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Contestants from the 2010 Rabin Ajau pageant in Coban. (PHOTO: THOR JANSON)
Cobin's Folkloric Festival
In 1936 Coban prospered greatly from coffee exports to Europe. A group of leading
businessmen decided that it was time to organize a regional fair, and so the inaugural
"Feria Departamental" was planned for the first week in August.
As part of the event it was decided to elect two queens, one representing the European
population and the other chosen from among the indigenous Maya. The first Ladino queen
was given the title "Flor de Caf6"-Coffee Flower-and the winner was Florence Hemp-
sted Disseldorff, the daughter of a prominent coffee baron. The indigenous title "India
Bonita Cobanera"-Beautiful Coban Indian Girl-was bestowed upon a young lass by the
name of Armenia Macz.
Forty years later, with the idea of enlarging the indigenous event and to include candi-
dates from all over the county, it evolved into what we have today: the Rabin Ajau, Guate-
mala's National Folkloric Festival.
My friend and host when I am in Alta Verapaz is Jos6 Sierra, secretary of communica-
tions for Coban. He extends a warm welcome to one and all who wish to attend this year's
pageant, which will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at the INJUD Sports Complex gym
Mr. Sierra also encourages guests to enjoy all the other features of the annual Coban Fes-
tival during the first week of August, as well as paying a visit to one or more of the natural
wonders of Alta Verapaz, such as Lanquin Cave and the world-renowned Semuc Champey
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Daughter of the King
Maya Princess Rabin Ajau
8 COMMUNITY SERVICE
by Hannah Wallace Bowman
GOD'S CHILD Project: 20 years
9 PEOPLE & PROJECTS
by Astrid Barrios
Compaiero en Salud
0 SACRED ANIMALS &
EXOTIC TROPICAL PLANTS
by Dr. Nicholas Hellmuth
The Palo de Pito
by Matt Bokor
8 MOMENTS OF MINDFULNESS
by Dr. Karmen Guevara
0 CITY SITES
by Anna-Claire Bevan
Restoration of La Sexta, Zone 1
0 INCIDENTS OF TRAVEL
by Eric Mencher
Time to shop for Red Dragons (Pitaya)
62 MUSICIAN PROFILE
by Matt Bokor
by Kate Witt
Red Dragons in the Market
by Elizabeth Bell
Why St. James Day?
by Anna-Claire Bevan
Guatemala Relief Map
by Blake Nelson
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July guide to culture
and upcoming events
7 DATEBOOK HIGHLIGHT
Food Festival in July
by Anna Morgan
12 From the Editor
Vet Q & A
8 Advertiser Index
ON THE COVER
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FROM THE EDITOR
A pageant like no other commands our
attention this month as young indig-
nous women from across Guatemala
trek to Coban and compete for the title of
Rabin Ajau-Daughter of the King.
Featuring some 80 contestants proudly
dressed in regal traje, it's among the most
spectacular events of the Mayan world.
Thor Janson attended last year's corona-
tion; his words and emotive photos are this
month's cover feature.
This month's Revue also recognizes the
20th anniversary of the GOD'S CHILD
Project, which is changing lives dramatically
in Guatemala and internationally. Congrat-
ulations to Patrick Atkinson and your big-
hearted staff and volunteers.
From the nation's capital, Anna-Claire
Bevan takes us on a tour of Paseo de La Sex-
ta, where a total makeover has transformed
gritty Sexta Avenida into a popular, pedestri-
an-friendly destination. While visiting Gua-
temala City, be sure to see the massive Relief
Map-an amazingly precise scale model of
Guatemala designed in 1905.
Destinations in the Western Highlands
are featured this month, including a sprawl-
ing theme-park resort and an eco-tourism site
founded by ex-guerillas. For a primer on the
history and top sites of Quetzaltenango, hop
aboard Tranvia de los Altos, a locomotive-like
bus that circulates throughout the No. 2 city.
July 25 is a holiday in La Antigua Gua-
temala and several other cities that embrace
Santiago (St. James) as their patron saint.
Check out the DateBook for other events
and activities on the calendar this month.
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Maya Princess Rabin Ajau
Daughter of the King
Cobdn's annual festival includes a spectacular traditional pageant
t was a cool July afternoon and the
cheepy cheepy (misting rain) was re-
freshing the land when we arrived in
Coban, the capital of Alta Verapaz
Department. The last week in July is when
Cobin celebrates its annual festival with
parades, rodeos, expositions, fairs and one
of the most wonderful cultural events in the
entire Mayan world: the coronation of the
"Rabin Ajau," the Daughter of the King.
Nearly 80 beautiful Maya girls from all
over the country, each dressed in the most
spectacularly gorgeous traditional ceremo-
nial costumes, compete for the title. First
they had to be elected as local princesses by
their communities during the year. It is a
"beauty" contest but the focus is on spiritual
beauty, oratory and cultural knowledge. Ad-
ditional criteria include grace, charm, car-
riage, sincerity, intelligence and knowledge
The pageant was scheduled to begin at 7
p.m. in the large gymnasium at the INJUD
Sports Complex. As the hour approached,
the dignitaries and guests began to arrive,
including the governor of Cobin and his
Sivaya girls Trom all over ine country _l
each dressed in gorgeous traditional
ceremonial costumes compete for the title. During the pageant there
are pyrotechnic shows. Last year a visiting dignitary representing the
Apache Nation from New Mexico performed one of their sacred dances.
Floating across the stage dressed in formal tribal regalia and crowned with a
spectacular eagle-feather war bonnet, Gregory"Apache" G6mez came whirling and skipping.
entourage, cultural representatives from all
over the country, families and friends of the
girls, and a handful of tourists and other in-
terested parties from Guatemala City.
