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by Blake Nelson
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Miguel Angel Asturias statue
text/photos by Thor Janson
Mysterious World of Maxim6n
SACRED ANIMALS &
EXOTIC TROPICAL PLANTS
by Dr. Nicholas Hellmuth
The White-Tailed Deer
text/photos by Kathy Rousso
Creating the palm frond broom
by Tanya Hughes
Finca Filadelfia getaway
PEOPLE & PROJECTS
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Asociaci6n Manos Abiertas
4 Municipal Theater, Quetzaltenango
32 COMMUNITY SERVICE
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Habitat for Humanity conference
MOMENTS OF MINDFULNESS
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42 COMMUNITY SERVICE
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The Fruits of June
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92 VIRTUAL TRAVEL
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June guide to culture
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San Antonio Palop6 Fair
74 DATEBOOK HIGHLIGHT
Photo Exhibit in Antigua park
12 From the Publishers
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FROM THE EDITOR
This month's cover story features
the gem of the Highlands, Quet-
zaltenango (aka Xela), Guatemala's
second-largest city which is widely regarded
as the country's cultural capital. The story
by Xela resident Blake Nelson points out
the highlights, accompanied by photos, in-
cluding our cover shot, by Quetzaltenango's
foremost photographer Harry Diaz.
The enigma of Maxim6n is the topic of
Thor Janson's article and photos. At odds
with the Catholic Church for centuries,
the cult of Maxim6n flourishes in northern
Mesoamerica, with thousands of chapels in
With June comes Father's Day as well as
a new crop of interesting fruits in farmer's
markets across Guatemala. Kate Witt gives
us a rundown on page 60.
Among the many NGOs making a dif-
ference here is Safe Passage, working with
children and families in the Guatemala City
dump. Volunteer Hannah Wallace Bowman
provides her account on page 42.
Looking for an interesting daytrip that
offers a little of everything near La Antigua?
Catch a free shuttle to Finca Filadelfia. Tan-
ya Hughes tells us what it's like.
We also have stories on those interesting
brooms made of royal palm, the monument
to Nobel Laureate Miguel Angel Asturias,
the white-tailed deer, and an update on
Habitat for Humanity-plus a long list of
events, fairs and cultural activities in Date-
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CITY SITES byAnna-Claire Bevan photo by Jacobo Blijdenstein
One hundred years after his birth,
Guatemala honored the life of
its exiled, Nobel Prize-winning
poet, Miguel Angel Asturias, by placing a
statue of him on one of the main streets of
its capital city. Made entirely of bronze, the
full-body sculpture was the masterpiece of
Max Leiva and celebrates the memory of the
Depicted in formal clothing with his head
held high, the 10-foot-tall statue of Asturias
appears to be strolling down Avenida La Re-
Monument to Miguel Angel Asturias,
Avenida La Reforma, zone 10,
forma with papers billowing out from the
books he is holding. Originally, the sheets
cascaded from his hands all the way down to
the ground, but shortly after the sculpture was
completed, vandals pilfered the bronze pieces.
Historians have since remarked that the de-
facing of the controversial poet's statue only
serves to increase its symbolism throughout
the country. Carlos Rend Garcia Escobar
commented that: "Miguel without pages is
a paradox;" just as people tried to silence his
work in life, they are now trying to do the
same in death.
Born in Guatemala City in 1899, Asturias
studied law at the University of San Carlos
before moving to Paris in the 1920s. While
in Europe, he wrote one of his most famous
novels, El Senor Presidente, which remained
unpublished until 1946 due to its political
content. After decades of living in exile as a
result of his radical views, Asturias received
the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1967.
It was only after his death in Madrid seven
years later that Guatemala acknowledged its
award-winning poet and novelist's contri-
bution to writing. However, despite being
credited as modernizing Latin American
literature, Miguel Angel Asturias remains
relatively unknown among the majority of
schoolchildren across the country today. o
TRAVE L by Blake Nelson photos: Harry Diaz
Guatemala's second (and maybe best) city
I spent my first year out of college teach-
ing in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, and a
typical conversation went like this:
LOCAL: Do you like living here?
ME: I love it!
LOCAL: Really? I don't.
ME: Let's change the subject!
After to moving to Quetzaltenango (common-
ly known as Xela, from the Mayan Xelaji), I
was struck by another recurring conversation:
EX-PAT: How long do you think you'll
ME: I don't know.
EX-PAT: I was only supposed to stay for
10 days...that was in 1979.
My wife and I quickly found out why. Xela
draws you in for all the right reasons. My
former statement about Honduras wasn't a
total lie (what was I supposed to say?), but
there's something about this city that makes
you want to stay a while.
Xela is the Goldilocks of Central America:
Everything is just right. It's big but not mas-
sive, cold but not freezing, set apart but not
isolated. Europeans come for Xela's world-
renowned language schools; indigenous
women sell the freshest pineapples you could
ask for; and ladino teenagers in skinny jeans
frequent the clubs that dot downtown.
It's also a good headquarters in the High-
LEFT PAGE: Quetzaltenango's central park and cathedral ABOVE: Interior of the Quetzaltenango Municipal
Theatre, and the front gardens of Quetzaltenango's Municipal Palace
"In the area are day hikes, resorts, hostels, water parks,
Mayan ruins, language schools, zip lines and plenty more."
lands: Nearby are day hikes (Volcan de San-
ta Maria is a gorgeous, if grueling, climb);
resorts and hostels (IRTRA and La Uni6n
de Santa Anita provide two extremes); Ma-
yan ruins; and zip-lining. So, there's a good
chance you'll extend your layover a few extra
days-if not months or years.
In the 19th century, Xela was battling with
Guatemala City for national supremacy af-
ter losing its fight to be Central America's
independent "sixth state." Xela is sort of
Guatemala's Texas; it rivaled the capital in
size, scope and cultural importance-until
an earthquake in 1902 leveled the place. Yet
the damage was a mixed blessing, for Xela
has largely escaped overpopulation, violent
crime and urban sprawl.
