revolucidn del 44, por Jos6 Antonio M6bil.
Colegio Mayor de Santo Tomas de Aquino,
Sat, 1pm CULTURAL EVENT: A
9 glimpse at indigenous culture, a Maya
sacerdote (priest) presents an authentic cer-
emony/ritual. Free. La Peha de Sol Latino
9Sat.,7pm-ART: CaminosII, painting
and drawing exhibition by Edwin Jos6
Bixcuil. Cocktail. El Sito (tel: 7832-3037),
Central American Travel Market
2010 to take place in La Antigua
Fri., 15 through Wed., 20th CATM FAIR: The Central American Travel Mar-
ket (CATM) 2010 fair is a technical and professional encounter, during which
tourism offices from Central American countries have the opportunity to establish
commercial relationships between the tour operators and the wholesalers of the main
tourist-issuing markets at an international level including Europe, Asia and Latin
The main objectives are to promote the region as a tourism multi-destination-a highly
competitive market in the international tourism industry-and to achieve an increase
in the number of international tourists that visit Central America. More visitors to the
region will generate benefits such as job creation, increased revenue, and local develop-
ment in Central America.
CATM 2010 will take place in La Antigua Guatemala, one of the most important
tourism destinations of the Central American region. According to CATM, La Anti-
gua is "One of the most emblematic cities of the world. It's historic inheritance will be
the principal seat for this touristic and professional encounter of the Central American
region." The fair will be held at Hotel Casa Santo Domingo. For more information and
complete calendar, visit http://www.catmeentralamerica.com/index-1.php Hotel
Casa Santo Domingo, 3a calle oriented #28, La Antigua.
Sat., 1pm DANCE 8: MUSIC:
ALIThe Ninos de San Antonio Aguas
Clients, dancing and playing the marim-
ba, flutes and bombs. Donations benefit
educational pursuits. Free, La Pefia de Sol
Latino (tel: 7882-4468), La Antigua.
61 Sat., 7pm MUSIC: El Canto de
las Libilulas by Magda Angdlica.
Q60. El Sito (tel: 7832-3037), La Antigua.
18Mon., 8pm MUSIC: Thibault
Cauvin, French classic guitar player.
Galeria de Arte Alianza Francesa, Sa calle
C 10-55, z.13, Finca La Aurora, Guate
mala City. I
Tues., through Fri., 29th, 9am-
Af 1pm ART: Inuit weavitzgs
brought to Guatemala by the Canadian
Embassy. Q15. Museo Ixchel (tel: 2361-
8081) 6a calle final z. 10, Centro Cultural
UFM, Guatemala City.
Tues., 5:30pm (English) TALK:
A fFriends of the Deaf: LAVOSI (Las
Voces del Silencio) Donation Q25. Rain-
bow Caf6 (tel: 7832-1919) 7a av. #8, La
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sI was wandering the streets of La
atigua on a Saturday afternoon in
search of photographic opportunities, I
heard a wonderful melody coming from
the central park.
Surrounded by an appreciative crowd,
a group of musicians known as Grupo Sol
Latino, were playing Andean music, which
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trees, the rocks, the animals, the wind. All in-
digenous people recognize one God. He may
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of but also to love the land. "I was in touch
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dress in my country, I might be made fun
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ne summer in my adolescence, I
went to the library and checked
out Dante Alighieri's voyage to
the other side of the world, a trip that pre-
ceded that of Columbus by nearly two cen-
turies. It was Dante's imagination, rather
than prevailing winds, that took him (and
The trip, whose itinerary included Heaven,
Hell and Purgatory, was a long one; Dante
needed nine years to write the 14,()()() couplets
of The Divine Comedy-aboutfour aday. Like
Columbus, however, Alighieri traced a heri-
tage from that nation with the most charming
of cartographies, the boat of Italy.
I spent some of my childhood in Europe-
literally, not just vicariously-where my un-
contested favorite of the dozen countries we
stayed in was Italy. Decades after my last de-
parture, I remain stricken with things Ital-
COMITATO or GUATEMALA
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ian, and understand what drives the world-
wide Societh named in Dante's honor.
You may start with the cars, the eats, the
history, the marbled fountains, or the lore
of culture that Italy, as the locus of Western
Civilization, has contributed to humanity.
But you end with the literature and lan-
guage. Italian (and its Florentine dialect,
the lingua francs among Italians world-
wide) is to my ear the loveliest of tongues.