After setting up my photographic equip-
ment, I was milling about behind the gym
when two buses brimming with vivacious
Maya girls arrived. They were in high spir-
its and it was heartwarming to see young
women from all over the nation getting
along like old friends after only a few days
together during preliminary activities. I
clicked off a few shots as they emerged from
the buses and followed them into the huge
hall, by now full of expectant guests.
The place was abuzz: People were drinking
excellent local coffee, chatting and eating
chuchitos and cambray-corn packets, one
savory with a tomato and meat filling, the
other sweet and often flavored with anis.
Finally the master of ceremonies, a Maya
gentleman dressed in suit and tie, took
the stage and officially welcomed all pres-
ent. This took some time as he individually
welcomed all the dignitaries. Before I could
hide, the spotlight was on me-someone
had given him my name and I had to take a
bow. Actually, I appreciated the honor and
felt even more welcomed. The event felt like
a big family party.
ON WITH THE SHOW
Each girl's presentation included saying
prayers, which is usually accompanied with
offerings of incense, flowers and other cer-
emonial objects. "To the Heart of Heaven
and to the Heart of the Earth," they chanted.
They also had to introduce themselves, tell a
little about their hometowns and offer greet-
ings from their people to all those present.
All the while, six judges were taking
notes as they prepared to select 10 finalists.
Hour after hour went by as every girl gave it
her best effort-it was a completely magical
Early on I had made my personal selection:
a stunning young lady from San Pedro la
Contestants from last year's Rabin Ajau. The focus of the pageant is on spiritual beauty, oratory and
cultural knowledge. Additional criteria include grace, charm, carriage, sincerity and intelligence.
Laguna, Solold by the name of Nancy Gra-
ciela Gonzilez Cortez. She had a certain
aristocratic and regal bearing that I found
irresistible. Dressed in traditional blue upon
blue, her costume was simple but elegant.
The whole combination made her truly ap-
pear as I imagine a Maya princess would.
It was almost 1 a.m. before the judges made
their decision and the emcee read off the
names of the 10 finalists, accompanied by
cheers from the crowd and squeals of joy
from the girls. It was no surprise that Nancy
made the short list. The others included
princesses from the departments of Sololk,
El Quiche, Quetzaltenango, Huehuetenan-
go, Chimaltenango and Alta Verapaz.
After a brief intermission came a special sur-
prise: A visiting dignitary representing the
Apache Nation from New Mexico and the
Indigenous Institute of the Americas per-
formed one of their sacred dances.
Floating across the stage dressed in for-
mal tribal regalia and crowned with a spec-
tacular eagle-feather war bonnet, Gregory
"Apache" G6mez came whirling and skip-
ping; from time to time he would freeze,
slowly looking around, to finally sound his
sacred whistle. The enrapt audience sol-
emnly followed his every move. With a fi-
nal great war cry, Apache G6mez exited the
stage as the people roared their approval.
Now each finalist was given one more op-
portunity to display her knowledge of sacred
ceremonies and prayers. On top of this the
contestants were asked a series of questions
by the judges and had to talk about an issue,
such as global warming, for which they were
not prepared. Most of these girls were com-
ing straight from their villages and farms. We
can imagine that most of them were not used
to staying up all night-even some of the
dignitaries were dozing off and on.
Finally, around 3 a.m. the panel of judges
entered into deliberation. And the delib-
eration was quite heated. On and on they
discussed all the fine points contiued on page 104
Community Service by Hannah Wallace Bowman
20 years of
Malnourished kids are
among the many who benefit
Guatemala has one of the high-
est rates of malnutrition in Latin
America, with 45 percent of chil-
dren under the age of 5 suffering from this
chronic and life-threatening illness. When
Jose Alberto arrived at Casa Jackson, an
emergency recovery center for infants suf-
fering from acute malnutrition, he was the
physical embodiment of this sad truth.
Aged 1 year and weighing only 13
pounds, Jose was referred to the clinic for
treatment at a local hospital. As his story
unraveled it seemed that he had come from
a single-parent household where, after being
abandoned by her husband, his mother had
been unable to cope with raising the four
children with whom she had been left.
When Jose was initially admitted to the
program, located just outside La Antigua
Guatemala, he displayed signs of severe
neglect and was a withdrawn and morose
character, rarely laughing or crying. Yet,
very quickly, he became one of the most
energetic and animated babies the staff had
ever seen come through the program. As he
gained weight he was nicknamed "Gordi-
to" by the nurses, and under their supervi-
sion he learned to crawl, take his first steps
and then walk.
Volunteer Melanie H. with a child recovering from
malnutrition. Photo RayConway
One of several life-changing programs es-
tablished by the GOD'S CHILD Project,
Casa Jackson (Jackson House) provides in-
house and outpatient care to hundreds of
at-risk children every year. Although its im-
mediate priority is to rehabilitate its patients
in the short term, one of its fundamental
goals is to address the underlying causes of
poverty and implement sustainable change
By working with the families and coach-
ing them on the issues of nutrition and hy-
giene, and providing financial assistance or
improved housing where necessary, the aim
is that the child will be able to return home
as soon as possible with a relatively low risk
Unfortunately, in the case of Jose, his mother
was unwilling or unable to take him back.
Eventually, a judge made the difficult decision
that Jose be placed into continued n page 44
People & Projects byAstridBarrios
Compafiero en Salud
Changing lives through surgery
Since 2004 the NGO Compafiero en
Salud (CENS) has been providing sur-
gical and health services to needy villag-
ers in rural Guatemala. Our mission includes
acting as a bridge between foreign surgeons
and the Guatemalan patients. National and
international doctors, nurses and medical per-
sonnel have helped more than 40,000 patients
(75% of them women and children) by per-
forming more than 6,000 surgeries and hold-
ing more than 60 medical missions.
