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Protecting the Past
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17 DATEBOOK HIGHLIGHT
International Dance Festival
18 IN THE GARDEN byS.C.Johnson
Night and Day
20 ZEN SQUARED byDwight WayneCoop
The Zen of Bed size and Monarchs
21 PEOPLE & PROJECTS
22 FLASHBACK by oyHouston photos: Jack Houston
Echoes of Fine Colonial Homes
24 DATEBOOK June
Guide to culture and upcoming events
42 SHORT STORY by Kathy Torpie
46 HOLISTIC THOUGHTS byDr. Karmen Guevara
To Be Appreciated
76 LANGUAGE by Guillermo Zuleta
Chapin Spanish Lesson
86 BORDER CROSSING byMichaelSherer
Marcia Sis Garcia, 1982-2010
98 Atitlin byMarioBeaulieu
102 Atitlin bylvdnCastro
104 Xela by HarryDiaz
TRAVEL by Matt Bokor
106 The Caves of Actun Kan
110 El Remate
128 SPORTS by William Lynch
Teen Sports Club
33 Guatemala City
52 La Antigua
98 Lake Atitlan
107 Monterrico/Pacific Coast
111 Coban /Tecpan
112 El Peten
113 Rio Dulce
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Richard Hansen, director of the
Mirador Basin Project, in front
of an archeological excavation going on at
El Mirador. His interview by Joy Houston
includes some historical perspective and
some future plans for this critically impor-
tant region of Guatemala.
Matt Bokor takes us on two quick side
trips: tranquil El 7emate and the mysteri-
ous Caves of (4ctfn Kan.
We have more great photos from some
excellent photographers including Ivin Cas-
tro, Mario Beaulieu and Harry Diaz.
Making learning fun describes our two
Spanish lessons. Guillermo Zuleta asks the
question (and gives the answers) in How
well do you know Chapin Spanish? Dwight
Wayne Coop treats us to a new installment
of the missed-by-many series The Zen of.
Fun and informative are the buzzwords
for our columnists: Oliver Thornwhistle,
Elizabeth Bell and Karmen Guevara.
Plenty to do on the cultural front, just
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be sure to attend the Third Annual World
Archeological Convention starting June 18.
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Artists's composite rendition of El Mirador, 300 B.C.-150 A.D. (National Geographic)
Protecting the Past for the Future
Threatened by years ofabuse and neglect, the
Mirador Basin needs help and it needs it now.
T he 400-year sliver of history be-
tween the biblical Old and New
Testaments, sometimes errone-
ously called the 'silent years',
packed Planet Earth with progress. Alexan-
der the Great studied at the feet of Aristotle
and, zealous to unite the world under Greek
culture, conquered his way east and then
south through Palestine to found Alexandria
in Egypt before his death at age 33 in 323
B.C. Meanwhile, Persian culture was spread-
ing, and the Roman Empire was revving up.
On the other side of the world, the ancient
Maya were doing urban development with
monuments and buildings more than 200
feet high sporting ornately carved facades.
They studied science like the Greeks, built
pyramids on a par with the Egyptians and
roads like the Romans, to last 1,000 years.
They moved construction materials and a
rich economy of corn, squash, beans and ca-
cao over a network of causeways within 820
square miles now known as the Mirador Ba-
sin. "They were an agricultural superpower,"
says Dr. Richard Hansen.
As an archeology student in 1978, Hansen
was invited by Catholic University of Wash-
ington and Brigham Young University to
join investigations for the next five years at
the metropolis of El Mirador in the Mirador
Basin, about 50 miles north of Tikal and
1,000 years older. Hansen then did further
investigations sponsored by the Guatemalan
government and so has studied the area for
some 30 years.
"We've mapped and excavated 51 cities
that were home to perhaps a million Maya
in the basin, with the largest known Mayan
structures in size and scale." A small sam-
ple of script, found chiseled in stone, may
represent the earliest writing of the Maya
world. The causeways measured up to 130
feet wide, 13 feet high, "...and they were
paved!" Hansen adds.
Dr. Hansen with mask on excavated structure
Ongoing archeological excavations may re-
veal much more. The cities of the Mirador
Basin were abandoned about 150 A.D.,
although modest resettlement began 600
years later. Jaguars, monkeys, crocodiles,
turtles and birds with dazzling feathers still
A Senior Scientist at Idaho State Univer-
sity, Hansen also directs the Mirador Basin
Project, with a multi-discipline, archeologi-
cal and environmental team representing
52 universities and research institutions all
over the world.
The Mirador Basin, defined by hills on
three sides, sits on an elevated plateau in
the rainforest that crosses the northernmost
border of Guatemala into Mexico. It's a tri-
angular, tropical wilderness complex within
the block of land known as the Peten that
juts up north into Mexico, "an ecological,
biological and cultural system," explains
Hansen, reducing a complicated subject to
The basin, estimated to be 60 million years
old, has been threatened in the past few
years by neglect and abuse, primarily from
looting, poaching, logging and fires. Loss by
logging has increased dramatically, the trees
cut and the fields burned, then used for
farming. Previous forests now are pastures.
"The swamps were crucial to the ancient
civilization. hey gave them the agricultural
clout to become an economic superpower.
But a magnificent society collapsed due to
abuse of the environment. If you don't pro-
Temple now excavated and stabilized
tect the system, you lose everything. What
we're trying to do now is to save this thing."
How? For starters, lease vs. log, i.e. pay rent
as an alternative to logging to the people
who claim the land. The long-range plan is
to switch to tourism. "There are no villages
in the basin, so no one would have to be
"We're training for tourism," he says, refer-
ring to educational projects underway in
adjacent communities that include ecol-
ogy, health, literacy, reforestation, artisans
and financial management. Locals already
work together with the Mirador Basin
Project teams. Development via tourist in-
frastructure would provide jobs and diffuse
economic resources to population sectors
while protecting the ecological integrity of
the tropical forest and supporting scientific
study and preservation of archeological sites.
Hansen adds, "The real danger to the area
would be roads," which could invite unde-
sirable traffic and intrusion of all kinds. He
envisions a roadless wilderness with a small
train, "like a kiddie train", to carry tourists
for four to five hours from the southwest-
ern edge of the basin to El Mirador, getting
off and on to look at the ancient cities. He
also envisions a five-star eco-lodge devel-
oped by Guatemalan entrepreneurs. "Why
not?" For now, options to visit include hir-
ing a helicopter or taking a three-day hike
on an ancient causeway from Carmelita,
where everything needed, including guides,
mules, tents, hammocks, even cooks, can be
rented. Nearly 3,000 people a year are hik-
ing into the area.
Wild turkeys are commonly seen at El Mirador
Dr. Richard Hansen, Mirador Basin Project director,
discusses location of the region
The devastation of deforestation in the basin
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(NASA, National Geographic)
Archeological work in progress at El Mirador
It's an enormous dream. The Project works
with the Guatemala government, private
foundations and alliances with an impres-
sive list of Guatemala industries who share
the dream; and funding, of course, is crucial
to making it happen. It's not a cash cow yet.