Xela now prides itself as Guatemala's cultur-
al capital, and the attractive mix of Spanish
colonial architecture with a Greco-Roman
flair won't let you forget it.
A walking tour of the city is interesting, but
the cemetery deserves a special highlight. On
Day of the Dead (Nov. 1) last year my uncle
finally succumbed to a continued o
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www.adrenalinatours.com or your local travel and tour operator.
Girl from Santiago Atitlhn in ceremonial attire with
Commercial images of Maxim6n come in many
sizes and are on sale throughout Guatemala;
Two worshipers in San Andres Itzapa receive a
Worshipers climb the stairs leading to the altar
TRADITION text and photos by Thor Janson www.bushmanollie.com
Mayan Patron Saint is an enigma
There is not a town or village in
the entire Mayan Highlands
where the presence of Maxim6n
is not being asserted. Although
the guide books for many years have only
listed three Maxim6n shrines-San Andres
Itzapa, Zunil and Santiago Atitlan-there
are literally thousands of Maxim6n temples
and chapels all over Guatemala.
Maxim6n vies for importance with the
principal Catholic saints, and the church
has been waging war on him for 500 years
with but little success. The cult of Maxim6n
flourishes all over northern Mesoamerica.
But who is this Maxim6n? Maxim6n is an
enigma. Some scholars will tell you that that
he is a corruption of the Catholic San Sim6n.
Others will tell you the "indigenous saint" is
most definitely pre-Columbian in origin.
Many scholarly articles and even entire books
have been written about him, but no one can
agree about just exactly who he is or what his
origins are. He is present in many, if not most
Mayan shamanic temples. His figure can also
be seen in seedy bars in Chimaltenango. His
best-known physical appearance is that of a
Spanish overlord, although he can just as eas-
ily take the form of a primitive stone idol or
even an extra-terrestrial.
Maxim6n plays a prominent role during
Holy Week in which he morphs into Judas
Iscariot and is seen paraded continue on page
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Deer are among the 10 most commonly depicted animals
on Mayan vases, plates and bowls of the Late Classic period.
A although two species of deer inhabit
the Mayan heartland, the white-
ailed deer, Odocoileus virginianus, is
the one usually depicted in Mayan art. For the
Classic Maya, the deer was in some ways as
important as the jaguar, monkey and snakes.
Plus, its meat was a major source of pro-
tein. Deer-hunting scenes are clearly depict-
ed on 7th-8th century Chama-style vases.
There are also a series of mold-made vases.
It is not always clear if these came from the
ABOVE: White-tailed deer at
Q:-H: Quiche urn with
deer motif i' fh rs-
:. ,:-H: Mayan deer whistle
Motagua Valley area or from the Escuintia
area. The same set of deer scenes is depicted
over and over again, as is typical of mold-
made decorations in ancient times. Consid-
ering that deer were sacred and edible, some
of the hunting scenes contain ritual enact-
ments. The Maya ate almost every animal
that was available to them, but other than
the elusive tapir, the deer is about the largest
and most common game animal in Peten,
Yucatan, Chiapas and Belize ...contin n page 88
TRADITIONAL CRAFTS text and photos by KathyRousso
C lean sweep
Hand crafting the not-so-simple palm frond broom
P alma real (royal palm) grows in
Guatemala's hot climatic regions,
and many products can be made
from the fronds of this tree. Cus-
tom dictates that the harvest takes place
three days before the full moon, after which
the fronds are dried and split into strips. The
outer part of the strip is used for hats and
the inner section turned into brooms. Palm
can also be woven into baskets, around rum
bottles or made into petates (mats).
Before the brooms make it to market to be sold, numerous labor-intensive steps are involved.
DAY TRIPPING byTanya Hughes
A luxury getaway on a coffee plantation
he hardest part is stepping
off the edge," my canopy-
"tour guide said encouragingly.
Dubiously, I peered over the 40-foot drop.
After a couple of deep breaths I took that step
and I was flying through the air, held securely
in place by my harness. Both youngsters and
adults can line up for a ride on one of the
nine zip lines at Finca Filadelfia, located just
outside La Antigua Guatemala. Reassured by
the double safety line and my friendly guides
Marisou and Eric, I too relaxed and enjoyed
the breathtaking ride and views.
My first impression of Finca Filadelfia
was the complimentary shuttle that picked
me up in Antigua. Not only was it on time,
the fun-to-ride, open-air shuttle truck was
equipped with working seatbelts and a
guide. I noticed and appreciated the small
but meaningful attention to detail that set
the tone for the rest of my visit.
Soon to be renamed the Filadelfia Cof-
fee Resort, the complex has evolved into a
must-visit destination. Thanks to the vision of
owner Roberto Dalton, the site encompasses
a 700-acre coffee plantation, a luxury resort,
restaurants, zip lines, eco touring, including
bird watching, mule rides and mountain bik-
ing-and, of course, coffee tours! It is the per-
fect place to go for day trips or extended stays,
for families, foodies and adventurers alike.
The coffee tour was fascinating. I
doubt I will ever look at a bag of coffee quite
the same way again, and I continued on page 116
Young mother and her newborn at the AMA clinic Some of the staff and volunteers of Manos Abiertas
People & Projects by Hannah Freiwald
Asociaci6on Manos Abiertas
A sociaci6n Manos Abiertas (AMA)
was founded in March 2008 in re-
L1 ponse to the urgent need for re-
productive health services in Ciudad Vieja.
Our mission is to offer a safe and welcoming
place where health services are provided for
women by women, in a respectful and con-
fidential manner without discrimination. We
strive to treat the woman as a whole, in an
environment where they feel safe to express,
think and make decisions for themselves.
Since we started Manos Abiertas (Open
Hands), we have become a trusted haven for
women's health and have served over 1,700
women, most of whom have become regular
clients. Due to the incredible community
support we received in Ciudad Vieja, we
opened a second clinic in zone 11 of Guate-
mala City last July.
We offer gynecological services, family plan-
ning counseling and obstetric services, in-
cluding pre- and post-natal visits, and hu-
manized birth. Additionally, we provide free
pediatric and psychological services twice a
week, emergency care, referrals to legal ser-
vices and weekly educational radio shows on
local station Radio Colonial.