Sweet, musical, expressive-yet threatened
In 1889, Italian businessmen and schol-
ars, anticipating this, founded the Societh
Dante Alighieri. The original mission was
to bolster ties between the pioneers of the
Italian diapora, by then underway, and the
old country. When you disembarked in
New York or Melbourne or Tripoli, the lo-
cal Societh comitato ("committee") was your
Today there are over 5()() committees in
Italy and abroad, although their mission
today is more to advance consciousness of
Italy among non-Italians, through language
courses and cultural events.
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will now learn what it takes to be a success-
Children who are lucky enough to attend
school are only in class for half a day. It is
financially difficult for Guatemalan families
to send their children to school because it
not only means paying for their education,
but it also means there will be one less fam-
ily member working and making money.
CasaSito, an Antigua-based NGO, provides
partial scholarships to children in Guatema-
la, and devised a plan for the students to be
able to work while attending school.
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In April of this year, CasaSito was chosen
as one of only 44 finalists out of more than
300 applicants for a grant from the World
Bank and the Global Fund for Youth In-
vestment for their idea to provide business
classes and microloans to teenagers. As a
finalist, they were invited to attend the De-
velopment Marketplace Competition held
in Bogota, Colombia. Amanda Turner, Op-
erations Manager at CasaSito, attended the
event with fellow employee Sisi Gonziles
Monroy and her new husband, Victor Cas-
tillo-who hopped on a plane to Bogota
just hours after their wedding. During the
conference, Turner and Gonziles attended
educational and informative workshops and
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The winning business
plans will be granted a
loan to start their busi-
ness and the teams can
request anywhere from
100 to 1,600 Quetzales
met with other nominees from throughout
Latin America. After presenting CasaSito's
vision and ideas to a panel of judges, Casa-
Sito was the first of 12 winners announced
at the conference.
Turner explained that the money from
the grant will be used to support CasaSito's
student microfinance and entrepreneur
classes. Children who receive scholarships
from CasaSito are eligible for the program.
The first step ofthe process involves the stu-
dents attending weekly business classes for
three months. Local business leaders from
a myriad of industries including banking,
manufacturing, tourism, food exporting,
and non-profit organizations volunteer to
teach the weekly classes.
After attending the classes, the students
break into groups of either three or five
and are assigned a mentor. The students
form their groups based on the location of
their schools or communities, and similar
business interests. Mentors are assigned to
groups of students who are interested in
their area of expertise. The students and
mentors work together for an additional
three months and the mentors help them
decide what types of businesses could suc-
ceed in their town.
When the three months of mentoring
are complete, the groups write their business
plans. After they have finished, the students
present their plans to a panel of judges. The
judges rate the students' business plans on
factors such as feasibility, cost, and return
on investment. Turner says they are plan-
ning to choose up to five winning business
plans. The winners will be announced in
The winning business plans will be
granted a loan to start their businesses and
the teams can request anywhere from 100 to
1,600 Quetzales. The loans must be repaid
within one year at 20% interest and the stu-
dents must work as a team to repay the loan.
The idea is to teach the students teamwork
and responsibility. No one team member is
the sole breadwinner and all members share
the responsibility of repaying the loan.
During the implementation of the business
plan, mentors are available for students to
ask questions. However, it is up to the stu-
dents to approach the mentors to ask for
assistance-not the other way around. This
will teach the students to ask for help when
they face obstacles and need advice.
Turner has heard some of the proposed
student business plans and they include a
painting business, running a small paca, teach-
ing Spanish to Maya-speaking adults, offering
computer classes at the community center,
and running a small office supply store.
CasaSito will report back to the World Bank
in July 2011 to let them know how they
spent the grant money, including details on
the entrepreneurship courses. Turner says
that although the students will still be work-
ing on repaying their loans when the report
is due, she is confident they will have a suc-
cessful program. o
To learn more about CasaSito visit
their website: www.casasito.org
Communication and contact with
ancestors is an important part of life
for people throughout the world.
Communities often put aside a time each year
to honor this connection; in Guatemala, as in
much of Latin America, this commemoration
occurs on the first and second days ofNovem-
ber, with the first ElDia de Los Muenos (Day
of the Dead) being the focal point.
Among many activities that take place
across the country, one of the most striking
can be found in Santiago Sacatepdquez, 25
kilometers from La Antigua Guatemala.
An amazing spectacle appears in the first
days of November: Gigantic circular kites,
up to 15 meters (50 feet) in diameter, bear-
ing designs of breathtaking intricacy and
color, are exhibited by their proud creators.
Other kites of up to 5 meters (16 feet) in
diameter fly high above the crowds.