But, as National Geographic summed it up
in October, 1989, "Doing nothing will be
far more costly."
Could El Mirador be Guatemala's Machu
Picchu? It has been a century since that dis-
covery, and today a well-oiled, integrated
Peruvian system brings half a million visi-
tors a year, while strictly staying green. Time
is of the essence. "This is the last gasp," says
Hansen. "If we fail, we lose the whole basin.
I want to preserve it for the future." 0
Photos by FARES Foundation (except as otherwise noted) used by permission.
Dr. Hansen will present the Mirador Basin Project
during the World Mayan Archeology Convention
at Casa Convento Concepci6n, La Antigua, June 18-20. (see page 62)
The Mirador Basin Museum, 15 avenida 18-01, zona 6, interior Finca La Pedrera,
is open Mon-Fri, 9-4; free. 2289-3985.
Also see: www.miradorbasin.com, www.fares-foundation.org, www.pacunam.org
The International Dance Festival An-
tigua Guatemala is a feast of dance
works in a performance shining with
energy and inspiration. The festival's pro-
gram was created to delight, excite, captivate
and entertain an international audience.
Performances of Danceforms' The 51st
International Choreographers' Showcase
will take place at Body Arts in Guatemala
City on June 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. and at
Centro Cultural CUsar Brafias in La An-
tigua Guatemala on June 6 at 7:30 p.m.
The showcase features choreography by Rog-
er C. Jeffrey, who choreographed for gold
medalist Rasta Thomas and performed in the
companies of Twyla Tharp, Zvi Gotheiner,
and with Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak
Dance Project. Dancing with Jeffrey is Ha-
Chi Yu, New York City ballet dancer and
principal dancer for Feld Ballets/NY-Ballet
Tech and the international tour of the Tony
award-winning musical FOSSE.
Loni Landon is a real New York City kid.
She received her training from the High
School of Performing Arts, Dance Theater
of Harlem, The School at Jacob's Pillow,
The Scholarship Program at Hubbard Street
Dance Chicago, and Ballet Divertimento
under Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal. Upon
receiving her bachelor's in fine arts from
The Juilliard School, she was thrilled to be
selected to work with Aszure Barton on the
opening of Baryshnikov Arts Center before
moving to Munich, Germany. In Munich,
Loni joined the Ballet Theater Munich un-
der the direction of Phillip Taylor. Loni got
the opportunity to choreograph for Tanz
Theater Miinchen and was a finalist in The
Hannover International Choreography
competition in 2009. Loni was selected to
show her work for HT Chen's contn page
Olivr Thrnwistl On
Y u have a pretty good idea of what
s going on in your daytime garden,
since every day you can watch the
main attractions. They include humming-
birds and butterflies, lured by the modern
trend of planting hummingbird and butter-
fly "friendly" plants and flowers. Humming-
birds aren't all that picky, hitting on almost
any flower, even if it is just a few feet from
your nose at breakfast.
Butterflies definitely respond to a little
coaxing. So-called butterfly weed, Asclepias
tuberosa, is a weed to be sure, but a milk-
weed, one of the favorites for butterflies. I
was recently shocked when a friend brought
me a commercial pack of butterfly weed
and it worked out to a U.S. nickel a seed.
The real shock came when I found the same
plant growing outside my gate-a weed
indeed. A perennial, butterfly weed makes
a great border, and the kids will delight at
turning up the leaves and finding the tiny
butterfly eggs that are often attached to the
undersides. Wait until they cocoon, and
take them inside to watch one of nature's
miracles unfold. Almost any salvia, or sage,
there are 200 varieties, is a sure-fire butterfly
The Mexican sunflower, Totonia rotundifo-
lia, is another butterfly destination. Although
it is an annual, with some care in harvesting
the seeds it can become perennial.
ut it is at night that the true magic of
1 the garden is revealed. If the daytime,
with orange and black monarch butterflies
and ruby-throated hummingbirds, is mod-
ern Technicolor, a proud British invention
from the 1930s, then the nighttime is an
old-time black and white movie. Moths,
many of them drab when compared to their
showoffbutterfly cousins, flit from flower to
There is beauty and mystery in your garden around the clock
flower, performing the same essential polli-
nation function. Preferred flowers, usually
called this, that or the other alba from the
Latin root word for white, are indeed white
and the easiest for moths to find in the dark.
Sit out on your patio or deck in partial or
full moon light and enjoy the dance.
One of my favorites, and the seed is com-
mercially available, is the appropriately
named moonflower. Curled up tightly
in daytime, this pure white flower unfurls
to become Victoria Station for moths at
night. I was thrilled during one of Guate-
mala's seemingly frequent eclipses to see
my moonflowers welcome the "night" by
unrolling. Moonflowers can be shaped into
bushes, which is a good idea since like any
vine (they are a relative to the morning glo-
ry) they will otherwise soon take over.
Another, which I brought down from a
roadside in Northern Mexico, is the choco-
late vine, which, although again of course
white, smells exactly like chocolate. But it
spread so voraciously that I had to let it go.
There is a danger potentially lurking in your
nighttime garden. The flor huele de noche
tree, literally "flower, smells at night" is se-
ductively covered with highly fragrant white
blossoms that moths love. But it is actually
a jessamyn tree and known to cause asthma
and bronchial and breathing problems. Plant
one for sure, but far from the windows.
Astute readers may notice that I have left
out the firefly. But that's because this fasci-
nating natural LED rates its own treatment
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I Zen squared
by Dwight Wayne Coop
The Zen of
Bed size and Monarchs
Beds and monarchs may sound like an
odd topical juxtaposition until you
recall that we Anglophones order
beds in, among other sizes, king and queen.
Recall also that, outside of Western civiliza-
tion, male monarchs tend to multiply beds
because they also multiply women. And
some female monarchs, even within the
West, even multiplied beds for de facto ha-
rems of men (Austria's Maria Theresa did).
When I was growing up, you could visit a
showroom and encounter camas in three ba-
sic sizes: king, queen and twin. If the store
sold bunk beds, these could be had with
mattresses narrower and shorter than twin.
This latter was what the affable salesmen,
who wore ties back then, called "kidsize."
Reader, it's been decades since I've seen such
a showroom in the Old Country, so write
to me if things have changed. But in Gua-
temala, I've become the seasoned bed buyer,
since my in-laws are numerous enough to
populate a middle-sized Dallas suburb (and
that is just one side of the family). During
Semana Santa, they arrived in droves, so I
made last-minute purchases of mattresses
that would later find work in my sons' bunk
beds. They were what we call twins, and
what Latin Americans call ... oops, I have to
work up to that.
There are two areas of zenniness related to
the Spanish words for monarchs. One is the
presence of irregular forms for the mascu-
line and feminine forms. The other is in the
naming of bed sizes.
