“Our work may seem simple however years of systematic impoverishment and misinformation is causing the young generations to link their being poor with Mayan culture. More and more we see young people who distance themselves from recognizing our own cultural practices and languages. This has everything to do with a society and a written version of history that has misrepresented us to be backwards and illiterate.”
Colectivo Vida Digna in Guatemala is starting a research project on Mayan spirituality so that the information will be passed down to the younger generation. They will consult with several elders and then create essays and oral presentations based on the elder’s ancestral wisdom. This is a great opportunity for the Mayan youth to gain a better understanding and appreciation of their heritage and culture.