This video was done by Saint John's collage to document the Guerra Social Maya(Caste War) in Belize for a exhibit . The testimonies are from the Maya of Orange Walk . The Maya of Orange walk and Corozal belong to the Yucatec Maya group
The Northern Maya of Belize belong to the Yucatec Maya group which are found in Corozal, Orange Walk and Cayo. Their native language is known simply as Maya or Màaya t’àan but it is also known as Maya Yucateco. Today mostly elders are the Maya speakers while many of the younger generation have exchanged their native Maya language for Spanish and English, putting the Maya language endangered with just a little over 2000 speakers in Belize.
The Yucatec Maya in Belize identify in different ways depending on the individual, such as Maya, Masewal, Maya Masewal, Maya Mestizo or Mayero .
The Northern Maya practice several Maya traditions like Cha Chaac,Wahil Kol, Hanal-Pixan, Biix, Jéets´Méek’ and others.
During the Guerra Social Maya (1847-1930’s), more commonly known as the Caste War, the Yucatec Maya were divided into several rebel groups which were fighting against the Europeans. These Yucatec Maya groups were known as the Cruzob Maya and Icaiche Maya, which their descendants are still found in Belize.