Let's start with the monarchs. Most nouns
corresponding to classes of people are sub-
ject to the pattern of ending in -o or -e (for
masculine, as in presidente, curandero) or in
-a (for feminine, as inpresidenta, curandera);
or they have one form for both genders
(victima, modelo, comunista). A few are ir-
regular, such as didcono/diaconesa (deacon/
deaconess). But concerning royalty, the ir-
regularities are rife. Duke and duchess are
at least cognate with duque and duquesa.
King and queen, rey and reina, are a little
zenny, since if reina is queen, you'd expect
king to be reino, but this means kingdom
or (no surprise) reign. The word for princess
is the believable princesa, but prince turns
out to be principe. Emperor is emperador,
reflecting its Latin ancestor, imperator. But
empress is not empresa (which is a business
concern, corporation or proprietorship),
Now to bed sizes. What in English is called
king is often, in Hispanic countries, quin.
This looks like queen, but it is in fact a pid-
gin loan of king into cotnuedon page40
PEOPLE and PROJECTS: CONSTRU CASA byBrianKirkup
volunteers nelping wlrn me construction
of a house in San Juan del Obispo
A ramuly rrom san iviiguel uuenas celeDrating
their new home
Building new lives in Guatemala
Constru Casa was founded in 2004,
and by the end of 2010 we hope
to have built our 400th home. The
houses are basic but effective, consisting of
three rooms, concrete walls, a metal roof, a
concrete floor, a shower and a toilet. The cost
of the house to the family is $875, payable
over a four year period. Participating families
experience a number of benefits including im-
proved health, self-esteem, educational oppor-
tunities for their children and financial status.
Support of the families does not end when
our masons have laid the final brick, or when
one of our volunteers installs the last win-
dow; another important aspect of our work
is in cooperation with local social organiza-
tions. It is the social organizations who rec-
ommend which families urgently need im-
proved housing, and once the construction
has been completed, the family takes part
in a four year follow-up program. This aids
in the development of each family as they
learn responsibility and maintenance of their
home, hygiene, health and childcare.
Our volunteers work with local masons,
and share unforgettable experiences with
Guatemalan families. Constru Casa orga-
nizes tailor-made volunteer packages for
individuals, companies and student groups,
this includes arranging accommodations,
transport and recreational activities.
The number of houses that Constru Casa
can build and lives we can improve depends
on the donations that we receive. The cost of
a complete house is $3,500, which includes
all materials and labor. Every donation con-
tributes 100 percent to the construction of
a new home, so if you would like to donate
a whole house or just a door, we appreciate
Constru Casa organizes free educational
tours to visit the construction sites and fami-
lies that have benefited from a new home.
This is a great opportunity to get a glimpse of
the impact that Constru Casa has on the lives
of our families, while learning about the chal-
lenging housing conditions in Guatemala.
For more information, please visit www.con-
strucasa.org or drop by our office in Antigua
at 4a avenida norte 22-A. Constru Casa is a
Guatemalan foundation and a U.S. 501(c)
(3) registered charitable organization. o
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FLAS H BACK by Joy Houston, photos by Jack Houston
Echoes of Fine
More than beautiful stone mansions, these were
homes ofrealpeople with real lives, joys, and sorrows.
In Michener's Poland (1983), a profes-
sor who clung to life in a concentration
camp pleaded, "Rebuild! Rebuild!" as
"the most important thing to do when this
nightmare ends...an act of faith, an act of
commitment to the future...a testimony to
the greatness we once knew." Proud Poles
passionately rebuilt the historic buildings of
their capital, the 700-year old city that had
been mercilessly reduced to rubble in World
War II bombings, literally picking up the
pieces and putting them back together again
like a puzzle. It took them 12 years. Big
bronze letters set in the sidewalk record that
in 1980 UNESCO added Warsaw, Poland
to its list of World Heritage Sites.
One year earlier, in 1979, UNESCO
added La Antigua Guatemala to the World
Heritage Sites list, recorded on a large,
colorful tile set in the outside wall of City
Hall. This old capital of the Kingdom of
Guatemala met destruction not by the
hand of man but by earthquake in 1773.
Rather than rebuild, the royal order was
"Move! Move!" Some eager, some dragging
their feet, the population relocated to the
New Guatemala, now Guatemala City. It
took some so long to get with the program
that an order in 1777 required that the
town be completely abandoned, destroyed
and leveled to the ground.
Fortunately that never happened, although
private homes as well as public buildings
were stripped to reuse materials in con-
struction of the new capital. Squatters
moved into the leftover shells and recreated
a peaceful life, a dejd vu of the beginnings
of the town.
In 1541 Spanish nobles, driven from
their homes in what is now Ciudad Vieja
by a torrential mudslide, moved within
months to re-establish themselves and their
new capital just three miles away in what
is now La Antigua. Their emergently built
houses undoubtedly had simple thatched
roofs. It took months and years to clear
the necessary permissions from Spain for
almost anything, including materials and
conscripted Indian labor for the houses they
would construct. Besides, even though they
were nobles, many were not wealthy people.
It was primarily an agricultural center, but
in 230 years the capital developed in size
Stability brought prosperity, and hous-
es became mansions, with sophisticated
Roman and Moorish styles the colonists
knew from Spain. Wooden doors and
window shutters were paneled and carved.
Tiles decorated windowsills and foun-
tains. Perpetual repair and rebuilding re-
sulted from repeated ...conuedonpage
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3Thurs., 4:30-6:30pm (English/
Spanish) NETWORKING: The La
Antigua Guatemala Network invites NGOs
established & new to exchange current
information/needs invita a las ONGs
establecidas y nuevas a intercambiar infor-
maci6n y comentar sobre sus necesidades.
See highlight on page 29, La Pefia de Sol
3Thurs., throughJuly 26 -ART: Pasidn
Desenfrenada, enamel and terracotta
pieces by artist Arturo Maldonado Arriola,
organized by Proyecto Cultural El Callej6n
del Fino. Edificio El Centro, 7a av. & 9a
calle, z. 1, Centro Hist6rico, Guatemala
Thurs., 10am- (Spanish) THEATER
CIRCUS for kids 3-12 years:
Restaurante Los Malafachas performed by
Grupo Los Malafachas. El Teatro Escolar
en Antigua (tel: 7831-1176) Asociaci6n
Nuestros Ahijados, road to San Felipe de
3Thurs., 7pm (Spanish) BOOK
PRESENTATION: El Portal de
Wakami, El Viaje de una Estrella written by
Maria Pacheco. Free. Parking Q30. Museo
Ixchel (tel: 2361-8081) 6a calle final z. 10,
Centro Cultural UFM, Guatemala City.
3 Thurs., & Fri., 4th, 7:30pm -
DANCE: The International Dance
,\ 51st International
Arts, 18 calle
14-62, z. 13
See highlight on
4Fri., 7pm PARTY: Desire 2010,
Black e White party to celebrate the
1st anniversary of Elixir Disco. Music by
acclaimed Canadian DJ Mikey Wong.
