.
 
.  
.
.
SearchDiscussion GroupGuestbookFeedback
Who We AreQuienes SomosOur Projects
LinksExhibitionsWhat's NewSpanish Classes
LINKS TO PAGES
.
I prefer not to spend my time looking for good links so I have just listed a few sites which for one reason or another I find especially wonderful. At the bottom of the page is a list of sites which have really good lists of links on topics which might be of interest to people visiting this site. Links for more sites and sources of Guatemala textiles are in the Textile section. If you find a link which no longer works, please email me so I can correct it.
.
Guatemala & Maya
   
  The site MujeresMayasEnArte is a excellent collection of Maya paintings about the lives of  Maya Women. The collection has been assembled by Rita Moran, who teaches English as a second language to immigrant women and men, in honor of her mother Helen Moran. The painting at right by Paula Nicho Cumes is entitled "Cruzando Fronteras" [crossing borders].
   
  La Neta Neta is an online magazine in Spanish about the positive contributions to the US of immigrants from Central America. It is part of the new generation of magazines that are well designed to be viewed on a computer or Ipad. This type of publication will be the future of magazines and newspapers.

Rara vez vemos que se destaque de forma positiva a las y los centroamericanos en los Estados Unidos, a menudo ignorándose nuestras importantes contribuciones a la sociedad. Para ayudar a romper esos estereotipos es que fue creada la LaNetaNeta. Como comunidad diversa hemos echado raíces en los Estados Unidos a través de varias generaciones sin olvidarnos de nuestra cultura, orígenes rurales y nuestras tradiciones ancestrales. Somos parte crucial del tejido social de la sociedad estadounidense

   
  Start Local has a very good list of sites containing information about the ancient Maya.
   
  The Maya Ruins website has brief information about the history of the major Maya ruins. It also has information about visiting each site including such things as cost, accessibility, hours and what dangers (if any) you should be aware of in visiting the site.
   
  In the section The Rise and Fall of the Maya Empire, History.com has excellent on-line videos, photos, and information about the ancient Maya. There is also a section on the Aztecs.
   
  The Lords of Atitlán is a website with photos and text by Bill Muirhead. "The natural splendor of Lake Atitlán and its environs has inspired Aldous Huxley and others to declare it “the most beautiful lake in the world.” Yet it is the region’s inhabitants, their custom, color, and ceremony, and their astounding character and correctness which grace Lake Atitlán with a beauty beyond the reach of Becoming. I don’t know if what Huxley said is true. Certainly claims can be made for Lake Como or Lake Geneva. I myself, an Illinois farm boy, remain tied to my own Lake Michigan. But what I think makes his claim irrefutable is the rich cultural diversity of the many villages and hamlets that rim the lake and dot the mountainsides surrounding it. The real beauty and grandeur of Lake Atitlán is its people, the Maya Kaqchiquel, Tzutujil, and, through later migrations and colonizations, the Quiché."
   
  MiMundo is undoubtedly the best and most complete site of photographs of Guatemala.
   
  Aluna Joy Yaxk'in, a spiritual teacher, has written many articles about the Maya calendar on her website. She runs a spiritual center, Center of the Sun, in Sedona Arizona and conducts sacred site spiritual pilgrimages.
.  
  Mahiya Norton, an Australian woman who studied at Casa Rosario Spanish School, has been one of the driving forces behind their program to pay for schooling for poor Maya children. She is now working on another program in one of the poorest towns around the lake, San Pablo la Laguna, and she needs volunteers. It is a program which will provide ovens for the Maya women. This will give them a healthier cooking environment, and at the same time it will cut down on the amount of wood needed for cooking. You can learn more at her website Friends of Australia and New Zealand and to volunteer contact Mahiya directly at:
.  
  Indigena Imports is the best source for the most beautiful, highest quality traditional Maya traje available in the United States. If you want the finest,  Indigena Imports is the one. They also carry contemporary style clothes for the western market which are made of hand woven Maya fabrics.
.
Endangered Threads Documentaries has produced their first DVD narrated by textile expert Margot Blum Schevill about the Maya weavers of Guatemala. Unlike most documentaries on weavers which concentrate on a few weavers, this one has footage of and commentary by many weavers from different communities. See also: sources and books  in the Textiles section
.
Guatemalan women suffering from spousal abuse have no recourse because the police and Guatemala courts refuse to help them or hear their cases, and worse still return them to the abuser. Rodi Alvarado fled Guatemala to the United States after ten years of abuse, certain that her husband would kill her. The United States immigration service has refused to grant her asylum arguing that it would open the floodgates. The Case of Rodi Alvarado has been taken on by the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings, in hopes of obtaining asylum for her and changing the attitude of Guatemala towards the problem.
.
  The Arte y Literatura de Guatemala website lists and has biographies of the best know writers and poets of Guatemala. Nobel prize winner Miguel Angel Asturias is shown in the photo to the right. There is a separate homepage for Guatemala's artists. Juan Carlos Escobedo Mendoza who created this site, also has an excellent site on the Popul Vuh, the Maya creation story and one of the few Maya texts to have escaped being destroyed in the first centuries after the Conquest. Both sites are in Spanish as I write this (05/23/06), with the goal of being translated into English.
.  
Richard Morgan runs a very nice small inn, Los Encuentros Lodge, in Panajachel. Richard is a very interesting and well informed person. He had written a highly praised (Rough Guide to Guatemala & REVUE) book about the eco-cultural dimensions of the Lake Atitlán region. He has also done more than anyone else in the area to encourage the Tz'utuhil Maya artists. He is friends with all of them, so if you want to know more about these artists, this would be a wonderful place to stay.
.
I used to save images of Guatemala postcards until I found Guatemalan Postcard Photographers which has done a much better job than I have time to do.
.
Project Guatemala: The National Folk Festival website has exceedingly beautiful photographs of the traditional Mayan masked dances. This project can use help in preserving and promoting this important part of Guatemala's cultural heritage. 
.
Sacred Road has a website devoted to Mayan spirituality. The article on Chichicastenango by the Mayan ajq'ij [Mayan priest] Manuel Pan Ju Lux
is exceptional.
.
. Arte Maya of course thinks that San Pedro la Laguna is the best place in Guatemala to study Spanish and highly recommend Casa Rosario Spanish School. The scene at right is the view from one of the cabañas in the garden where most students choose to study.
.