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The giant kites are constructed over a
period of three months by groups of barri-
leteros (kite makers), who compete on No-
vember 1st for prizes presented by the San-
tiago Association for Cultural Development
(La Asociacidn Santiaguense para el Desarollo
Cultural, or ASOSDEC) for the best design,
theme and size. The prizes are modest, but
the honor and respect gained by winning are
great. Prizes are also given in the categories of
kites that fly and of those made by children.
The practice of building giant lates in
Santiago Sacatepdquez is now in its 110th
year, and-while its origins are somewhat
hazy-many people view the tradition as
symbolizing the communication between
this earthly realm and the elevated sphere
of the dead.
Another popular view is that the flap-
ping of the kites' tails in
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the air scares away evil spirits, giving good
spirits the freedom to enjoy the day with
their living relatives.
The majority of those involved with
building and flying kites in Santiago Sacate-
pdquez are Kaqchikel-speaking indigenous
people, and many traditional Mayan spiri-
tual ceremonies take place around the cre-
ation of the kites each year.
The process of building, showing and
flying kites has become an integral part of
the identity of the indigenous people of the
town, something that is rightly regarded
with enormous pride.
The residents of Santiago Sacatepdquez
are happy to share this tradition with out-
siders, both Guatemalan and from farther
afield, and every November 1st the town is
filled with visitors eager to witness the spec-
tacle. Visitors are also welcome to attend
the wider range of events leading up to No-
vember 1st. The people of Santiago Sacate-
pdquez invite you to witness their colorful
festivities first hand! *
Kites from Santiago Sacatepiquez will be
on exhibit at the Fundaci6n Nahual (2a. av.
norte 6 B, La Antigua Guatemala, tels: 7832-
0167/5985-4954) throughout the month.
Since 2004, the Fundaci6n Nahual has con-
ducted public kite-making workshops led by
young kite builders from Santiago Sacate-
piquez. One of the Nahual Association's
goals is to strengthen local Kaqchikel youth
groups by giving them opportunities to teach
about their cultural traditions. For more in-
formation, visit or call the Fundaci6n.
If all mankind were to disappear, the world
would regenerate back to the rich state of
equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago.
If insects were to vanish, the environment
would collapse into chaos. -E. O. Wilson
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Dante Alighieri Society condrompage58
This is easy enough in, say, Argentina, where
Over half of the population has an Italian sur-
name. There, every self-respecting city has a
comitato, and the stamp of Italiana, from man-
ners to neoclassical architecture, is profound.
But the Dante Alighieri Society is also in
Guatemala, where the stamp, though light-
er than in Argentina, is deeper than you
might expect. This month, it is celebrated
as the Society marks its golden anniversary
on the 13th. You need not be a veteran
Italophile to attend the events.
Canadian-Guatemalan opera maven Bar-
bara Bickford, vice president of the Gua-
temala comitato from 1972-1974, was
instrumental (along with then-president
Angela Paniagua) in broadening the com-
mittee's emphases by adding music and
opera to literature, language and the visual
arts. One of her latest projects has been to
develop, on her own nickel, a chorus of 12-
14 Mayan operatic voices of Italian music,
a group set to perform later this year dur-
ing Christmas events.
Bickford, like the Society itself, is strictly
non-profit." Not surprisingly, the presen-
tations of Italian music this month at the
Italian Club in Guatemala City's zone 10
will have free admission.
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a crowd, and you may have to stand." a
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them say the main complaint is that a tame
peccary will constantly follow up directly un-
der your feet, and will beg for attention and
to be scratched day and night (with constant
grunting of pleasure when scratched on the
belly, or of displeasure when you are not pay-
ing due attention to it).
I hope you have enjoyed this introduction of
animals of importance to the Mayan symbol-
ism, iconography, cosmology and archaeol-
ogy. Every month I will bring the results of
my many decades of studying the achieve-
ments of Mayan civilization, especially the
remarkable works of art produced by Maya
artists of a thousand years ago. Let us hope
that we can respect the natural environment
and protect both endangered species as well
as endangered archaeological sites.
If you wish to see peccary tetrapod supports
in more detail, I still have a few leather-
bound copies of the coffee table edition,
published in Graz, Austria, of my Ph.D.
dissertation available for benefactors. Plus
the text is available in English, Spanish and
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Peccary associated with Early Classic basal
flange bowls or tetrapods are found in Pe
tin, Belize, Campeche, Quintana Roo and
potentially traded into neighboring Yucatin
or Tabasco. Indeed, the most ornate peccary
tetrapod head found so far is reportedly
from Tabasco (Brooklyn Museum).
In the Mayan mythic epic history of the
Popol Vub, the "Great White Peccary" was
one of the early deities. In the Late Classic
period (AD 600-850) the peccaryis pictured
on vases or other art associated with God D
or with deer, monkeys, or sometimes with
jaguars. I would estimate that the larger,
more vicious white-lipped peccary is pic
tured more than the collared peccary.
