Guatemala 34 Years On

Chun K’in, Lacandón Elder, at Najá, 1992.


Boy and Dogs, Najá, 1992.

I visited Guatemala for the first time in the spring of 1978. I went to visit a professor of mine from UC Santa Cruz, Victor Perera, who was born in Guatemala and wrote several books about it. Victor, who was a dear friend and has since passed on, and I traveled around the country and then proceeded to meet up with my friend Steve Harper to take a group of people to meet Chun Kin, a Lacandón elder living in the forest. We continued on to float down the Usumacinta River, a wild rainforest river that forms the border between Guatemala and Mexico. In Guatemala, we traveled with representatives of a United Nations health organization, evaluating conditions in migrant labor camps. We also visited several villages around Lake Atitlán, including San Pedro, Santiago, and San Lucas Tolimán. I was back in Guatemala, along the border, several times again (1988-92), but I’ve only recently been looking through the photos, like these, from these trips. 

Old Man in the Market, Santiago Atitlán, 1978.


Woman in the Market, Santiago Atitlán, 1978.

  1. Tom Horne November 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm #


  2. Don November 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    Thanks, Mr. Tom–Let’s do coffee this week?

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