Through CENS' work we have increased
the quality of life for rural villagers and have
helped them become healthy and produc-
tive individuals in their communities.
We conduct monthly surgical missions,
treating more than 100 patients for tumors,
hernias, burns, cleft lip and cleft palate, and
pelvic cancer, among other conditions. We
also provide patients with informative con-
ferences and emotional support prior to be-
Additionally, CENS has edited a marvel-
ous book, ISTMO, which contains beauti-
ful photographs of the most outstanding
scenes in Central America. Proceeds from
book sales will benefit CENS.
Among future projects, Companero
en Salud wishes to expand its facilities at
Albergue San Gabriel, in San Juan Sacate-
pdquez, to accommodate more patients in a
more comfortable setting.
We need volunteers to translate (Eng-
lish-Spanish) during medical missions and
to help with financial support, publicity,
sales promotions for the ISTMO book, a
speakers bureau and cultural activities. 01
Contact us at +(502) 2363-4317 or quieroayudar@
companeroensalud.org. For more information
Sacred Animals and
Exotic TroDical Plants bvy Dr. Nicholas M. Hellmuth
The Sacred Red Bean
But not from a vine, from a tree - the Palo de Pito
T he palo de pito tree is commonly
found throughout the Highlands
of Guatemala. It produces a bright
red bean, which is used for divination by
Maya shamans. The book of Popol Vuh is
very clear about the red beans from this tree
being used by the gods when they created
the world for humans and animals.
The tree is easy to propagate; all you need
to do is put one of its strong twigs in the
ground and it will soon grow roots at its base
and leaves on top. Within a year, you will
have a nice tree with attractive red flowers.
The flowers are pretty and edible, but don't
eat the beans-they are toxic! You can also use
the green buds of the leaves as a tea to induce
sleep, but don't experiment by yourself. Find a
local person with experience to provide recipes
and explain which parts to eat.
Legend says the wood from this tree was
used to create a species of pseudo-humans
during one of the early Maya creations. To-
day it is used to carve statues of Maxim6n
(see Revue feature, June 2011).
Many tourist shops throughout Guate-
mala offer necklaces and other jewelry made
from these red beans. Cuidado, be careful! Re-
member, they are poisonous. U.S. Customs
will confiscate any jewelry made from them.
Refer to the World Agroforestry Centre,
where you can find many articles on various
species of palo de pito and contued page74
TRAVEL by Matt Bokor
Narrated by Blanca Ruth Rios, the tour begins with historic sites bordering Quetzaltenango's Central Park
All Aboard the Xela Express
Train-like tour hits Highland highlights
Wan th so many cultural, culinary
Sand spiritual destinations in
V and around Quetzaltenango,
visitors can enjoy a leisurely sampling of the
areas most interesting attractions simply by
boarding a street-wise locomotive.
Suited to travelers' time-challenged sched-
ules, Tranvia de los Altos shuttles visitors to
significant sites in Guatemala's second-largest
city (commonly known as Xela, from the
Mayan Xelajd) in two-hour tours.
Conveniently answering a tourist's ques-
tions of where to go and what to see, Tran-
via starts in Central Park with a brief history
of the country and city.
Narrated by Tranvia general manager
Blanca Ruth Rios, the tour begins with his-
toric sites bordering the park, such as the
Metropolitan Cathedral (dating to 1535),
the cultural center and the nation's first pri-
A few blocks away lies the historic Teatro
Municipal, built with Italian design in 1895
and a Greco-Roman facade added in 1905.
The circuit continues past the historic
railroad station (now a museum of typical
dress and photography) and offers a stop at
the city cemetery and its array of elaborately
designed mausoleums. The interred include
two former presidents and Vanushka, a
young Gypsy circus performer who, accord-
ing to legend, died of a broken heart and
whose spirit helps lovers.
Another stop takes visitors to the restau-
rant/caf6 Chocolate de Dofia Pancha, where
guests can make their own chocolate from
raw cacao beans.
Itineraries can also be tailor-made for spe-
cial occasions, special interests and groups,
such as business visitors, students or families.
For more information, call 7765-5342
or visit wwww.tranviadelosaltos.com
For Quetzaltenango and the Highlands travel information,
package tours and more visit www.adrenalinatours.com
or your local travel and tour operator.
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Fri., through Fri., 22 - ART: La Anti-
gua y sus Tradiciones by William Santos.
Sal6n temporal, Museo Capuchinas, 2a av.
norte, 2a calle oriented, corner, LaAntigua.
2 Sat., 10am-12pm - (Spanish) ARTE
TERAPIA PARA NINOS: Impartido
por la expert en el tema, Mayari Hernin-
dez. En este taller utilizaremos tu expresi6n
artistic para conocerte mejor y descubrir
tu potential a nivel creative y personal. No
necesitas tener conocimiento previo de arte.
Contaris con materials de arte y un am-
biente de seguridad, confianza, no juicio y
descubrir lo mejor de ti. Reserva tu espa-
cio al 2361-8088. Q75, incluye materials
y parqueo. Museo Ixchel, 6a calle final, z.
10, Guatemala City.
Every child is an artist. The problem is
how to remain an artist once we grow up.
2 Sat., 11am - ART: Inauguration of
the exposition Artesania Antigiiena en
Madera. Monumento de Santa Clara, 2a
av. norte, LaAntigua.
