Honoring Our Elders: Snapshots from Christmas in Sololá, Guatemala.


4 Responses to “Honoring Our Elders: Snapshots from Christmas in Sololá, Guatemala.”

  1. killdevil says:

    I feel compelled to point out that Sololá is hard by Lake Atitlan, which is one of the most beautiful and internationally touristy places in Guatemala. As such it’s quite prosperous and bustling as K’iche Maya communities go. What motivated the selection of Sololá as a target for these aid efforts, given how much more in need of assistance are some of the further-flung highland towns?

    I spent a couple of months in Guatemala last summer and was struck by the degree to which aid workers tended to end up in close proximity to resort destinations, or (somewhat less egregiously) to metropolitan centers like Xela. Evangelical mission groups wearing matching t-shirts were by far the worst offenders in this vein, but running across NGO workers in more attractive and less impoverished locales turned out to be a central motif of my trip…

  2. towtansua says:

    cool! i’m an evangelical, and this is where we line up 100%. we try our best to not let the same thing happen here in montana.

    • Xeni Jardin says:

      Right on, towtansua. The organization is not a religious organization, and it’s worth noting that participants in the pueblo reflect the variety of faiths of that community: traditional Mayan beliefs, Catholics, and evangelicals. It’s been pretty amazing to see the people there come together in ways they had not before.

  3. Elvis Pelt says:

    Wow. Thanks for this. Mad props to all the good work you’re doing down there.

    Always good to hear about the better side in people.

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