A list of the best Spanish Language Schools in Guatemala. David Unger has put this list together.
.
Pueblo a Pueblo has a project to reconstruct the hospital in Santiago Atitlán which was a casualty of the violence in the 1980's. If you want to know more about it or to help go to their website. [Note, 10/05: The hospital had just been reopened when a mudslide covered the aldea [small village suburb] of Santiago Atitlan where it was. The residents of the aldea, perhaps more than 1000,  were buried by the slide. The hospital was covered up to fifteen feet deep with mud. It is not sure if it will be structurally sound if it is dug out. One room with some of the most expensive equipment was spared.]
.
NISGUA, the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala, is an organization of people in the United States to assist in defending human rights of the people of Guatemala, especially the Indigenous Mayan population. (For many years, especially during the early 1980's, the Government of Guatemala with the help of US funds was waging war on much of the Indigenous Mayan population.) It publishes four times a year "The Report on Guatemala" the BEST English language publication on the current situation in Guatemala.
.
Mayan Epigraphic Database Project is an outstanding website about Mayan glyphs and the writing system of the ancient Mayan texts. This is a very exciting site, because it is only in the last few decades that we have begun to been able to read the ancient Mayan texts. The project supports a good list of websites of interest to Mayanists
.
  Native Languages of the Americas is a small non-profit organization dedicated to the survival of American Indian languages. I quote their description of their website: "Our website is not beautiful. Probably, it never will be. But this site has inner beauty, for it is, or will be, a compendium of online materials about more than 800 indigenous languages of the Western Hemisphere and the people that speak them."
   
Todd Fry, an anthropologist, has some very beautiful photographs of the Maya in the Yucatan on his website in the Visual Artist section.
.
Lifetime projects of longtime friends
.
The Diggers Archive is an incredible site and resource about the San Francisco Diggers who during the Summer of Love inspired many people through their actions, activities and philosophy. I don't think it would be stretching things to say that among the good things to come out of the summer of love were a strong interest in indigenous cultures, ecology and of course creating peace on our planet rather than war.  It includes such sections as the Kaliflower Commune and their ideas on doing things for free.
.
The Planet Drum Foundation's promotes a bioregional, ecological approach to dealing with the problems of our planet. Their Eco Ecuador section documents how they are working with one town in Ecuador who decided to become ecologically sustainable. 
.
The No Penny Opera promotes free theater in San Francisco, a tradition started by the Angels of Light.
.
Art related
.
  Porkopolis is a delightfully serious and funny site devoted to pigs, especially paintings of pigs. Miguel Angel Sunu is one of the Tz'utuhil Maya artists featured on the site.
.  
Amit May Fine Arts is a resource for people of all backgrounds and nationalities to view, appreciate and acquire contemporary art from diverse cultures.
.
The Savy Collector has paintings by Tz'utuhil Mayan artists from Santiago Atitlán as well as fine art, southwest art and Native American art.
.
Links to links lists
.
  Some sites which maintain lists of links on related themes:
.
Other related sites:
  • Amazon sells the childrens book, "Trouble Dolls: A Guatemalan Legend"  illustrated by Tz'utuhil artist Diego Isaias Hernandez and written by Suzanne Simons.
  • Vincent Heptig wrote a book called A Mayan Struggle.
  • A page about the human rights struggle in Santiago Atitlán
  • Bear's Lair a personal website with much information about the ancient Southwest Indian cultures, especially the Anasazi.
.
.
LINKS TO PAGES
SearchDiscussion GroupGuestbookFeedback
Who We AreQuienes SomosOur Projects
LinksExhibitionsWhat's NewSpanish Classes

To contact us write: Arte Maya Tz'utuhil, P.O. Box 40391, San Francisco, CA 94140.  Telephone: (415) 282-7654. I will be away from Thursday August 15 until Saturday August 23. Email me at

All paintings and photographs 12345Copyright © 1988–2013 Arte Maya Tz'utuhil
Todas pinturas y fotografías son
Derechos Reservados © 1988–2013 Arte Maya Tz'utuhil