2 Sat., 11am - (Spanish) TEATRO
INFANTIL: La Luna y el Sol, El se-
for Maiz, nos cuenta c6mo fue creada la
tierra cubierta con las montafas, plants y
animals de muchas species, los gemelos
iluminan el cielo por primera vez, trans-
formindose en luna y sol. Entrada libre.
Cooperaci6n Espafola (tel: 7932-3838), 6a
av. norte between 3a & 4a calle poniente,
2 Sat., through Aug. 1 - ART: La Antigua Galeria de Arte presents more than 40 of
the latest works by Guatemalan artist Doniel Espinoza. Most of his works reflect a
strong sense of magical realism and a hint of surrealism. La Antigua Galeria de Arte (tel:
7832-2124), 4a calle oriented #15, LaAntivua. V
3 Sun., 10, 17, 14 and 31, 11am & 4pm - (Spanish) THEATER FOR KIDS: Imag-
inaMar, the new musical adventure for the whole family written by John Tartaglia,
chronicles the underwater adventures of three fish friends who discover a treasure map.
The Spanish version is produced by Fundaci6n Paiz and presented as part of the XI Festi-
val Internacional de Cultura Paiz. For more information visit www.fundacionpaiz.org.gt
Tickets Q60 at todoticket.com or at the door. Museo de Los Nifios (tel: 2464-4545 ext.
4552), 5a calle 10-0, z. 13, Guatemala City. A
4Mon., through Thurs., 28 - ART:
Obra Sobre Papel, drawings, watercol-
ors and collages by Mois&s Barrios. El At-
tico (tel: 2368-0853), 4a av. 15-45, z. 14,
Guatemala Citv. V
5 Tues., 4pm - (English) LECTURE:
Jade and Chocolate, ancient Mesoameri-
can trade routes by archaeologist Mary Lou
Ridinger. Jades, S.A., 4a calle oriented #34,
Plas sumi you DAEO entr fo th AUG.
5Tues., 5:30pm - (English) TALK:
ArtCorps (www.artcorp.org) uses art to
promote social change and has inspired and
educated people across Central America to
improve their communities through music,
parades, documentaries, radio shows, silk-
screen and other media. Donation Q25.
Rainbow Caf6 (tel: 7832-1919), 7a av. sur
#8, La Antigua.
7Thurs., 7pm - PHOTO CLUB: Meets
the first Thursday of every month with
photo talks and workshops as well as photo
contests in color, black and white and digital
categories. Visit www.clubfotograficoanti-
gua.com or Facebook.com/ClubFotografi-
coAntigua. Restaurant El Sabor del Tiem-
po (tel: 7832-0516), Calle del Arco and 3a
calle poniente, LaAntigua.
7Thurs., 8pm - MUSIC: Jorge Sarmien-
tos y el Impresionismo Frances. More in-
formation www.alianzafrancesa.org.gt Sala
Efrain Recinos, Centro Cultural Miguel
Angel Asturias, Teatro Nacional, z. 1, Gua-
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8Fri., through Sun., 31 - ART: Sem-
blanzas de Guatemala. Convento Capu-
chinas, 2a av. norte, 2a calle oriented, corner,
8Fri., 6:30pm through July 29 -
ART: Inauguration of Erase Una Vez
by artist Mayra Fernindez. Cocktail.
Vessica Galeria de Arte, 3a av. 7-35, z. 1,
Fri., 8pm - MUSIC: Videoclip launch
of Na'ik Madera Chambeadoras with
invited artists. Trovajazz (tel: 4647-4146),
via 6 3-55, z. 4, Guatemala City. v
9 Sat., 6:30pm - PHOTOGRAPHY:
Inauguration of work by members of
the Club Fotogrifico de Guatemala. Casa
Noj, Galeria Rafael Mora, 7a calle 12-12, z.
9 Sat., 7pm - ART: Inauguration of
Canones, Cipulas, Pilas y Campanas by
Cesar Fortuny. Free. Cocktail. El Sitio (tel:
7832-3037), LaAntifua. V
9 Sat., 9am - PARADE: Carriages
with Miss Antigua contestants travel
through the streets, LaAntigua.
9 Sat., 10am-11pm and Sun., 10, 10am-
5pm - ART: Todos 4rte features 10
gallery spaces, 30 architects, 150 musi-
cians and hundreds of artists incorporating
music, movies, art, dance and all kinds of
communication and artistic expressions of
the 21st century. Free. More info and other
events at: www.todos4arte.com Cant6n Ex-
posici6n, z. 4, Guatemala City. v
9Sat., 10am-1:30pm - (Spanish)
TALLER PARA NINOS: Titetres de
S ' y Pies, cada participate construiri
un titere de varillas, donde sus propios pies
seran los del personaje. Cooperaci6n Espa-
fiola (tel: 7932-3838), 6a av. norte entire 3a
& 4a calle poniente, La Antigua.
"Mujer del Samurai" by Paloma Navares, part
of the Otros Paramos exhibit at Cooperaci6n
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Saturdays- 7-9pm: Malcolm Oakley sings
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Mondays- 7pm: Chris Jarnach, classic
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Tuesday - 7pm: Chris Jarnach, classic
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Thursday - 7pm: Chris Jarnach, classic
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Friday - 7pm: Flamenco by Marco El Messina.
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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.
1 Tues., 5:30 - (English) TALK:
12- Oxlajuj B'atz' (Thirteen Threads),
an NGO guided by the principles of har-
mony, democracy and sustainability, helps
Maya women artisans improve their qual-
ity of life. Learn how the group empow-
ers women and inspires change. Donation
Q25. Rainbow Caf6 (tel: 7832-1919), 7a av.
sur #8, LaAntigua.