We have just started our Sponsor a Birth
Program, where we match donors with
women who have the desire, but not the
resources, to give birth at our clinics. Spon-
soring a birth is a direct and effective way
to help address issues of access to women's
health care in Guatemala. By supporting a
woman's birth, you are giving her the ability
to choose and control the path of her birth.
For a donation of $125 you can sponsor a
natural, humanized birth for women who
cannot afford to pay even our lowest prices.
Along with your donation, you will receive
a photo and a story of the mother and child
How to help
We have an apprentice program and look
to work with experienced midwives, doulas
and other alternative health practitioners.
For more information about any of our pro-
grams, please visit www.AsociacionManos-
Abiertas.org or send us an email manosabi-
3Fri., 6-8pm - TANGO CLASSES:
Stage tango and choreography for
couples, as part of the Paiz Festival. Q40
per person. Artecentro Cultural Graciela
Andrade de Paiz (tel: 2270-8400), 9a calle
8-54, z. 1, Guatemala City.
3Fri., 7pm - (Spanish) TEATRO: A
Contra Reloj, tres mujeres se encuentran
a ellas mismas en una lucha a contra reloj,
al verse sometidas a tomar una decision
para la cual no estaban preparadas. Entrada
libre (maximo 100 personas). Cooperaci6n
Espafiola (tel: 7932-3838), 6a av. norte be-
tween 3a & 4a calle poniente, LaAntigua.
8 Wed., 5pm - ART: Inauguration of
ArtPhotoSynthesis by Vera Richardson.
A simple and elegant blending of art with
photography. Mes6n Panza Verde (tel: 7832-
2925), 5a av. sur #19, LaAntigua.
4 Sat., through July 3 - ART: Re-interpreting icons by Patrick McGrath (Puerto
Rico). These icons are viewed from a neocolonial cultural perspective. La Antigua
Galeria de Arte (tel: 7832-2124), 4a calle oriented #15, LaAntigua. v
9 Thurs through Fri., 17-ART: Amory
belleza by Ars Artis academy from Wal-
ter Peter. Museo Ixchel (tel: 2361-8081), 6a
calle final, z. 10, Guatemala City.
9 Thurs., 6:30pm through July 8 -
ART: Collage de Talento y Sensibilidad,
collective works (oil, acrylic, some mixed
details) by Anr. n,, i� L
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9, Guatemala City.
1 Sat., 1pm - BENEFIT DANCE:
The Nifos de San Antonio Aguas
Calientes dance and play the marimba,
flutes and bombas. Donations benefit edu-
cational pursuits. Free. La Pefa de Sol La-
tino (tel: 7882-4468), LaAntigua.
1 Sun., 11am - MUSIC: A lyrical
--recital by the talented Guatemalan
tenor Mario Chang. Winner of the First
Prize the in Francisco Vifas International
Singing Competition, Barcelona, Spain,
2011 and accepted at the Young Artist Pro-
gram of the Metropolitan Opera House of
NY. Arias and duets from famous operas.
Special guests: Karin Rademann - soprano
(Guatemala), Carlos Jimeno
- baritone (Venezuela). Do- !
nation, Q100. Info. artean-
email@example.com, tel: 5297-
5481. Pre-sale tickets: tienda,
De Museo, Lex Cargo (Anti-
gua). Hotel Museo Casa San-
to Domingo, LaAntigua.
1 3Mon., FESTIVAL - San Antonio
3I Palop6 celebrates its patron saint,
St. Anthony of Padua, with a daylong
festival that includes processions, music,
folk dances, food and more. San Antonio
PalopS, LakeAtitldn. See page 29.
SATues., 5:30pm - (English) TALK:
"-4Cultural Survival partners with
Guatemalan NGOs to strengthen a net-
work of 140 community radio stations
across the country, many of which broad-
cast in indigenous languages and reinforce
pride in Mayan heritage. Donation Q25.
Rainbow Caf6 (tel: 7832-1919), 7a av. sur
#8, La Antigua.
STues., 4pm - (Bilingual) NGO
1IUNETWORKING: Focus on Educa-
tion. The Guatemala NGO Network invites
NGOs working in the field of education to
present their organization to all who wish to
improve the lives of others. Public is welcome.
Q50, beverages and boquitas included. More
information contact Judy 7832-9871 or La
Pefa de Sol Latino 4882-4468. LaAntigua.
1 7Fri. - FATHER'S DAY: Celebrat-
/ed throughout Guatemala.
1 7Fri., - FATHER'S DAY DES-
/SERT: Buy dinner for your dad and
he'll be treated to a free dessert. La Pefa de
Sol Latino (tel: 7882-4468), LaAntigua.
t17, 18, 19 Fri.-Sun., daily - CON-
I/TVENTION & CONFERENCE:
The IV World Convention on Mayan Ar-
chaeology, El Popol Vuh, visto a travis del
Arte Maya (The Popol Vuh seen through
Mayan Art) featuring global experts on
Mayan culture. The three-day event will
also include book presentations, documen-
taries, exhibits, book sales and free tours of
a textile museum. Admission: Q90 per day;
Q70 for students & tour guides. For more
info visit; www.eventosantiguaguatemala.
com or email info@eventosantiguaguate-
mala.com. Tels: 7823-6500 or 4997-8188.
Hotel Camino Real, 7a calle poniente #33-
B, LaAntigua. See pages 6 & 74.
I QSat., 7pm - DANCE: A montage
Choreographed by Didine Angel (El
Salvador) with Guatemalan dancers and
Como Ustedes by Mexican choreographer
Vicente Silva, as part of the Paiz Festival.
Q25 per person. Artecentro Cultural Gra-
ciela Andrade de Paiz (tel: 2270-8400), 9a
calle 8-54, z. 1, Guatemala City.