His sound goes from deep soulful to
dirty, bongin' electro club bombs. Centro
Intercultural (tel: 5344-0474) 4a calle 19-
21, z. 3, Quetzaltenango.
4Fri., 7pm MUSIC & DANCE:
Flamenco: Bulosy Tanguerias, a new way
of presenting Flamenco. Centro Cultural
de Espaia en Guatemala (tel: 2385-9066)
Via 5, 1-23 z. 4, Guatemala City.
5Sat., 12pm ART: Hecho a mano:
poesia y artesania, a full day of
music, poetry and handicrafts. For more
information contact Centro Cultural de
Espaia en Guatemala (tel: 2385-9066) Via
5, 1-23 z. 4, Guatemala City.
Sun., 7:30pm DANCE: The
International Dance Festival Antigua
Guatemala with performances of Dance-
forms' The 51st International Choreographers'
Showcase. Centro Cultural Cesar Braias,
5a calle poniente #44, La Antigua. See
highlight on page 17.
Tues., 5-7pm (English) VIDEO
& DISCUSSION: Democrats Abroad
presents Bioneers on Energy: The Future is
Now with Mary Lou Ridinger. Donation
Q30. Info: John Chudy, tel: 7832-4581 or
email@example.com Panza Verde, 5a av.
sur #19, La Antigua.
Tues., 5:30pm (English) TALK:
Mujer, based in Guatemala City, is
dedicated to the promotion of women's
rights through education and awareness.
Donation Q25. Rainbow Caf6 (tel: 7832-
1919) 7a av. #8, LaAntigua.
Romero latest "
La Antigua. t
Thurs., 5pm (Spanish)
iU CONFERENCE: El Viaje de una
Estrella by Maria Pacheco. Q10. Parqueo
Q30. Museo Ixchel (tel: 2361-8081) 6a
calle final z. 10, Centro Cultural UFM,
1 OThurs., 6:30pm (Spanish) CON-
AUFERENCIA: Cerdmica Maya by
Melanie Fourne. Q30/Q15 estudiantes con
carnet. Parqueo Q16/hora. Museo Popol
Vuh (tel: 2338-7836) 6a calle final, z. 10,
Fri., 3 & 4:30pm: (English)
Ph.D., an experimental psychologist who
combines her knowledge of psychology with
her knowledge of horses.
3pm-4:15: Why Does My Horse Do That?
Dr. Venneman describes how to apply
the principles of learning psychology to
4:30-5:45pm: Mind Games explains how
to better your sports performance through
cognitive re-programming and countercon-
ditioning. Although these talks are aimed
primarily at equestrians, they will be useful to
trainers, educators, and sports competitors in
all fields. Q100 per lecture. For more info. tel:
4092-0045. Club Ecuestre La Ronda, Finca
Azotea, Jocotenango. V
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1 Fri., 8pm MUSIC: Cello and Sat., 1pm CULTURAL
Claviola recital by Ricardo del 1 EVENT: A glimpse at indigenous
Carmen Fortuny. Q60/Q50 students with culture as a Maya sacerdote (priest) presents
carnet. El Sitio (tel: 7832-3037) LaAntigua. an authentic ceremony/ritual. Free. La Pefia
de Sol Latino (tel: 7882-4468), LaAntigua.
1 Sat., through July 11 ART: featuring recent work in oils and acrylics, Con la
LFuerza de Eros, by Chilean artists Gina Intveen and Pilar Rios that draws from
Eros, the Greek god responsible for sexual attraction and love, and the power it conveys;
their interpretation on canvas is playful, colorful and sensual yet charged with the impetus
for life. La Antigua Galeria de Arte (tel: 7832-2124), LaAntirua. v
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The oldest Guatemalan Art Gallery.
Featuring more than 100 artists.
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Gallery & Museum
4a calle oriente #10
Interior Casa Antigua, El Jaul6n
La Antigua Guatemala
See Thursday, June 24 for info on El Colec-
cionista, an art exhibit featuring 25 well-
known artists, at Galeria El Tunel
12 calle 4-65,
in front of Las Ruinas
de Santa Clara
-Wh DEMOCRATS ABROAD PRESENTS
/ June 8 (tue) (English) Video & Discussion: "Bioneers on Energy: The Futureis Now"- by Mary Lou Ridinger
June 22 (tue) Keep Congress Democratic -John Chudy, presenter
Time: 5:00pm to 7:00pm, Q30 donation Place: Mes6n Panza Verde, 5a av. sur #19, La Antigua
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Se A ANTIGUA TOUR: Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat at 9:30am with Elizabeth Bell $20
G Meet at the fountain in the main square
T 0 U V S^i -.II SLIDE SHOW: Tuesdays at 6pm at El Sitio, 5a calle poniente #15 Q30
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THROUGHOUT THE IVMONTH
La Cueva de Panza Verde (tel: 78322925)
5 av. str#19, LaAntigua
Mondays New Orleans Blues with Nelson
Lunding. Piano & vocals.
Wednesdays- Live Jazz Trio; Sax, piano, bass.
Thursdays Buena Vista de Coraz6n; Cuban
Jazz. Conga and vocals by Ignacio.
Fridays Latin Trio; guitar, conga and piano.
Sundays New Orleans Jazz with Nelson
Lunding. Piano & vocals.
La Peia de Sol Latino (tel: 7882-4468)
5a calle poniente #15-C, LaAntigua.
Mondays, 7-10pm Carlos Trujillo,
Classical & Latin Guitar music to complete
your intimate dining experience. Free.
Tuesdays, 7:30pm Ramiro plays Trova
7pm Sol Latino plays Andean music (pan
flutes). Free. V
I believe musicians have a duty,
a responsibility to reach out, to share your
love or pain with others. -James Taylor
Rainbow Cafe (tel: 732-1919)
7aav. sur #8, LaAntigua
Mondays, 7:30pm Don Ramiro will serenade
you with some beautiful Latin folk music. Free.
Tuesdays & Fridays, 7:30pm Sergio, reggae
Wednesdays, 7:30pm Open Mike Night hosted
by Juan-Jo and friends. A complimentary drink for
all performers. Free.
Thursdays, 7:30pm Giiicho will astound
you with his guitar skills and improvisation of
Latino and pop classics.
Saturdays 7:30pm -At.One.Ment. Come
and listen to Luke and his band. You cannot
miss it. Enjoy a few drinks and relax to some
Sundays, 7:30pm La Raiz: Luis, Juan-Jo
& Choko, great improvised classics. Free.
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Fridays, 7:30pm Mark Weinstein's Marco
Trio will perform a variety of jazz, blues &
rock 'n' roll.