1 Wed., 5pm - ART: Marie-Noelle
. Fontan, through botany and plants
the artist harmonizes material, color and
form. Mes6n Panza Verde (tel: 7832-2925),
5a av sur #19, LaAntigua. V
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los Antiguos Mayas en Naachtin. Galeria de
Arte Alianza Francesa, 5a calle 10-55, z. 13,
Finca La Aurora, Guatemala City.
S Fri., 5:30pm - MAYAN DANC-
1 ES: Performed by indigenous chil-
dren from Nuevo Amanecer K'a k'a' Saqa-
rik - Nuevo Amenecer or New Dawn, a
charity dedicated to helping more than 30
indigenous children in San Andr&s Itzapa.
Donation Q25. Rainbow Caf6 (tel: 7832-
1919), 7a av. sur #8, LaAntigua.
1 4 Thurs., 6:30, through Aug. 5 -
4--EMBROIDERY: Fundaci6n G&T
Continental presents Bellezay Colorido Gua-
temalteco, by Academia de Bordado Arte en
Lana de Sandra Mencarelli de Paredes and
students. Vestibulo Banco G&T Continen-
tal, 6a av. 9-08, z. 9, Guatemala City. v
1 5Fri., 7pm - PHOTO EXHIBI-
TION: Annual exposition of the best
photos by members of the Club Fotogrifico
de Antigua. Free. Palacio de los Capitanes
Generales, La Antigua.
SSat., 8am-6pm - ART: I Pho-
I, Jtographic Congress of the Club
Fotografico de Antigua, an entire day of
workshops, technical support, advice and
more for photography lovers. Special pric-
es (members & nonmembers) for work-
shops. Visit www.clubfotograficoantigua.
com Palacio de los Capitanes Generales,
1 6Sat., 7pm - MUSIC: VIVOras
.6Jen La Antigua, by Skalda2, inter-
preting reggae, punk rock, pop and surf,
among other genres. Q60, includes 1 hour
of parking at Hotel Camino Real. El Sitio
(tel: 7832-3037), LaAntigua. V
1 Sat., through Aug. 28 - VISU-
6I.UAL ARTS: Otros Paramos by artist
Paloma Navares (Spain), showing differ-
ent worlds of women through video, pho-
tography, installations, small objects and
collages. Cooperaci6n Espanola (tel: 7932-
3838), 6a av. norte between 3a & 4a calle
poniente, La Antigua.
1 Sun, 10:30am-4pm - FOOD FES-
I/TIVAL: The Festival Gastrondmico
features 85 food vendors serving local and
regional favorites. Cultural Center C&sar
Brafias, 5 calle, LaAntigua. See related ar-
ticle on page 68.
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1 / dio Maratdn Las Rosas, the 30th an-
nual half-marathon (21km) is open to the
public. Entrance fee of Q75 can be paid at
any branch of the race's sponsor Banco Ag-
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vides poor families working in the Gua-
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program that incorporates healthy living,
academics, creativity and fun for students
young and old. Donation Q25. Rainbow
Caf6 (tel: 7832-1919), LaAntigua.
2 fWed., 2-6pm - DANCE: Folk
U dance festival. Centro Cultural
CUsar Brafas, 5a calle poniente #44, La
2 OWed., 4pm - (English) LEC-
0VTURE: Cosmologia Maya: Un-
derstanding 2012 (also includes Izapa) by
archaeologist Mary Lou Ridinger. Jades,
S.A., 4a calle oriented #34, LaAntigua.
21 Thurs., 4pm & 30 Sat., 1pm -
2-,1BENEFIT DANCE: The Nifos de
San Antonio Aguas Calientes dance and
play the marimba, flutes and bombas. Do-
nations benefit educational pursuits. Free.
La Pefa de Sol Latino (tel: 7882-4468), 5a
calle poniente #15-C, LaAntigua.
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21 hours , 7:30pm through Sun.,
2131 - ART: Inauguration of Amor
Contempordneo2, exposition and sale of
works by Guatemalan contemporary and
emerging artists. Museo Ixchel, 6a calle fi-
nal, z. 10, Guatemala City. v
23 Sat., 6pm through Sat., 30 -
ZJART: CDFYT Collage La Fe en la
Tradicion. Palacio del Ayuntamiento, Cen-
tral Park, La Antigua.
2 Sat., 11am - (Spanish) TEATRO
INFANTIL: Las Sorpresas de una
biblioteca, Pollito Pito por confusion piensa
que el cielo se va a caer, y decide ir a contarle
al rey, en el camino se encuentra con various
de sus amigos y encuentran juntos una so-
luci6n. Cooperaci6n Espafola (tel: 7932-
3838), 6a av. norte, LaAntigua.
2 3Sat., 6:30pm -ART: Inauguration
23Iof latest works by Antonio Barrios.
Casa Noj, Galeria Adrian Inds Chaivez, 7a
calle 12-12, z. 1, Quetzaltenango.
2 Sat., 7pm - (Spanish) THE-
3JATER: Los Mondlogos de la Vagina.
Q70, incluye 1 hora de parqueo en Hotel
Camino Real. El Sitio (tel: 7832-3037), 5a
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2 5Mon., 4pm - PROCESSION:
SSantiago Ap6stol, patron saint of
La Antigua, comes out of the cathedral and
travels through the streets, LaAntigua.
STues., 5:30pm - (English) TALK:
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Esperanza, which partners with over 2,600
students and their families to break the cycle
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Guatemala City. v
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programs. El Sitio (tel: 7832-3037), 5a calle
poniente #15, LaAntigua. V
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Paseo de La Sexta, Zone 1
Restoration brings new life to an old district
Last year, the municipality of Gua-
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billboards and congested traffic.
