Guatemalan

The Pre-Hispanic Art of Guatemalan Textiles

La Antigua Guatemala is home to a trove of treasures; amongst which the elaborate weavings found in stores or sold by street vendors (along with an infinity of other interesting knickknacks) stand out. Indigenous women weavers still use the traditional backstrap loom that requires the weaver to sit or kneel down in a particular position...

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Na’ik Madera takes the rhythm to the South

Na’ik Madera is a group that’s as unique as each of its members. This group of proudly Guatemalan women – who are artists, musicians, and visionaries – was founded in 2003 with the sole aim of promoting equal rights for women and generating social awareness through songs whose rhythms are irresistible and which lead...

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The Women of ‘Ixcanul’

María Telón Roj María Telón Roj de Pío has spent most of her 43 years working. After being widowed, the responsibility of keeping her household going was what kept her from giving up. She’s a bit of an odd bird in a population that can be very critical and very hard on people who...

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Hunting Party

Hunting Party – the first feature-length film from director Chris Kummerfeldt – has been released. The Guatemalan filmmaker, a graduate of the Vancouver Film School, is not a cinematic newcomer; with his first short film, Cambio de Oficio, he won the Jury Prize at the Ícaro International Film Festival. Now with Hunting Party (a...

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Agents of Change

ALEJANDRA BARILLAS Alejandra Barillas was Miss Guatemala 2010-11. She is a translator, image consultant, publicist, and entrepreneur. Find her on Instagram as @MissGuatemala11.   What does being Guatemalan mean to you? Being Guatemalan is a blessing! Being born, growing up, and learning so much in a country as rich as ours is a joy....

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Zunil

This small town, not far from Xela, was founded in 1529. A traditional highland farming community, you’ll find life in Zunil hasn’t changed much over the centuries. The city boasts a beautiful white church with a façade of graceful serpentine columns. The church is the backdrop to Monday’s market, which is held in the...

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Learn Spanish & Create Change with Cambio Spanish School!

Cambio Spanish School is an entirely nonprofit Spanish school that provides high-quality Spanish instruction and donates 100% of its proceeds to the projects of the NGO Niños de Guatemala. All classes are one-on-one, either in-person or online through Skype, with Guatemalan teachers who have at least ten years of teaching experience. Cambio’s model –...

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Zunil

This small town not far from Xela was founded in 1529. A traditional highland farming community, you’ll find life in Zunil hasn’t changed much over the centuries. The city boasts a beautiful white church with a façade of graceful serpentine columns. The church is the backdrop to Monday’s market, which is held in the...

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Que Pasa’s Guatemalan Coffee & Chocolate Guide

  To watch the Guatemalan Coffee & Chocolate Guide click on the link below: Guatemalan Coffee & Chocolate Guide by Que Pasa   What’s in a Cup of Guatemalan Joe? The imprint of the Guatemalan people and its land are in each cup. Painstaking labor and passion for excellence characterize this exceptional coffee. Coffee...

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Hike for Water

“We are doing these hikes because it’s what many Guatemalans do to collect water. We’re doing them because we want to help others understand what Guatemalans have to do everyday. And still, even after hiking for hours, they end up with dirty water. We offer a sustainable solution to that problem.” – Sam Snyder,...

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