1 Sat., 5 & 7pm- ART FESTIVAL:
J8PFestivalArtes muy Especiales, partici-
pants learn to draw with artists who paint
with their feet and mouth as well as make
jewelry with blind persons. The event will
close with over 20 artists performing per-
cussion, singing, piano, poetry, flamenco,
classic ballet, contemporary dancing and
wheelchair dancing by company Walter
Meter-Alas de Libertad. Free. Cooperaci6n
Espafiola (tel: 7932-3838), 6a av. norte be-
tween 3a & 4a calle poniente, LaAntigua.
G Just tell 'em, "lo vi en la revista REVUE"
2 Mon., 5:30pm - (English) DOC-
UUMENTARY: Democrats Abroad
Guatemala film series 2011, GasLand -
Can you Light your Water on Fire? If you
ever plan to live in the USA, you must see
this film about fracking to extract natural
gas. Donation Q30. Casa Convento Con-
cepci6n, 4a calle #41, LaAntigua.
fMon., through Sat., 25 - FES-
2U0TIVAL: The historic town of San
Juan Olintepeque, near Quetzaltenango,
celebrates its patron, St. John the Baptist,
with a weeklong festival; key dates June 23-
24. Olintepeque. See below.
Olintepeque celebrates its
patron saint June 20-25
San Juan Olintepeque, a historic town
about 6 kilometers north of Quet-
zaltenango, celebrates its patron, St. John
the Baptist, with a colorful festival.
This area is generally considered to be
the site where the famous Maya-K'iche'
prince, Tecdn Uman, died in battle against
Pedro de Alvarado in 1524.
The annual festival features costumed
dancers, the traditional dance of the bull,
coronation of La Reina Indigena, solemn
processions and popular entertainment, as
well as an array of food and drinks. Key
dates are June 23-24.
To book rooms, arrange tours or for more
information, call Adrenalina Tours at
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2 1 Tues., 5:30pm - (English) Life in
S. Guatemala: Brief History and Current
Conditions by Sue Patterson, a former U.S.
Consul General who served in Chile, Iran
and Italy. She is also the founder of WINGS,
a non-profit dedicated to reproductive health
and family planning. Donation Q25. Rain-
bow Caf6 (tel: 7832-1919), LaAntigua.
The oldest Guatemalan Art Gallery.
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2 Wed., 11am - MUSIC: Mosaico
-Cultural and Hotel Museo Casa
Santo Domingo present From Here and
There, a collection of music from 17th-21st
century (Italy & Guatemala), performed
by Cuarteto Contemporaneo. ArteAntiqua
project, firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-sale
tickets Tiendas De Museo or 1 hour before
concert. Q100. Centro de Convenciones de
Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, LaAntigua.
2 2Wed., through July 4 - ART:
l-Abriendo Espacios by artist Lucky
Muioz. Museo Ixchel (tel: 2361-8081), 6a
calle final, z. 10, Guatemala City.
Mondays- New Orleans Blues with
Wednesdays- Classic Jazz Trio.
Thursday - Buena Vista de Corazon,
Cuban Jazz by Ignacio.
Fridays- Latin Trio.
Saturdays- Julio & CUsar, Guitar Duo.
Nightly cover: Q35
Mondays- 7-10pm: The magic guitar of
Carlos Trujillo, Latin Jazz/Salsa, with Bill on
Tuesdays- 7-10pm: Ramiro plays Trova
Cubana, with Bill on Congas. Free.
Wednesday thru Sundays- 7-10pm: Sol
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Sundays- 12:30-3pm: Ramiro plays Trova
Cubana, with Bill on congas. Free.
Thursdays- 7pm: Live music.
Friday and Saturdays- Belly dancing.
Mondays- 7:30pm: Don Ramiro will
serenade you with some beautiful Latin folk
Tuesday - 7:30pm: Gustavo plays latino
classics, western tunes with some harmonica.
Wednesdays- 7:30pm: Open Mike Night:
come along and show your skills. Free drink
for anyone who performs!
Thursdays- 7:30pm: A variety of musicians.
Saturdays- 7:30pm: Don Ramiro y amigos!
Don't miss the chance to enjoy a few drinks
and relax to the classics.
Sundays- 7:30pm: Sergio y Choko y
amigos; some of Antigua's best-loved local
musicians with some great improvisation.
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Throughout theweek- Jorge Herrera plays
international music on the accordion.
(6a calle pon. #6)
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CHECK DATEBOOK CALENDAR LISTINGS FOR MORE CONCERTS AND SPECIAL MUSICAL EVENTS
Thursday - 9pm: Mike & Moriah, Piano &
Fridays- 7-9pm: Ron Fortin Saxophone;
9:30-11:30pm: Nelson Lunding New Orleans
Saturday - 9:30pm: Mercedes, Guitar
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Wednesday, 8pm -
Variety of musicians.
Everywee sk, usually on Fridays and
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Mondays- 7pm: Chris Jarnach, classic
music, jazz and rock.
8pm: Marco Solo and friends, Pana's Carlos
Santana. Rock, blues and jazz.
9pm: Norte, contemporary trova.
Tuesday - 7pm: Chris Jarnach, classic
music, jazz and rock.
8pm: Rockiris, alternative rock.
9pm: Latin ensemble.
Wednesday - 7pm: Chris Jarnach, classic
music, jazz and rock.
8pm: Latin ensemble.
9pm: Carlos Rangel and son, swing, Cuban
Thursday - 7pm: Chris Jarnach, classic
music, jazz and rock.
8pm: Latin ensemble.
9pm: Norte, contemporary trova.
Friday - 7pm: Flamenco by Marco El Messina.
8pm: Latin ensemble. 9pm: Trova del Lago.
Saturday - Los Vagabundos, hot rhythms in
a fusion of Rumba, Flamenco and Guatemalan
Sunday - Latin Ensemble.
Thursdays- 9:15pm: Nueva Trova and alter-
native music by the Rony Hernandez group.
Friday and Saturdays
- Guest musicians.
Wednesdays- 8:30pm: Victor Arriaza on
piano, Alejandro Alvarez, bass and Julio
Garcia on drums.