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After encouraging various businesses such
as Pollo Campero and McDonald's to invest
in the project, the municipality has trans-
formed the crowded mess into a vibrant av-
enue-safe for pedestrians to wander down.
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ing dozens of street vendors who used to
clutter the sidewalks, selling pirated DVDs
and designer knock-offs. They then spent
a year cleaning (and widening) the pave-
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and is mainly pedestrian-only with just the
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through. Regularly patrolled by uniformed
police officers on bicycles, it's once again a
safe haven for Guatemalans to shop, social-
ize in coffee shops and admire the public art
that adorns each side of the walkway.
The avenue has fast become a popular
venue both day and night. Some city dwell-
ers have even described the transforma-
tion as "another world" and say the radical
changes have injected life into the capital
and given the people access to a cleaner and
safer place to visit.
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ments, a small number of locals lament the
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ident smile of the second floor-would end
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Shelter, an anti-human trafficking depart-
ment (ITEMP) and Atkinson Clinics.
Providing services in several countries,
the GOD'S CHILD Project cares for and
educates 5,000 orphaned, abandoned and
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widowed, abandoned and single mothers
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Incidents of Travel byEric Mencher
and Matt (r) meet up after 35 years (
Y ears ago in the infancy of my pho-
tojournalism career, after I com-
plained yet one more time about a
dropped credit line under one of my artful,
award-winning photos (or so I had naively
thought), an editor once told me that only
mothers and other journalists read credit
lines and mastheads. I can't vouch for the
mother part, but I'll bet my Leica that cred-
it gazing is still a habit among journalists.
So I was sitting on my hotel balcony in San
Marcos La Laguna, thumbing through the
first few pages of the Revue Magazine, and
even the three majestic volcanoes across
Lake Atitlin couldn't distract me from the
Could there be more than one journalist
in the world named Matt Bokor? The same
Matt Bokor who was the editor of The Ora-
cle, the student newspaper at the University
of South Florida in Tampa where I got my
start as a photojournalist? The same Matt
Bokor who had put up with my sort of
sophomoric rants about the lack of respect
in the world for photography? If it were the
same dude, would he even want to hear
from me after 35 years?
For once I actually appreciated the ease of
finding old friends on Facebook, because
two months later, there I stood with Matt
(and my lovely wife Kass), sipping free
drinks in La Antigua Guatemala at Oce-
lot's first-anniversary party (journalists like
free drinks almost as much we like looking
at credits), talking about old times, old girl-
friends and much, much more.
Even after 35 years, I felt an immediate
connection with Matt, and didn't even
consider reviving my old mantra of "you
ran my picture too small and you didn't
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Musician Profile byMattBokor
Like thousands of his New Orleans
neighbors, blues piano player and
singer Nelson Lunding was uprooted
by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
"There was eight feet of water in the street,
three feet of water in the house, cars were un-
derwater... my neighborhood didn't exist,"
Lunding recalls. "People became insane, an-
gry, heartbroken-including myself."
After more than a decade of performing
in New Orleans with some off seasons in
San Francisco, Lunding watched helplessly
as the remnants of his life "turned to cheese"
amid mold and mud.
With nothing to lose, Lunding accepted
an invitation from a Mexican guitarist-
friend to perform in beachfront Playa del
Carmen, just south of Cancdn.
"I came down and realized I could travel
and make my way as a musician. I used the
Yucatin as a springboard to get down here,"
says Lunding, 38, who started on the piano
at age 6 in his hometown of Yonkers, N.Y.
By 2009, Lunding was playing a cir-
cuit that included Playa del Carmen,
Oaxaca and Lake Atitlin, which led to
La Antigua and introductions to John, of
Caf6 No Sd, and Bruce, of Mes6n Panza
Verde. "They really opened doors for me
and put me to work."
Lunding is now a fixture at La Cueva de
Panza Verde, Caf6 No Se, Ocelot and Reil-
ly's 2000, with occasional gigs elsewhere.
He has a CD of his piano music recorded
live on an 1890s Steinway piano.
In the case of this musical talent, New Or-
leans' loss is Antigua's gain. "I've been here 15
months, and I like it," Lunding says. lit
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so named for its magenta skin and creamy,
red fruit inside.
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DATEBOOK HIGHLIGHT byAnna-Claire Bevan
Food Festival in July
2nd Annual Sacatepdquez Festival Gastrondmico
C ulinary fiends beware! Prepare
your taste buds and tummy for a
feasting, as July 17 is La Antigua
Guatemala's annual Festival Gastron6mico
in celebration of its patron saint, Santiago
Ap6stol (St. James the Apostle).
The event, which runs from 10:30 a.m.
to approximately 4 p.m., takes place at The
Cultural Center CUsar Branias on 5a calle
with some 85 food stands serving a variety
of regional cuisine.
From mole to chinchivir, the festival
aims to promote the region's local dishes
and revive some of its oldest recipes.
As well as tasty platters available from
families and individual cooks in Antigua
and surrounding villages, local school-
children will also be cooking some of their
With prizes for the best dishes judged by
professional chefs, the competition is set to
The food selling and sampling will be ac-
companied by marimba music, and whether
you want to get involved in the cooking side
or just the tasting side, admission to the
event is free.
El Festival Gastron6mico is supported by
La Muni de Antigua, CAT, INGUAT and
INTECAP and will take place alongside the
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musician. Using expensive cookware
doesn't mean you're a chef. And from Jim
Mclean's perspective, operating an espresso
machine doesn't qualify you as a barista.
"It's amazing the number of machines
in Antigua-it's the training to use it that's
critical," says Mclean, owner of the Refuge
Coffee Bar in La Antigua Guatemala.