Saturdays, 7:30pm La Trova del Lago
featuring Juan Sisay, Carlos Rangel and Noe
The job of the artist is always to
deepen the mystery. -Francis Bacon
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THROUGHOUT THE MONTH
Circus Bar (t: 7762-205)
Avenida de los Arboles, Parajachel
Mondays the fabulous piano master Chris
Jarnach plays jazz and favorite tunes;
Circus Bar Latin Ensemble plays boleros, salsa,
son cubano and other latin rhythms
Tuesdays Nayno Flamenco, Rumba and
Latin Ensemble, Trova del Lago
Wednesdays Nayno, Latin Ensemble
Thursdays, 7:30pm Carlos and Carlitos,
swing and latin rhythms. Trova del Lago, trova
Fridays a fascinating show of Circus Bar
Saturdays Los Vagabundos, hot rhythms in
a fusion of rumba flamenca and Guatemalan
Sundays Latin Ensemble
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Lodging, Dining, Services, Shopping, Medical, Traveltc
4Fri., 7pm PARTY: Desire 2010,
Black & White party to celebrate the
1st anniversary of Elixir Disco. Music by
acclaimed Canadian DJ Mikey Wong.
His sound goes from deep soulful to
dirty, bongin' electro club bombs. Centro
Intercultural (tel: 5344-0474) 4a calle 19-
21, z. 3, Quetzaltenango.
Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission
of feeling the artist has experienced.
Just tell 'em, "Lo vi en la revista REVUE"
3Thurs., 4:30-6:30pm (English/
Spanish) NETWORKING: The La
Antigua Guatemala Network invites NGOs
established & new to exchange current
information/needs. Everyone who wishes to
improve the lives of others in Guatemala is
welcome to attend. Speakers should call Judy
7832-9871 to reserve time and for more info;
Q50 includes beverages & snacks; or call 7882-
4468 at the venue, La Peia de Sol Latino.
La Antigua Guatemala Network invita a
las ONGs establecidas y nuevas a intercambiar
informaci6n y comentar sobre sus necesidades.
Cada persona que desee mejorar las vidas de
otros en Guatemala es bienvenido a asistir.
Los oradores, por favor llamar a Judy 7832-
9871 para reservar espacio y para recibir mis
informaci6n. Q50, incluye bebidas y boquitas.
Tambikn puede llamar al 7882-4468, La Peia
de Sol Latino, LaAntigua.
6a calle poniente #2, La Antigua
Proceeds benefit A.W.A.R.E.
and other Animal Protection programs
,1 Sat., 7pm ART: Inauguration
1 -of Lo Mejor de Guate by Tatiana
Salazar. Free. Cocktail. El Sitio (tel: 7832-
3037) LaAntigua. v
1 Mon., 6:30pm ART: Inaug-
Jluration of Detalles Arquitectdnicos
de La Antigua, watercolors on sepia, open
through Fri., 25th. Free. Parking Q30.
Museo Ixchel (tel: 2361-8081) 6a calle final z.
10, Centro Cultural UFM, Guatemala City.
1 5Tues., 9am-12pm (Spanish)
I.CURSO/TALLER: Diplomado en
Cultivo de Orquideas por el Profesor Hector
A. Castaieda Carrera, Bi6logo-Botinico
especializado en Orquide61ogia en Univers-
idad del Valle (Guatemala), Instituto de Eco-
logia (M6xico) y Cornell University (Estados
Unidos). Duraci6n del curso: 7 meses, 2 clases
mensuales. Se entregard diploma al finalizar.
Cupo limitado para 30 personas. Q50/ins-
cripci6n. Q300/mensuales. Vivero y Cafe La
Escalonia (tel: 7832-7074) 5a av. sur final #
15 Tues., 5:30pm TALK: Friends of
SDeaf Lavosi (Las Voces del Silencio)
is the first school for the hearing impared in
Guatemala. Donation Q25. Rainbow Cafe
(tel: 7832-1919) 7a av. #8, La Antigua.
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S/ Bored, by artist Rocio Sinchez and
dancer Maria Cabeza de Vaca. Tickets
(free) at Centro Cultural de Espaia, Via 5,
1-23, z. 4 & Teatro de Bellas Artes available
on Monday June 14. Teatro Bellas Artes
(tel: 2385-9066) 15 Calle y Avenida Elena,
z 1, Guatemala City.
I7T hurs., FATHER'S DAY: Cel-
/ebrated in Guatemala with special
activities at school and at home.
18 Fri., through Sun., 20, 9am-7pm
-III WORLD MAYAN ARCHE-
Through Time 3,000
Years of Maya History,
with the participation of
ologists from the U.S.,
France, Mexico and Gua-
temala. For more infor-
Casa Convento Concepci6n, 4a calle oriente
1 Sat., 1pm DANCE & MUSIC
, J PRESENTATION: The Nifios
de Aguas Calientes dance and play the
marimba, flutes and bombas. Donations
benefit educational pursuits. Free. La Pefia
de Sol Latino (tel: 7882-4468), LaAntigua.
1 Sat., 7pm -
7, MUSIC: Jazz &
Hip Hop with German
students with carnet.
El Sitio (7832-3037),
"The finest in Latin American
and Caribbean works of art."
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We represent over 100 artists from all
of Latin America, as well as featured
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We also handle estate sales, auctions
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MON FRI: 9:00 to 17:00
SAT: 9:00 to 13:00
6 Calle final zona 10
Universidad Francisco Marroqufn
Tel: (502) 2338-7836, 2338-7837
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Learn about the fascinating
history of the Maya's clothing
Buy Guatemalan handicrafts at
our shop. Shop on line at
Centro Cultural UFM
6ta. Calle Final, Zona 10
Ciudad de Guatemala
Telefaxes: (502) 2361 8081/82
Monday Friday 9:00 to 17:00
Saturday 9:00 to 13:00
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Tues., 5:30 DANCE: Mayan
22 Dances by children from Nuevo
Amanecer. K'a k'a' Saqarik Nuevo
Amanecer (New Dawn) is dedicated to
helping more than 30 indigenous children
in San Andr&s Itzapa in the areas of health,
education and the preservation of their
culture and traditions. Donation Q25.
Rainbow Caf6 (tel: 7832-1919) LaAntigua.
22Tues., 5-7pm (English) TALK:
-Keep Congress Democratic presented
by John Chudy. Donation Q30. Info: John
Chudy, tel: 7832-4581 or mayadems@yahoo.
com PanzaVerde, 5a av.sur #19, LaAntigua.