2 Thurs., 6:30pm - (Spanish)
23CONFERENCIA: Mejicanos, la ciu-
dad clasica del lago de Amatitlin, dictada
por Edgar Carpio. Contribuci6n Q30/Q15
estudiantes con camrn. Museo Popol Vuh, II
nivel, 6a calle final, z. 10, Guatemala City.
2 4Fri., 3pm - (Spanish) CONFER-
--ENCIA: Quieres tener una vida re-
lajada, equilibrada y plena? Ven y ent&rate
de como lograrlo a trav&s de la maravillosa
tecnica que utiliza el aroma y aceites vege-
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tivos para tu vida. Entrada gratuita. Vivero
y Caf6 de la Escalonia y Plantor (tel: 7832-
7074), 5a av. sur final #36-C, LaAntigua.
2 Fri., through July 6 - ART:
-Resinamiento, human shapes in
resin by Edgar Ramirez. Museo Ixchel (tel:
2361-8081), 6a calle final, z. 10, Guate-
52 Sat., 9am-2pm- OPEN HOUSE:
., Come and get to know our classes,
teachers and facilities, as part of the Paiz
Festival. Artecentro Cultural Graciela An-
drade de Paiz (tel: 2270-8400), 9a calle
8-54, z. 1, Guatemala City.
5 Sat., 3pm - (Spanish) TEATRO
25, COMICO: Humanos Comicus, un
disparatado cabaret lleno de humor y circo.
Personajes de manicomio, un mago deca-
dente pero muy ingenioso, un faquir en
problems o la pareja de acr6batas mis in-
s6lita de la historic, entire otros. Despu5s del
especticulo, taller de clown para adults.
Cooperaci6n Espafiola (tel: 7932-3838), 6a
av. norte between 3a & 4a calle poniente,
The only man who is really free is the one
who can turn down an invitation to dinner
without giving an excuse. -Jules Renard
2 Sat., 6-10pm - MUSIC: Woof-
2J5stock, a musical benefit for AWARE
- Animal Welfare Assoc., Rescue & Edu-
cation (spay & neuter programs) featuring
top contemporary artists Gaby Andrade,
Juan Aguirre, Hot Sugar Mama, Woodser,
de javu-radio.com. Entrance Q100, incls.
an AWARE commemorative coffee mug.
Tickets on sale in Antigua at the Revue
(6a calle poniente #2); for other locations,
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Jazz (tel: 2334-1241) Via 6, 3-55, z. 4 (near
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2 8Tues., 5:30pm - (English) TALK:
U.ZdARCAS: Rescuing Guatemalan Wild-
life. The Wildlife Rescue and Conservation
Association (ARCAS) is the leading advo-
cate for the rights of wild animals in Gua-
temala. Presentation includes wild (non-re-
leasable) animals. Donation Q25. Rainbow
Caf6 (tel: 7832-1919), LaAntigua.
3 0Thurs. - ARMY DAY: Holiday,
J Most businesses and banks closed.
AU A ANTIGUA TOUR: Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat at 9:30am with Elizabeth Bell $20
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Were St. Anthony of Padua alive today, his physicians might send him to the lakeside town of San
Antonio Palap6, 10 kilometers from Panajachel that acknowledges him as patron, particularly on
June 13. Anthony, a sickly but stentorian-voiced preacher, died from dropsy and exhaustion at the age
of 36 and was canonized within a year-a church record.
The town's Kaqchikels, attired in distinctive royal-blue tipico, toast Anthony with hearty, grainy atol
shuco in tecomates, ceramic jars with a small opening but no neck.
The processions are punctuated with the peculiar black-masked "Negrito Dance" and a bull
dance typical of the region. The feria music features marimbas galore, but visitors can also experi-
ence the rarer notes of the love-it-or-hate-it woodwind chirimfa.
This year's festival falls on a Monday, so visitors desiring to lodge in town for a long weekend
are advised to reserve. Alternatively, fairgoers can lodge in Panajchel and make a day trip of it.
THROUGHOUT THE MVIONTH
A11 month - Traveling Photographic
1Exhibit: Aguas, Rios y Pueblos, through
photographs and eyewitness testimonials, a
human profile of the conflicts and struggles
to get water service. Real Palacio de los
Capitanes, Central Park, La Antigua. See
related article on page 86. v
Through Mon., 6th - ART: Paraiso
Terrenal, exhibition of the latest land-
scapes by Guatemalan artist Sergio Al-
varado, who grew up in the Highlands. His
exhibit of more than 30 works depict ev-
eryday life in the countryside. La Antigua
Galeria de Arte (tel: 7832-2124), 4a calle
oriented #15, LaAntigua. v
Through Mon., 13th - ART: Hoja
en Blanco, 26 artists from Guatemala
and Switzerland present anonymously new
works based on a white sheet, as part of the
Paiz Festival. Artecentro Cultural Graciela
Andrade de Paiz (tel: 2270-8400), 9a calle
8-54, z. 1, Guatemala City.
T through Sat., 18, 10am-5pm - ART:
AquaFlora, watercolors and Sumi-e
paintings of landscapes and orchids from
Guatemala by artist Susan Marie Tabush.
Q20/Q15 students with carnet. Casa Mima
(tel: 2253-4020), 8a av. 14-12, z. 1, Guate-
Through Sat., 18th- ART: Drawings
by well-known artist Ram6n Avila. El
Attico (tel: 2368-0853), 4a av. 15-45, z. 14,
Guatemala City. V
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The Merlin Award is given to magicians in
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The NGO's international president Ken
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Clean Sweep cont. from page 19
Jocotan, Chiquimula is one municipality
where palm brooms are commonly found.
While sometimes sold in local shops, it is
always best to buy from the maker, which re-
quires an early Sunday morning visit, some-
time before 9 a.m. This is the day of the week-
ly market, where brooms sell by the dozen.
Besides Jocotin, I have seen the same broom
style in San Francisco Gotera, Morazin (El
Salvador), Purulha, Baja Verapaz and Colo-
tenango, Huehuetenango markets.
One day I asked a woman selling brooms
if she would be willing to teach me how
they were made. She agreed, and on the
scheduled day I took a microbus to a speci-
fied highway stop with detailed instructions
of how to find her house. After an hour or
so of wandering around the aldea I finally
located her, with a broom in process.