Originally from southern Alabama,
Mclean started his barista career in Kansas
City in 2002. "From there, I was hungry to
learn," so he prevailed upon his boss to let
him attend a coffee conference and training
in Portland, Oregon.
Training in Los Angeles and Atlanta fol-
lowed. Mclean and his wife took a road trip
from Seattle (birthplace of Starbucks) to
Portland and another throughout California,
solely to check out cafes. "I like to go into
cafes, try their drinks and rate and analyze."
In addition to sheer enjoyment of coffee,
Mclean is hooked on the cozy, caf6 setting:
"It's the idea of a third space between work
and home where you can go. I'd rather be
out and about than sitting in my house."
Although he had considered opening
a caf6 in Kansas City, a holiday trip to his
wife's home country of Guatemala persuaded
him otherwise. In February 2010, the Refuge
opened at 6 calle oriented #10a. "We felt like
this was the place to start it." 3
It's bizarre that the produce manager The most remarkable thing about my mother
is more important to my children's health is that for thirty years she served the family
than the pediatrician. nothing but leftovers. The original meal has
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by Elizabeth Bell
St. James' Day?
The tradition dates to 1543 when
the conquistadors named the com-
munity Santiago de Guatemala
(St. James of Guatemala) after the apostle
who was the conquerors' patron saint and
is the patron saint of Spain today. His feast
day is July 25.
Celebrations in what is now La Antigua
Guatemala have been exciting over the cen-
turies, but the fiesta has come to life in re-
cent years with events throughout July!
As late as the early 1980s, celebrations in-
cluded a July 25th Mass at the Cathedral of
St. Joseph with a small procession headed
by the mayor of Antigua, a marimba (and
sometimes disco) concert in Central Park
and a school parade. Through our efforts,
we created a "Semana de Santiago," which
has grown into a month-long celebration
with the participation of just about every
cultural, educational and sports group in
town. Alas, time for a fiesta!
Although celebrations begin early in July,
the big day is July 25. Highlights include a
7 a.m. Mass at the cathedral, followed by the
8 a.m. school parade, which this year focuses
on "Yo Vivo Mi Ciudad," Antigua's program
of cultural identity, manners and customs.
This magnificent show of schoolchildren and
bands parades throughout the streets of Anti-
gua, finishing up at 12:30 p.m.
At 4 p.m. the marimba concert in Central
Park showcases seven marimbas from all
over the country, followed by the 7 p.m.
concerts with a wide range of music. Don't
forget the fireworks!
Banks and many businesses will be closed
on July 25 so plan accordingly.
For more information contact public
relations at City Hall (Sergio Ortiz is very
helpful) or visit www.munideantigua.com.
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related trees. While university and govern-
ment websites provide technical information,
other sites tend to make non-proven claims,
for instance, on subjects including the hal-
lucinogenic and aphrodisiac properties of the
palo de pito.
Scientific name: Raphael Girard is one of
the early users of Erythrina codallodeIdueo, as
the scientific name for palo de pito. All sub-
sequent translators of the Popol Vuh have
used Erythrina coIdIlode:IuIou, seemingly not
checking with botanists. Today botanists use
the name Erythrina berteroana for the species
in Guatemala. Erythrinapoeppigiana is prima-
rily in South America. Erythrina herteroana is
one species mentioned in Chiapas, Mexico.
One goal of the FLAAR research on plants
and animals of the Mayan world is to suggest
which topics are good for thesis or disserta-
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an interesting tree. I hope this article and our
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ReliefMap is a 3-D wonder in the capital
Once upon a time a man made a
map. Accompanied by a donkey,
he traveled around Guatemala,
took measurements of the country and then
returned to the capital to scale up.
That man was engineer Francisco Vela,
and with the help of his assistant, Clau-
dio Urrutia, in 1905 he designed a three-
dimensional cement map-the only one of
its kind in the entire world. Drawn almost
perfectly to scale (in relation to the original
geography of the country) the Relief Map is
an exact reproduction of Guatemala.
It features volcanoes, mountains, towns,
roads, ports and rivers-one of which even
boasts running water. With the country's
borders clearly marked and both the Pacific
and Caribbean shown in blue, the model
also incorporates Belize-since the Carib-
bean nation once belonged to Guatemala.
In recent years a number of petrol towers
have also been added to the map to ensure
it keeps up to date with the country's de-
Located in Minerva Park in Guatemala
City's zone 2, the Relief Map is hugely pa-
triotic, paying homage to Guatemala and its
culture in a multitude of ways. The concrete
railing around the perimeter of the model
is intricately designed with six medallions,
each displaying a different symbol of Gua-
temala, from its national bird (the quetzal)
to its national tree (the ceiba).
Even the small forest that surrounds the
attraction consists of more than 100 hor-
migo trees, the wood of which is used in the
construction of the marimba-Guatemala's
national musical instrument. Known as the
"Sonorous Forest," the trees were planted to
commemorate the country's marimba players
and composers, many of whom are named
on plaques within the forest.
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Side view of Vela's Relief Map shows the actual elevations of the entire country. An observation booth
can be seen on the left. The small forest surrounding the attraction consists of over 100 hormigo trees,
the wood of which is used in the construction of the marimba-Guatemala's national musical instrument.
