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Guatemala: Amerindians, mestizos and blancos – a DNA perspective

Guatemala, El Salvador, two countries with an official Amerindian minority, but in reality both are inhabited by a population largely of Mayan, Pipil and Lenca origin. Some of them still adhere to an Amerindian identity, but large numbers of individuals from broken up societies… Continue Reading “Guatemala: Amerindians, mestizos and blancos – a DNA perspective”

Gender violence in Guatemala: ‘A woman’s struggle is everyone’s struggle’

Being a woman in Guatemala isn’t easy. The small central American country has one of the highest rates of femicide in the world, with at least two women murdered every day. Being an indigenous woman in Guatemala is even harder. In addition to the… Continue Reading “Gender violence in Guatemala: ‘A woman’s struggle is everyone’s struggle’”

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… Continue Reading “5. Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas”

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… Continue Reading “4. Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas”

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