Category: Native Americans

5. Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas

Belize The indigenous people in Belize are concentrated mainly in the south and west of the country, in the Corozal, Cayo, Toledo and Orange Walk districts. They are mostly of two main groups. Various Maya groups and the Garifuna who are mostly African in origin but have taken on Cariban language…

4. Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas

Guatemala The territory of modern Guatemala once formed the core of the Maya civilization of the highlands. Most of the country was conquered by the Spanish in the 16th century, becoming part of the vice royalty of New Spain. Guatemala attained independence in 1821 as part of the Federal…

3. Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas

Mexico (Chiapas) Inhabited mostly by a majority Maya populations of the closely related Tzotzil and Tzeltal ethnic groups in the highlands, the Chol of the forests in the north who inhabited the whole Usumacinta River valley in the Mayan Classic period, the Toholabal and…

2. Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas

Mexico (Yucatán Peninsula) The Mayans in the Yucatán Peninsula call themselves simply Maya. Anthropologists and linguists call their language Yucatec Maya. People of Maya ancestry are about 3 million in the Peninsula but only about 1.2 million speak to varying degree the Maya language….

1. Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas

This is the first part of what will become a seven part series about the modern day Maya peoples in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras. Since the arrival of Spanish conquistadors to their lands from the 16th century onward, they have had…

Nature and Charm in Wendake, Québec City

Wendake, Québec City, Quebec, Canada. 5. June, 2017. In one of the suburbs of Québec City in Canada is L’Ancienne-Lorette. Within that burrough can be found the Native American Huron-Wendat First Nation of Wendake with 3,000 members. A well to do but a small…

Ville de Québec – Histoire et Culture

Québec, Quebec, Canada. 5. June, 2017. One wrong decision can sometimes have drastic consequences. Stay inside or go outside. Let’s toss a coin. The Battle of the Plains of Abraham in September 1769 was fought between French and British forces outside the strong walls…

Walk in Beauty in Dinétah, the Navaho IR

Dinétah (Navaho Indian Reservation), Arizona, USA. 23.-24. May, 2017. When entering the Navaho Indian Reservation (Dinétah in the Navaho (Diné bizaad) language) at the picturesque Marble Canyon in Arizona, one meets sale booths with a great variety of locally made hands and crafts, ranging…

Loosing a Hair, Loosing a Culture Or, the Lakota Boy who Lost his Hair

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. 29. May, 2017. This is a true story about a young Oglala Lakota Native American boy I became acquainted with in a grill party on Memorial Day. I met the 12 year old boy by the pool in the back…

The Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca

Puno, Lake Titicaca, Peru. 18. April, 2017. On Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia are located 42 unique islands. These are no ordinary islands as those are man made to float on the lake. Made out of a thick totora reed, which needs to…

Forever young Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada. 17. May, 2017. If you think Las Vegas is just casinos and a playground to do crazy things, well you are probably right. But Las Vegas is more than that. It is also a childlike city that always wants new toys…

Magical Uxmal and Kabah

NahuaYucatán, Mexico. 13. May, 2017. Uxmal and Kabah were two of the largest Maya cities in the Yucatan from 700-1200 CE. Connected by a grand 18 km. long raised pedestrian causaway five meters wide with great monumental arches at each end. Grand roads connected…

The Gorgeous Cenotes of Mexico

Haven’t heard of cenotes? Neither had I but they are gorgeous, and there are plenty to go around, around 7.000 in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. Cenotes are essentially sinkholes or underground caves that are formed when limestone burdocks collapse, leaving a hole in the…

Amazing Tiwanaku

Tiwanaku, Bolivia. 7. April, 2017. Tiwanaku was the ceremonial capital of an empire that thrived in the Andes Mts. around Lake Titicaca from 200-700 AD. Only administrators and leaders lived in the city and directed the daily running of the empire from this place….

The Magic of Chichen Itzá

Chichen Itzá, Yucatán, Mexico. 7. May, 2017. The multicultural Maya city of Chichen Itzá was once the largest city in the Yucatán Peninsula. The name means something like the watery magical hole place, in reference to the sacred cenote nearby. Exhibiting many different cultural…

Sweet Mérida

Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico. 7. May, 2017. Mérida (T’hó or Ichkanzihóo) is the capital of Yucatán state and the largest city of the Yucatán Peninsula. A beautiful city of little more than one million people. Probably the longest continually-occupied city in the Americas, it is…

Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Mexico

Mexico, Mexico. 4. May, 2017. A visit to the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico city is a breathtaking experience. This large museum covers all of pre-Hispanic Mexico in a fascinating way along with matters and concerns in modern times. This museum takes a full…

Huēyi Teōcalli (Templo Mayor)

Mexico, Mexico. 3. May, 2017. One must have an active imagination and previous knowledge of the Aztec (Mexica) capital Tenochtitlán, to recreate in the mind how it’s major temple complexe, Huēyi Teōcalli, called Templo Mayor today, must have looked like in pre-Hispanic times. With…

The Magnificent Teotihuacán

Mexico, Mexico. 2. May, 2017. It had been my childhood dream since I was 14 years old to visit the mysterious ancient city of Teotihuacán in Mexico. Already a ruin when the Nahua-speaking Mexica, better known as the Aztecs, came wandering onto the shores…

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