2 Thurs., 9:30am-6:30pm, Satur-
"days 9:30am-1:30pm ART: El
Coleccionista, featuring 25 works by well-
known artists including Luis Gonzilez
Palma, Moises Barrios, Erwin Guillermo,
Rolando Ixquiac, Wilfreda, Luis Diaz, &
many others. Galeria El Tunel (tel: 2367-
3266) Plaza Obelisco 16 calle 1-01, z. 10,
Guatemala City. (artwork on page 27)
2 Fri., 8pm (Spanish) TEATRO:
.Encuentro en el Parque Peligroso,
dirigido por Jany Campos, producido por
Sofia Botrin e interpretado por Reyna Gu-
tidrrez y Juan Diego Rodriguez. Q60/Q50
estudiantes con carnet. El Sitio (tel: 7832-
* Sat., 10am (Espaiol) CON-
26FERENCIA: Polinizacidn con las
Abejas. Conoce usted como se obtienen los
productos naturales que actualmente usted
consume? Conozca sobre este importante
proceso para la vida de los seres humanos,
que es, como se da y a travys de quienes se
logra el proceso de la polinizaci6n. Confe-
rencista Vicente Arnvalo. Vivero Y Caf6 La
Escalonia (tel: 7832-7074) 5a av. sur final #
-'Sun., 9:45-10:45am FARE-
/WELL RECEPTION: for Pastor
Ginter, Sheryl and family. Holman Hall,
Union Church of Guatemala (tel: 2361-
2037) 12 calle 7-37, z. 9, Plaza Espana,
2 qTues., 5:30pm (English) TALK:
SLife in Guatemala: Brief History and
Current Condition with Sue Patterson, a
former U.S. Consul General in Guatemala
and has served in Chile, Iran and Italy. She
is also the founder of WINGS, an NGO
dedicated to reproductive health and fami-
ly planning. Donation Q25. Rainbow Caf6
(tel: 7832-1919) 7a av. #8, LaAntigua.
2 Wed., HOLIDAY: Army Day.
IIMost banks and businesses closed.
July 1, Thurs. BANK'S EMPLOYEE
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THROUGHOUT THE IVMONTH
A CTIVITY: Atrivete a Probar, Un
-Rdatito en Cada Telar. Q15/hour. For
more information call Museo Ixchel, tel:
2361-8081, Centro Cultural UFM, 6a calle
final, z. 10, Guatemala City.
CLASSES and excursions for individuals
and groups. Indigo Artes Textiles y
Populares, tel: 7888-7487 or 7831-1176.
A RT: Luces en el Tinel featuring art-
st Ingrid Klussman's wardrobe from
1948 to 2010, organized by Galeria El
Tuinel. 16 calle 5-30, z. 1 (tel: 2338-3021)
Calle del Purgatorio, Centro Hist6rico,
uesdays, 6pm (English) SLIDE
ISHOW: Antigua: Behind the Walls by
Elizabeth Bell. Q30 benefits educational
programs. *No show on the 8th. El Sitio
(tel: 7832-3037), LaAntigua.
Tuesday, 3:30-4:30pm (Spanish)
READING CLUB: Mi Primer Club
de Lectura for kids 4 to 6 years old, directed
by Karla Arevalo. Libreria Infantil El Hor-
miguero (tel: 2368-3855) 20 calle 25-96, z.
10, C.C. La Plaza, L15, Guatemala City.
T uesdays, 8pm (Spanish) THE-
SATER: El Hudsped presented by
Aquelare Producciones and directed by
Guillermo Monsanto. Q60. Teatro Dick
Smith IGA (tel: 2411-5555) 9a av. 0-31, z.
4, Guatemala City.
W ednesdays, 3:30-4:30pm -(Span-
V ish) CHESS WORKSHOP FOR
KIDS: Bring your kids and learn about this
interesting game. Libreria Infantil El Hor-
miguero (tel: 2368-3855) 20 calle 25-96 z.
10, C.C. La Plaza, L15, Guatemala City.
W ednesdays, 6pm FILM: Every
week a new movie will be presented.
Centro de Formaci6n de la Cooperaci6n
Espafiola (tel: 7832-1276), LaAntigua.
Thursday, 8:30-11:30am (Span-
ish) WORKSHOP: El Arte de Leer y
Escribir with Lic. Arturo Monterroso. Li-
breria Infantil El Hormiguero (tel: 2368-
3855), 20 calle 25-96, z. 10, C.C. La Plaza,
L15, Guatemala City.
Fridays, 10am-12pm ART: Viernes
de Arte, learn about artists and the work
shown at the museum. Free. Parking Q30.
Museo Ixchel (tel: 2361-8081) 6a calle final z.
10, Centro Cultural UFM, Guatemala City.
ridays, 5-6pm- (English) READING
CLUB, also ask about the NEW BOOK
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aturdays & Sundays, llam-12 noon
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Spanish. So if you want a quin, but are
shown a queen, it is you, not the salesguy,
who is confused. Real queens come in two
sizes: matrimonial (190 cm wide) and semi-
matrimonial (175 cm). Maybe it's just me,
but these labels seem to say: "If you're really
married, or if middle age has given you and
your mate a spare tire, then matrimonial is
for you. But if you're just shacking, go with
"Semi-matrimony" sounds like concubi-
nage. Whatever happens, don't let unscru-
pulous merchants tell you that semi-matri-
monial is matrimonial.
Now our hosts, even though quin is in
their vocabulary (if not in their dictionar-
ies), have no clue to the gender associations
involved here. One Guatemalan friend of
mine speculated that the wanton vandalism
puntos y pix(
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of Quin Con (that would be King Kong),
was rooted in a lovestruck quest for Quin
Cona 'Queen Kong'. But she's already been
found at my house, no less. (But don't
tell Quin Con next time you see him. My
property value could dive).
Now here is the zenniest bed label of all. Twin
size, in Spanish, is imperial. Odd, because
everyone knows that you can be a king nine
times over and still not, perhaps, be an em-
peror. So how did chintzy become imperial?
Here comes my logical, if unlikely, explana-
tion. Emperor Charles V, who once ruled half
of Europe and the Americas, with the Philip-
pines and some African beaches thrown in,
abdicated in 1556 and retired to a life of mo-
nastic privation. This meant having a small
bed, which the other monks came to call la
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out me promise is in tne air, gatnering
in small pools in the creases beneath my
breasts and tickling its way down my belly.
Along the side of the road, a few small
shrubs struggle to remain standing, their
leaves drooping heavily, covered with the
fine dust that is everywhere. Shop owners
toss buckets of water onto the footpath, try-
ing and failing to keep the dust from
entering. The parched hills crackle with un-
controlled bush fires set to clear the almost
vertical corn fields of sharp, dry stalks in
preparation for planting that will come with
raindrops thrust themselves at the hard
dry earth where they leap and dance until
they find a crack, an opening in the earths
parched lips. Everywhere, the land takes
deep greedy gulps, spilling over in puddles
as it does. Leaves, knocked down by the
force of the rain, bounce back up, bobbing
I step away from the shelter of my ve-
randah, arms open wide, head thrown back,
with my mouth open. Spinning in circles, I
join the dance. The rain has come. Another
season. Another harvest. Another chance at
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DanceFestival cont.from page 17
new Choreographer's Showcase in New
York last month and continues to work as a
freelance dancer and choreographer.
Li Chiao-Ping, named by Dance Maga-
zine as one of 25 dance artists to watch,
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Echoes of Colonial Homes cont.from page23
earthquakes, dictating single stories and
In contrast to the 12 years it took the
Poles to rebuild Warsaw, rebuilding in La
Antigua after the move in the late 1770s
did not begin to happen for over a century,
and a half century later more destruction
happened than restoration, all in the course
of modernization. By that time properties
had changed hands, had been subdivided
and redefined by commerce that came to
the town with the coffee industry. Remains
of few homes could be salvaged intact.