Strips of palm had been bunched and
tied together with a strand of palm. The
loose strips were bent back to form a "head."
Mostly white strips are used, but buyers
like a few green colored strips mixed in, so
they are placed at intervals as well. A sepa-
rate single palm strand was tied around the
"broom" and individual strips of palm were
inserted evenly spaced underneath it.
To hold everything together an inter-
esting technique was used. A long, single
strand of tul (rush or reed) was tied to
the single palm strand, and as it wrapped
around, toward the top, each added palm
Koyal paimsrrom wnicn so many proaucis come
strand was looped around it in a half-hitch
knot. Sometimes one or two brightly col-
ored aniline-dyed strands are inserted,
which creates a spiral pattern. The final step
was to shove a stick into the center of the
"head" and secure it with nails.
It always amazes me to learn intriguing
techniques used for making relatively simple,
utilitarian objects, and I often wonder where
the idea came from and if there is more than
meets the eye. Who knows, maybe once long
ago, these beautiful brooms might have been
a regal tradition, as is the case with petates, also
made in Jocotin (although usually from tul).
Petates, an important utilitarian item,
are also ritualistic and seen as a symbol
of power. Ancient Mayan calendars were
painted on mats, and Pop (mat) is the first
month of the Mayan calendar. Once con-
sidered a royal tradition, each woven strip
represented the reality of time and space, or
the Mayan cosmo-vision, and only a ruler,
known as "lord of the mat," was allowed to
sit on them.
So, it could be that besides sweeping the
floor, brooms could also symbolize some-
thing else. After all, they are made from
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Life is a process of becoming. From
the moment of birth the process be-
gins through a combination of the
stages we go through-infancy, childhood,
adolescence, adulthood. In the early stages
we move from one to another because there
isn't any choice. We can't spend the rest of
our lives in diapers or dragging around our
Many times during the stage of adult-
hood, however, the process of becoming
abruptly ends. Very often once people reach
a particular state, they remain fixed in it.
Curtailing this process defies the law of
physics that states the universe is a universe
of true becoming. At a personal level it stops
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At a universal level, it's about honoring the
gift of life by accepting the privilege and re-
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Kick-start the process of becoming by
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Dedicate yourself to all the things you aspire
to become and step away from the things
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ala's San Francisco Church. Clutch-
ing banana bread and paper cups of steam-
ing coffee, they soak up the early morning
sun. Preparing to make their way into one
of the infamous red zones of Guatemala
City, they are a diverse bunch, comprising
people from all over the world; their ages
and motivations vary, and each of them has
a unique reason as to how they came to be
waiting for this particular bus.
Yet, they all have a shared destination:
These are the volunteers of Camino Seguro
(Safe Passage), a non-profit organization that
provides hope, education and opportunity to
the basurero community of the capital.
Basurero is the Spanish word for dump,
of which Guatemala boasts one of the big-
gest in Central America. Taking up 40 acres
of a huge ravine that runs through the city,
the dump receives over 500 tons of domes-
tic, chemical and medical waste daily. The
people in the surrounding neighborhoods
make their living by harvesting materials
from the landfill for recycling-gathering
cans, paper and metals to sell for a few quet-
zals-and it is this community that Safe
Passage was created to serve.
Since it was conceived in 1999, when
a young woman named Hanley Denning
opened the doors of a small rented apart-
ment in the heavily populated margins of
the tip, offering the children who were for-
aging in the rubbish a safe space to come
and do their homework, the organization
has continued to grow. Today it works with
approximately 300 families, providing ref-
uge and educational reinforcement to over
550 at-risk women and children.
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Strange and Pelicious Fruits ofJune
markets throughout Guatemala
provide a grand opportunity to
experience new flavors, textures
and colors in fruits foreign to the extranjero
tongue. If you're worried about consuming
raw fruits here in Guatemala, remember
that a couple minutes soaked in low strength
bleach water will kill anything looming on
the skin of these beautiful fruits. Here are a
few coming and going in your local market
through the month of June.
First off we have the ciruela, or small
plum, that is beginning to flood the mar-
kets. At first glance this fruit highly resem-
bles a large cherry, such as the Bing variety,
but don't be fooled. Vendors continue to
sell the large, dark plums (also called ciru-
elas) that we're accustomed to, but the ma-
jority of these are exported, whereas the
smalls plums are native (, .. i I suggest
you bring along a cleaning cloth to taste
test your plums before purchasing them.
The darker the skin doesn't necessarily
mean riper the plum, it may just be a dif-
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La Antigua Guatemala
Next we have the guanaba, a large, prick-
ly, green sweet fruit that tastes like a mix
between pear, kiwi and granadinas (those
large, passion fruit-like fruits that contain
seeds resembling fish eggs). When the fruit
is mature, it is soft to the touch. Cut it
open, remove the slimy center (it's edible
but extremely bitter) and enjoy the sweet,
In the end, we come to the paterna, which,
depending on the rainy season, may or may
not be around by mid-June. This fruit comes
in its thick pod shell, usually green in color.
When cracked open (the shell is soft) one
is greeted with small, white fuzzy covered
seeds (if it's brown, it's past due). The trick
is to pop a seed in your mouth, lightly bite
it, and peel off the sweet fuzzy outer coat-
ing to eat. Do not eat the seed! Spit it out
and eat the outer covering, which offers a
light sweetness, such as a clover flower.
Enjoy the seasonal tastes available at
Guatemala's farmers' markets! 0
Next, the mangostino is a small eggplant-
like fruit that is cut open and the white part
is consumed. When taken out whole, the
edible part of the fruit looks exactly like a
head of garlic. The fruit is extremely sweet,
seedless and easy to eat. The mangostino is
more abundant in the Highlands (due to
the cooler growing temperature) and is a
large export fruit to Colombia. Neverthe-
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What is the extent of urban planning in La Antigua?