The Mayan word ak is also used for a dwarf.
Dwarfs were kept in the royal courts and
were often pictured together with rulers
or deity impersonators who were dressed
as the Holmul Dancer version of an ideal
ized young noble. But the main punning for
peccary is with turtle and constellations.
So the next time you see a peccary, try
to avoid thinking only about its unpleas
ant stink and its mud-encrusted body from
constantly rooting with its nose in the dirt
for scraps. Also try to avoid thinking of this
as merely a "wild pig."
Peccary are noble animals, are revered as pa-
trons of constellations in astrology, and are
deemed ofsufficient value so as to be featured
in royal burials of the rulers of Early Classic
Mayan kingdoms. Baby peccary are also cute
little mascots. Indeed people who have had
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Lake Views .
In the absence of fences and walls,
Central Americans have found a good
way to mark property lines. I learned
what it was when I became landed myself in
1997, having bought a patch of property in
the nosebleed-zone mountains above Lake
Atitlan. Not that I have ever done much
with it; the point was to get my wife's name
on a deed so that, as a property owner, she
could get visas to countries that do not want
her to stay too long. Well, the land served
this purpose well enough. And, I can still
trace its boundaries, thanks to the izotes at
its four corners.
Usually, one hears this name in associa-
tion with an edible flower, and not property
lines. And, indeed, the flower is bitterly de-
lectable, going well with beans and chills in
any permutation (but what does not?). I was
surprised to learn recently that this flower is
the national flower of El Salvador, while at
the same time being named, taxonomically,
after Guatemala: Yucat guatemalensis.
Actually, taxonomists are still arguing
over its christening; there are some who
still call it Yucca elephantipes. I doubt that
the plant itself much cares. Either way, they
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ters, rivaling the banana "tree" as the tallest
plant anywhere that is not really a tree.
Maybe I would have named it Yucca gi-
qf>r.pe. But whatever you call it, it should
not be confused with another plant that
is completely dissimilar but has the same
name, which we call casava, an edible,
starchy root. You find it in any merardo, and
it is as yummy as the izate flower.
Being from the southwest, I remember
growing up around this plant. You found it
in deserts and in locations of the apparently
defunct motor home park chain, Jellystone
Park, where some joker between jobs and
wearing a Yogi Bear suit would snatch good-
ies from picnic tables (yes, really). By the
time my family first "camped" there, I was
old enough to be sophomorically humorless
about such things, and rather thought that
"Yogi" should know his place.
If Yogi were a Central American cre-
ation, rather than a Hanna-Barberan one,
he might have hesitated to run past all those
towering izates. Down here, they never
seem to get big enough to tower, but that
does not stop them from being good prop-
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letter to the mayor. There was one problem:
none of them could write.
Guzmb rewarded her enemies by secur-
ing volunteers to teach them literacy. She
would go on to further professionalize them
with uniforms and training. Today, all of
them swear by her.
In 2000, however, another complaint sur-
faced against Minerva Zoo and its mistress.
"People saw what they thought were emp-
ty cages," she recalls, "giving the impression
that the zoo was impoverished in its collec-
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detractors who consider it a white elephant.
"But those cages were not empty,"
Guzmb says. "No, they house nocturnal
species, which visitors can spy if they come
To prove her point, she conceived the idea
of the piyamada (a word deriving from the
Spanish word for pajama). This now annual
event culminates another brainchild of Lucy
Guzman and her assistant, her son Carlos.
Every November, the Guzmbs offer a
morning, four-week course in zoology and
zoo-ology." Aside from being educational
and fun, the course and its all-night con-
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civic pride among quetzaltecos. This is vi-
tal, since the zoo is a threatened oasis in the
city's booming zone 3 commercial district.
Its four hectares encompass not only the ex-
hibits, but gardens, picnic facilities, a play-
ground, and a gazebo for open-air events.
If zone 3 is Quetzaltenango's Manhattan,
the zoo is its Central Park. As such, it needs
"And what better protectors," Guzmb
asks, "than adults who retain fond child-
hood memories?" She adds that kids love
the daytime course so much that "they often
get here before we do."
For Q100 per child, kids "camp" for four
hours each day while studying animals and
ecology. They are also put to work trim-
ming foliage and even painting cages. But
it hardly ends there; a program of dances,
skits, singing and workshops is in place be-
fore the visitors arrive. Many activities are
led by "graduates" older children and
young adults driven by nostalgia to return.
The most exciting and poignant event
might be the puppet show,