Articles in the April, May and June
('06) issues of the Revue provided rare
glimpses inside three restored colonial man-
sions. Several common threads emerge. An
outer wall that protected inner privacy, stone
doorframes and window bases, ridged, hex-
agonal and octagonal medallion windows,
wooden window grills, arches, fountains-
all of these left their prints on La Antigua.
Homes of the colonial era commonly
had a single, large, stone-framed entrance
from the street to the zagudn. It was high
enough for nobles on horseback and often
wide enough for carriages. Some houses
had a second door for business, but in most
a smaller door was cut into the larger one
for servants or others on foot. An entry
arch led to a central patio, surrounded by a
raised corridor off of which were the draw-
ing room along the street side, dining room
opposite and bedrooms along the connect-
ing corridor. Kitchen and servants' quarters
were further back, off a service patio, with
stables and carriage space also at the back
or side of the house. This basic architectural
footprint can be recognized in some cur-
rent commercial establishments which were
homes in the colonial era.
An example is the Hotel Posada Don
Rodrigo, the large home of an apparently
successful businessman in the 17th century,
located on 5a avenida norte in the section
of town that belonged to merchants. Other
neighborhoods belonged to carpenters, oth-
ers to ironworkers, others to potters, etc. In
the 1960s the house was "...rather barren
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Echoes of Colonial Homes cont.from previouspage
and obviously abused by those who have in-
habited it during its long life," wrote Verle
Annis in The Architecture of Antigua Gua-
temala 1543-1773. "This is one of the few
patios which is not filled with ferns, flowers,
vines, trees, colorful birds and the sound of
running water...A few flowers and shrubs...
would completely change the atmosphere."
In 1968 the house was purchased and re-
stored. A visitor today can see the transfor-
mation as well as the typical architectural
footprint. The large, kitchen c~pula may
be seen from the back patio, where the old
washing pila remains.
Sturdily constructed two-part colonial
kitchens, with corner ovens and low arches,
were the greatest survivors. Kitchen chimneys
and cipulas have defied earthquakes for over
four hundred years. The origin of this distinc-
tion of the La Antigua skyline is unclear but
thought to have developed in the town itself.
House #6 on 4a avenida sur had two sto-
ries: business on the first floor, residence on
the second, with kitchens on both. It was
used as a hotel for years and then a presi-
House #12 on 4a calle oriente, now
Doia Luisa Xicotencatl Bakery and Caf-
eteria, had similar construction. The place
is named after the Mexican Indian princess
whose father presented her along with a
dowry of gold to conquistador Don Pedro
de Alvarado, who became governor of the
province. Don Pedro died shortly before
the new town was established, but a presti-
gious property was granted to Doia Luisa
and her daughter, Doia Leonor. The prop-
erty known as Palacio de Doia Leonor, #8
on 4a calle oriente, extended all the way to
3a calle, where a hotel is today.
Doia Leonor became a prominent com-
munity figure. Two of her sons were may-
ors of the town, and the family acquired
other nearby properties. Although nothing
remains of the colonial construction, an el-
egant hotel has opened on the site of Doia
Leonor's residence. "I've made a promise to
the spirit of that great woman," says the cur-
rent owner with a satisfied smile.
A fine home built in 1549, on the west
side of the central plaza opposite the cathe-
dral, became the residence of counts until
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Post 1976 earthquake, now Dofia Luisa's
Wooden window spindles and stone base
Echoes of Colonial Homes cont.from prev. page
1775. The story goes that one of them, furi-
ous upon catching his wife with the butler,
had the butler buried alive. This may have
been confirmed when repairs after the 1976
earthquake uncovered a skeleton standing
upright within the pantry walls! A remain-
ing portion of the house is now occupied by
Casa del Conde bookstore, shops and Caf6
Condesa and Express, with the wide, stone
entrance. The pila is at the rear of the caf6.
B ecause of Guatemala inheritance laws,
ownership increases with the genera-
tions and sales become complicated, one
reason why some remnants of colonial
homes remain abandoned. Peeking through
the window of one of these, where shoulder
high weeds caress an arch, one wonders:
Who lived here? More than beautiful stone
mansions, these were homes of real people
with real lives, joys, sorrows.
Jorge Lujin Muioz writes in Casa Gua-
temalteca (1999): "One of the most illus-
trative ways to understand a society is the
study...of its domestic architecture...In
residential architecture is seen clearly the
constant overlap of past and future."
Fortunately a few citizens, concerned
about destruction by commercialization,
united to have La Antigua Guatemala
named a National Monument in 1944. An-
other wave of community action resulted in
its being declared a Monumental City of the
Americas in 1965, and in 1969 the Congress
formed the National Council for the Protec-
tion of La Antigua Guatemala, forerunners
of the UNESCO designation. Only by the
perseverance of such efforts will the heritage
of fine colonial homes be preserved. 4
The writer thanks CIRMA (Center for Mesoamerican
Research) for competent reference assistance. Its loca-
tion at 5a calle oriente #5 since 1979 has a documented
history as a colonial residence of the 17th century.
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that is left is a compromise. -Robert Fritz
espite my name, Spanish is my
second language. I thought I knew
it well enough, having taken les-
sons and having spent time in Spain, Chile
and Argentina. I thought I could hold a
conversation with any native speaker!
It was my second month working in a bar
in Guatemala; as a bartender I had the op-
portunity to meet a lot of people. Some
came with friends and had little or nothing
to share with the man behind the bar, but
others simply needed someone who would
listen and talk ... and I certainly enjoy both
It was on a Monday night, I remember it
clearly because the place was nearly empty.
This young man sat by the bar drinking beer
and I asked a simple "how is it going?"
I certainly didn't expect to get a free lesson
of what I call Chapinol, it is maybe 50 per-
cent Spanish and 50 percent Chapinismos.
His name was Miguel and he started throw-
ing phrases like: tengo un gran clavo or me
echan el muerto. I simply replied yes and/or
no, but in truth I had no idea what he was
talking about, "I have a big nail" What ???
So, I wrote some of the phrases I heard that
By Guillermo Zuleta
night and asked my Spanish-Chapin speak-
ing friends to help me out.
(Ser) Pura lata: lit-
erally (to be) like a
can; (to be) pure tin.
No, they are not
talking about how
your body looks like
nor is it that your
skin is particularly
hard. The phrase
means that one is
tough or insensi-
tive, and it is used
regularly when one
makes a cruel joke
or makes fun of others. E.g. iNo seaspura
lata con tu amigo! (Don't be cruel to your
Estar colgado (alguien): lit. To be hung
(someone). Somehow it does imply a bit of
pain, not in the neck, but in the heart if the
one with whom one is in love doesn't feel
the same, as it means that someone is in
love. E.g. Manuel estd colgado de Karin.
(Manuel is in love with Karin.)