_'file the city grid of La Anti-
gua Guatemala was laid out in
1541, it seems that the concept
of urban planning was abandoned after the
colonial era. Over the years, many groups,
including Salvemos Antigua, petitioned
the mayors for an urban planning commis-
sion. For a centuries-old city, alas, we have
a "new" urban planning concept today!
Antigua's City Council approved the "Plan
de Ordenamiento Territorial de La Anti-
-- gua Guatemala" in 2008. It is designed to
:i promote appropriate development and land
> use as well as economic and social develop-
, ni1, r . ' rl, - lifestyle that a cultural-heritage,
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more development per square inch than
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plan states that all urban developers must
be approved first by the city, through a
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del suelo), before breaking ground. Any
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policies, plans, programs and projects based -
on the 2008 legislation. Meeting partici-
pants include the mayor of Antigua (or his -J
representative), City Council members rep-
resenting city commissions, the conservator
of the city, the coordinator of the office for '
"aldea" (village) development and others.
Main players in this "Wednesday Commis-
sion" include architect Silvia Soto (head of 7
the city planning office), architect Adalber-
to Rodas (urban advisor to the city), Oscar .
Flores and Denise Weikart (civic society/
private sector). Oscar and Denise volunteer
in this important task.
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and faceless. Our consciences easily forget them.
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a more just, dignified, and sustainable world. We
aim to show the human side of water conflicts,
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opportunity to express themselves. Perhaps they
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Laguna del Tigre; Laguna Chicabal: Community
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White-tailed Deer cont. from page 18
Thus it is not surprising that reports on
zooarchaeology of the Classic Mayan doc-
ument deer meat as a staple of their diet.
As well, the Post Classic bark-paper codices
depict deer being captured in traps. Deer
antlers were used as a tool, and deer hides
were used for leather.
Deer are mentioned in the
Popol Vuh creation story,
but there are not really
any major deer characters
in the Popol Vuh.
Some Classic Mayan depictions of the
ballgame were representations of a deer
hunt: the ballplayers were dressed like deer
hunters. Ballplayers and many hunters wear
wide-brimmed hats, for example. This con-
cept has been tough for writers of Mayan
culture to incorporate in their discussions of
the ballgame, since so much of what is writ-
ten is skewed by popular misconceptions.
My conclusion has been that some versions
of the ancient Mayan ballgame were recre-
ations of a hunt: Some of the ballplayers
were the "game." However, it is important
to realize that there were many different
versions of the ballgame-of course not
all were recreations of hunting. Some ball-
games were more militaristic; others were
pure sport. Other games were more like a
ritual enactment of the games presented in
the Popol Vuh. Some games involved sacri-
fice (of the losing player; the concept that
it was the winner who was sacrificed is a
The Post Classic bark-paper codices of
the Maya clearly show hunting, trapping and
ritual interaction with deer. Ethnohistorical
sources mention deer sacrifices. Clearly, the
deer had supernatural implications. Deer are
mentioned in the Popol Vuh creation story,
but there are not really any major deer char-
acters in the Popol Vuh. Deer are present but
are not as prominent as jaguars, bats, macaws,
leaf-cutting ants, and the like. Although deer
were not fully domesticated, there are plenty
of scenes on codex-style Mayan vases that
show deer inside the palace areas, usually
with well-fed young women.
Deer heads (real and artificial) are worn
by the Maya, especially in dances and rit-
Throughout the Bilbao area of Cotzum-
alguapa, Escuintla, you can see many sculp-
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mixture ofTeotihuacan, Classic Veracruz and
other sources from Mexico. You can see these
fascinating sculptures in two museums near
the town of Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa, and
other examples in the Museo Nacional de
Arqueologia, some in the Museo Popol Vuh
(Universidad Francisco Marroquin), and a
few in other museums.
Today you can see white-tailed deer at T
AutoSafari Chapin, in the Copan ruins and
occasionally at Tikal and Yaxhi.
Although we perhaps are mesmerized by
jaguars, vampire bats, crocodiles and cute , r ~ , '.
hummingbirds as creatures in Mayan my-
thology, we should reinstate the deer into
the regal processions and supernatural be-
liefs of Classic Mayan civilization. 0o
Dr. Nicholas Hellmuth is director of FLAAR Re-
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Safe Passage cont.from page 42
classroom assistant, a teacher, a tutor in the
adult literacy program, a social worker or a
kitchen porter, there really isn't such thing as
a "typical day" at the project. In my last eight
months as an English teacher, every day has
offered something new. I have been given the
opportunity to work with a demographic I
wouldn't ordinarily have access to and have
experienced almost every spectrum of emo-
tion possible, from the intensely negative to
the euphoric. It has been this diversity and
intensity that has made the experience re-
warding in such a way that only a true chal-
lenge can be.
The kids and mothers typically come
from backgrounds that can make it a struggle
to push past their streetwise exterior. After ar-
riving on my first day expecting to be greeted
by smiles and open arms, I quickly learned
that building relationships with individuals
who exist in the harsh reality of an inner-city
slum can be tough and unpredictable. Trust
is an issue in these barrios policed by gangs, as
is violence and substance abuse. There is an
educated suspicion and distance toward new
people, unsurprising in a context where life
is anything but easy and people learn quickly
the art of self-preservation to survive.
When those breakthrough moments
come, however, those moments when you
make a real and meaningful connection
with someone-when a normally aggressive
student seeks you out for help, or when a
kid passes their grade against the odds and
thanks you for trusting in them-these are
the moments that shall forever define my
The volunteers, whether they are short
term (minimum of five weeks) or long haul,
are expected to treat their commitment to
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means 10 hours a day, five days a week, and a
clearly defined set of responsibilities with no
sleeping in for a hangover. It's a tough sched-
ule but it makes for a collection of dedicated
and close individuals, who take what they do
seriously. Spending so much time together in
such an emotive environment forges strong
and long-lasting connections between the
folks of Safe Passage, while to an outsider,
"The Camino Crew" may seem a strange
phenomenon, displaying pack-like charac-
teristics and tending to travel together as a
unified mass, hosting parties where they take
turns picking lice out each other's hair.