From the two observation towers posi-
tioned on either side of Vela's creation, you
can appreciate the diverse geographical re-
ality of Guatemala. The complex level of
detail is not only apparent in the naming
of the country's 22 departments, but also
in the hundreds of smaller pueblos that are
represented. The exact pinpointing of the
country's altitude, latitude and longitude
along with the accuracy of the model-
1:10,000km horizontal and 1:2,000km ver-
tical-is an astonishing act of engineering
that allows you to gain a bird's-eye view of
Having been praised as one of the "Won-
ders of Guatemala," the 1,800-square-foot
structure is a popular attraction in the cap-
ital. As you enter the site you are greeted
with a monument showing the engineers
measuring landscapes with a manually op-
This unique open-air exhibition is now
considered national heritage due to its ar-
tistic and historical value. Upon leaving you
will be wondering how on earth Francisco
Vela could have achieved such a feat with-
out a computer. His creation, Guatemala
City's Relief Map, is a 3-D spectacular and
is, hands down, the country's foremost top-
ographical guide. 4o
Located at Hip6dromo del Norte, zone 2
Monument commemorating the engineers Close-up of map showing labels with information
TRAVEL by Blake Nelson
Plenty of entertainment at IRTRA, Xetulul and Xocomil
The first thing you'll notice at the
resort are the peacocks. Male and
female, big and small, it's like No-
ah's Ark hit ground in the Highlands and
covered the place with more birds than Ire-
land has sheep, strutting around like Fred-
die Mercury at Wembley.
A short bus ride out of Quetzaltenango
takes you to IRTRA, a sprawling resort that
stands out like a colony on the moon. The
school I work for paid for a weekend retreat
with the entire faculty, and we enjoyed our
break from students by strolling through
colonial courtyards (with peacocks), bowl-
ing at the private alley (near peacocks), and
playing tennis (they have yet to train pea-
cocks to retrieve your equipment).
There are two major waterslides near the
pools, each slide is accompanied by lifeguards
who don't like it when you go down them at-
tached to three other people. When chastised
for doing just that, I realized that saying No
puedo hablar espanol undermined my case.
More fun lies just a few blocks away in the
form of two theme parks: Xetulul and Xo-
comil. The latter is a water park with all the
bells and whistles: Relax in their lazy river, hit
a few volleyballs and then swirl down a mas-
sive bowl. When waiting at the top of one of
those super-steep speed slides, I suggest wait-
ing for your ride-mates to start first so you
can make all the Star Wars noises you want
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Xetulul is divided into several country-
themed sections. Want to admire the Trevi
Fountain? Head to the Italian water ride.
Need carnival games in the Moulin Rouge?
Hang a right at Versailles. Dreamed about
watching a live jaguar prowl the base of a
full-color replica of Tikal's Jaguar Temple?
Done and done.
If you like roller coasters, you've come to the
right place. After strapping in and swing-
ing upside down, you'll wish that you had
waited until afterward for that plateful of
The entrance fees at the theme parks are
reasonable-about $20-and they regularly
offer promotions to different areas of Gua-
temala in the form of Q10 entrances, so be-
friend a local with tickets to spare. IRTRA
itself is a bit pricier (Q500 a night is as cheap
as it gets) but the same offerings would be
considerably more expensive Stateside.
The "real" Guatemala this isn't, but if you
need a break from Spanish school or your
visiting parents aren't quite ready for dormi-
tory hostels, you really will feel like you're
on Noah's Ark-if the ark were a cruise
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der way in Santiago Atitlan to en-
ance tourist attractions, historic
landmarks, infrastructure and the overall
image of one of Guatemala's most distinc-
Among the sites are the Santiago Ap6s-
tol Church, one of the oldest churches in
Central America, dating back to 1547, and
Chutinamit, ancient home of the Tz'utujil
whose residents were displaced by mud-
slides from Tropical Storm Agatha in 2010.
Working on the improvements are the
municipality of Santiago Atitlan, CAT (Com-
mittee of Self-Managing Tourism), Prosol
(Canada), Andalucia (Spain), the Peace Corps
(USA) and many others. Projects include:
Floating docks and piers: Two big
docks and a pier are being built.
Visitor center: Including Politur offices,
tourist information, restrooms, displays,
etc. Construction hopefully will be finished
by November 2011.
Playa Piiblica Park: Transforming the
washing area into a public park for the town.
Central Park: Under way by the mu-
Security: 7,000 neighbors participate
monthly in the town's security group. The
Politur office is under way.
House-painting project: 220 houses
facing the lake are being painted; projected
completion by January 2012.
Further work to enhance tourism, involving
guides, artisans, boaters, street transportation
and much more, is also being carried out, as
is work to repair and improve cultural trea-
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A mural on the side wall of the dormitory gives a
short history of the war.
Side view of the main building where you
The calm (and coffee) after the storm: Santa Anita La Unidn
Rebels are on the move in Libya,
Egyptians are overhauling their con-
titution and Tunisians unseated a
multi-decade dictator, but reading about it
in Guatemala's relative tranquility makes it
easy to forget that the same turmoil engulfed
Guatemala not long ago. A history of the 36-
year civil war and what has changed since the
1996 Peace Accords has been exhaustively
covered in articles and books. But to receive
first-hand accounts from those who were
there, a few chicken bus rides can put some
faces on the statistics.
A little less than two hours outside of
Quetzaltenango, Santa Anita La Uni6n is
a fair-trade coffee finca and eco-tourism
site founded by a group of 35 ex-guerillas.
They've transformed land they camped on
during the war into a growing commu-
nity, boasting schoolhouses and basketball
courts. Local women will take you on a hik-
ing tour that offers stunning views, a (very
cold) waterfall and demonstrations on how
to harvest and roast the beans.
One of the main services offered is a con-
ference with an ex-combatant, and we sat
down with a man named Mauricio in the
main room of the dormitory. Our rooms
had originally been home to the guerillas
when they first arrived, and their ghosts
filled the walls as he talked about the state
of the finca today, problems in Guatemala,
and what daily life was like on the run from
the army. We peppered him with questions,
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