Ser un huev6n: lit. To be a big egg. Well,
again, not describing the physical appeal,
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rather talking about those who can easily
beat any record, as long as it is about lazi-
ness. This phrase, which is particularly pop-
ular, describes someone who wouldn't work,
study or perform activities that require ac-
tion. I was told that this can be a bit offen-
sive, but that depends on how it is said and,
of course, if the one who says it is familiar
to the lucky one who is described. E.g. iQud
huevdn sos! (How lazy you are!)
Vos no la hac"s: lit. You do not do it?You do
not make it? I am honest here, best as they
tried to explain it, I still don't understand
how that phrase could mean: I cannot be-
lieve what you do. It is not acceptable that you
do that, when they are actually saying that
one doesn't do it. E.g. Vos no la hacds, iya
no tends dinero! (You are crazy! You already
ran out of money! )
Miripues: lit. Look then. Okay, look. I know
this might seem pretty clear, but one starts
to wonder if one has totally understood it
after hearing it over and over. It is some kind
of key phrase to start every second sentence.
I think it is the equivalent to our: so or the
famous you know. In any event, if you hear
it, don't turn your face around trying to see
something, just pay close attention and you
will be fine. E.g. Mird pues, esto es fdcil.
(Okay, look, this is easy.)
Tener un gran clavo: If you hear someone
saying "tengo un gran clavo" (lit. I have a big
nail), don't think they are talking about a
tool that will break some world records, that
expression usually means that someone has
a big problem. Therefore, if the phrase goes:
"no hay clavo, (lit. there is no nail), you will
know that it implies that everything is fine
or that things go well. E.g. Tengo un gran
clavo con mispadres! (I have a big problem
with my parents.)
Echarle el muerto (a alguien): lit. To throw
(to pour?) the dead one (over someone). Thank
God, it has nothing to do with real dead bod-
ies! It simply implies that you, or more con-
veniently someone else, is seen as guilty. It is
very common that someone wants to put the
blame on someone else. In that case, the one
who will not take it would say: a mi no me
echen el muerto. E.g. ;Siempre me echan el
muerto cuando algo sale malt (They always
blame me when things go wrong!)
Ahilallevo: lit. I carry it there. Again, some-
thing similar to "mirdpues, "there is not ac-
tual "it" that you can see, watch or look at.
It is generally used to say things are just fine,
not too good, not too bad. This is a prob-
able reply to questions such as: "iC6mo
estas?" or "CC6mo te va?" (How are you?
How is it going? Respectively) This phrase
has close relatives: "pues ahi voy" (lit. Well,
there I go) or "pues ahi va", (lit. Well, there
it goes) which basically mean the same. E.g.
jCdmo te va Manuel? Pues, ahi la levo.
(How is it going Manuel? Well, I am just
Even though the list goes on and on, there
are concepts that I found too difficult to
understand; others... well, I guess Revue
cannot publish such phrases, but they are re-
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"Painting"with bars of locally-made chocolate
text and photo by Michael Sherer
The recent Primer Festival Gastrondmico
in La Antigua Guatemala centered on
the uses of chocolate, primarily cooking
The highlight of the event however was cre-
ated by Alex Farrar, owner of a local bistro/
art gallery and an excellent artist in his own
right (he won first prize at the Venetian
Masked Ball in February). Farrar appeared
with his easel, rolled up his shirt sleeves and
after unwrapping a few bars of locally-made
chocolate, he began to sketch the figure of a
Maya lady wearing her traditional clothing.
Creating light and shadows? Easy enough
... a few passes of darker variety of choco-
late and then fill in the background with
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... or sacre bleu!A chocolate work of art!
Fernando, a local chocolatier of renown
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the food. He was amazed as were the other
guests with yet another use for chocolate.
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Questions answered on the creation of Spanish colonial towns,
Catholic churches, aldeas, patron saint days and local improvements
W en the Spanish arrived in Gua-
temala in 1524 they found a
Sdisbursed Mayan population
and extremely diverse language groups. Af-
ter the 1540s, to create a "new order in the
New World," the Spanish Crown and the
Catholic Church agreed to construct towns
throughout the country.
This of course would facilitate the reli-
gious orders (Dominicans, Franciscans and
priests from La Merced) in the building of
a church in the center of each town with
which to begin the local conversion process.
(It would also allow for easier taxation.) A
patron saint (or Virgin) was assigned to
each town; to differentiate themselves most
of the Mayan population began wearing lo-
cal dress patterns and styles that have con-
tinued to evolve over the centuries.
La Antigua Guatemala, founded in 1543, is
surrounded by 15 villages or aldeas. In ur-
ban terms, an aldea is part of a municipal-
ity, La Antigua being the municipality.
The aldeas were given specific name places,
for instance San Juan del Obispo (obispo
= bishop referring to Bishop Francisco
Marroquin's residence) and San Juan Gas-
c6n (Gasc6n = the last name of the gentle-
men who received the nearby farm in a land
grant). Both aldeas celebrate St. John's day
on June 24; San Pedro Las Huertas (huerta
= vegetable garden) celebrate St. Peter's day
on June 29, and so forth. Each aldea has
special activities, which always include a
Mass, usually a procession and a lot of fire-
works! Local beauty contests are also a big
Fiesta dates in La Antigua's aldeas:
January 6: San Gaspar Vivar
May 1: San Felipe de Jesus
May 16: Santa Inds del Monte Pulciano
June 24: San Juan del Obispo
June 24: San Juan Gasc6n
June 29: San Pedro las Huertas
July 26: Santa Ana
July 30: San Crist6bal el Bajo
July 30: San Crist6bal el Alto
August 24: San Bartolome Becerra
September 14 & 15: La Guardiania el Hato
September 21: San Mateo Milpas Altas
November 25: Santa Catarina Bobadilla
It appears that the mayor of Antigua, Dr.
Adolfo Vivar, is focusing more on improving
the infrastructure in the aldeas more than
previous mayors; these improvements and
repairs include roads, water drainage, sports
centers and garbage collection. Since the en-
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(less than $10 million), the city must rely on
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There was a small shrine on the side-
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a flickering candle in a tin can, a few
flowers and a smiling photograph of Marcia
with a large black plastic garbage bag made
into a wreath and the typed notice of her
Age 28 and crippled since birth, unable to
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sidewalk on the west side of Central Park
in La Antigua Guatemala every morning.
Bound to her wheelchair and assisted by
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She died recently, set free from her earthly
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The daughter wasn't large or strong enough
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of the passageway, burdened with Marcia
and her wheelchair. I'd hold the top, near
Marcia's head, and her daughter would
catch her feet, as the wheelchair bumped its
way down two steep stone steps. She always
smiled and thanked me.
I never knew they lived that far away. I will
miss her smile. We'd begun to wink at each
other lately, and I found myself stuffing
spare change in her tip jar. I wish I'd bought
one of her sketches, but I didn't know she'd
leave us so quickly. The American Legion
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missing one of Antigua's brightest stars, the
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