I am now coming to the end of my time
with the project. Although I fear that this
was probably lost in translation, I have been
trying to explain to the kids how they have
affected me so much more profoundly than
I could have possibly have hoped to affect
them. If I have managed to give back even
one percent of what I have taken away from
this overwhelming experience, I can hold
me head up high. It is with a heavy heart
that I remove my signature green T-shirt for
the last time and say farewell to a place that
has changed me forever. 0
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Guatemala, Mexico and Panama. In effect,
it is somewhat true of El Salvador. The capi-
tal of that repdblica is, of course, San Salva-
dor. But increasingly, in areas outside of the
capital, you hear folks refer to their capital
as "El Salvador."
I blame the ayudantes on intercity buses
for this. Anywhere else in the country, you
hear them shouting "iEI Salvador!" from the
doors of buses approaching rural bus stops.
On my first notice of this, perhaps 10 years
ago, my thought was, "It's some national
holiday, and this shouting has to do with
patriotism or national pride." But no.
Not that I was unfamiliar with the habit.
On my many trips (before moving to Cen-
tral America) to the Mexican Republic, I
began using the phrase as soon as I crossed
the border, lest, by saying Mexico, people
supposed I was referring to what Mexicans
abroad call "DE"
Inside of la Repdblica, we increasingly
say "Guatemala" when we used to say Gua-
temala City. The translation of this latter
name, Cuidadde Guatemala, is in fact never
heard anywhere. It is a written form for of-
Our second most important city also
has written and spoken names. The written
name-Quetzaltenango-is always under-
stood in speech, but it marks you as a new-
comer. The spoken form is Xelajd, which
I take pains to say completely; I consider
the shortened form, "Xela," an undignified
corruption (for which, again, we probably
have bus ayudantes to thank). But why
does our second city have two names, and
why is the spoken one the preferred one
among our hosts?
The written name, Quetzaltenango (place
of quetzals) was previously spelt without
the first t ("Quezaltenango"). I forget what
a quezal must have been, but adding the "t"
might have been a way to draw more visitors,
even though quetzal birds had long since
disappeared from that region. The spoken
name, Xelajd, is much older, and a Quiche
Mayan place name. Que(t)zaltenango was
imposed by the Tlaxcaltecan allies of Pedro
de Alvarado, who is "credited" as the con-
queror of Guatemala . ..continued on page
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In reality, he could not have conquered
the region without the aid of these Tlax-
caltecans, who a generation earlier enabled
Hernan Cortes to conquer Mexico. The
Tlaxcaltecans were, like their Aztec foes, a
Nahuatl-speaking people, and the countless
place names that are Nahuatl in origin (Chi-
maltenango, Coatepeque, Totonicapan) are
a legacy of their presence in Alvarado's le-
gions. Many settled here and added to the
collective pedigree of modern Guatemalans.
But the trauma of the conquest is still felt,
so locals go on preferring the old name.
By an edict of the court of Emperor Charles
V, ruler of Spain during the era of conquista-
dores, no town in the colonies could have a
charter until assigned a patron (or a holy ob-
ject, like cruz) and named for the same. Now
there are many more places than canonized
saints; accordingly, additional names had to
added to place names to enable distinction.
In much the same way, the innumerable
expat Daves, Mikes and Bobs in Panajachel
append qualifiers to their names (in normal
communities, last names serve this purpose,
but Pana expats forget their last names with-
in six months; we cannot blame ayduantes
for this-maybe it is the water supply).
We have Wheelchair Dave, English Dave,
Sawdust Bob, Chocolate Bob, Coffee Mike,
Sausage Mike and so on. There is even an-
other Panajachel elsewhere in la Repdblica,
but for them postal workers require "last
names" (i.e., department names).
Some towns come to be known for their
patron saint and others for their added name.
Panajachel is officially San Francisco, in hon-
or of Francis of Assisi. And yet you can buy a
house here, raise kids, run a business and be
buried here without ever knowing this.
The most troubling case of mistakable
identity is the two Guatemalan cities with
the same first and last names: San Pedro
Sacatepdquez. Location may provide con-
text if you are near one or the other. But if
you are remote from either, you must say
"the one in San Marcos" or "the one near
Guatemala." The latter at least takes its last
name from its department.
Alaska and Hawaii are not names that
colonial authorities would have recognized.
And they are not names of chartered munic-
ipalities, but they are recognized by cartog-
raphers furthermore , bus ayudantes had no
role in their christening). Both are handles
for aldeas, units within municipalities that
have their own submayors and councils.
Alaska is a chilly village in the Highlands.
Hawaii is a humid one on the Pacific.
So, can you really visit all the places
listed in the first paragraph of this column?
You can-thanks to the double-place-name
Start in Hawaii. Drive north, bound for
Alaska, a trip normally taking five hours.
But take scenic detours that will carry you
though any of the towns named San Luis
Something, San Francisco Something, San
Antonio Something, and Something de los
Angeles. Also, there is probably a San Some-
thing Filadelfia that will not take you much
out of the way. This leaves Chicago.
To include Chicago, I cheated some.
On my Dad's first visit to la Repdblica,
his intinerary included Chichicastenango.
Each time he tried to pronounce the name,
he came up with something different. "Chi-
it-is" was one result. Finally, he took a pen-
cil and found that, by crossing out certain
letters, and without any reordering, one can
So add Chichi to the route, and you have
done it. 0
ABOVE: Panorama of Quetzaltenango BELOW: COpulas of the cathedral (Harry Diaz www.flikr.com/harrydiaz)
QUETZALTENANGOcont.from page 15
multi-year battle with Lou Gehrig's disease,
and I considered canceling a planned visit
to the cemetery to watch locals fly kites. I'm
glad I didn't.
Walking between mausoleums-designed
as mini-cathedrals, Egyptian pyramids and
the White House (!)-amidst thousands of
people who were also remembering their
loved ones was both healing and unforget-
table. Even if you're not there on the 1st of
November, make sure to block out an hour
or two to appreciate the kaleidoscope of col-
ored tombs that stretches for miles.
With so many sites and activities to choose
from in and around Xela, you'll enjoy losing
yourself in one of the country's best cities. 4o