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San Antonio Maya Women’s Group #518846
11/09/16 01:44 PM
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Making their mark on the world

Tucked in a lush green valley en route to the rich rainforest of Belize lies one of the most picturesque villages of Belize: San Antonio. I may be a bit biased considering it is my home village, and to my Maya heart, the prettiest ever.

Tucked in a lush green valley en route to the rich rainforest of Belize lies one of the most picturesque villages of Belize: San Antonio. I may be a bit biased considering it is my home village, and to my Maya heart, the prettiest ever.

On October 19th and 20th Timotea Mesh née Canto, Josepha Canto, Laura Mesh, Claribel Tzib and Rafael Canto headlined a fantastic event at SUNY Cortland in Cortland, New York, United States.

Thanks to the efforts of Professor Jeremiah Donovan, a professor of ceramics in the Art and Art History Department at at SUNY Cortland in Cortland, New York, United States, through a National Endowment of the Arts grant in Spring 2016, the group was able to witness their work on display at an international scale. 35 contemporary pottery pieces are on display at Dowd Gallery, along with 20 ancient Maya objects on loan from the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, and several other related tools and materials.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the My Beautiful Belize Blog


Re: San Antonio Maya Women’s Group [Re: Marty] #527954
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Belize San Antonio Women's Group

A fun morning of learning how pottery is made and making our own tortillas....yum!

Re: San Antonio Maya Women’s Group [Re: Marty] #530230
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San Antonio Women's Group

“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.” — Diane Mariechild

The organization that I am about to describe perfectly represents Marichild’s above statement. The San Antonio Women’s group has made a name for themselves through perseverance and hard work. Located relatively at the western entrance of San Antonio Village beside the United Pentecostal School, the organization of women continues to be a source of pride for our community. They are a true representation of women’s power to create and transform; from a moderately unorganized group of family and friends they grew into a firmly planned entity. In 2001 a group of 5 women, who were interested in learning cooking techniques, formed an unofficial union. They explored recipes to cook various types of foods and bake bread and pizza. As the years progressed, the women worked closer and closer to each other. After noting the amount of opportunities available at both local and international organizations, they sought support and opportunities. The doors of many organizations opened and the women were capacitated with team building, self- esteem, book keeping, weaving, embroidery, and pottery workshops. Under the leadership of Timotea Mesh the group was far more organized and sought new business and cultural opportunities to empower its women. In 2006, they ventured into artisan work based on pottery. This move proved to be crucial for their development. People from all over the country and tourists began visiting the women’s group headquarters to learn about: 1st the pottery making process and then for the food and Maya cultural practices. People were also enthused about the native cooking techniques and encouraged the women’s group to promote and safeguard it. That is how the women’s group began catering for local and international tourists. This “boom” made the women’s group known throughout the region. From women interested in cooking and baking, the group evolved to pottery making, showcasing native cooking techniques, hosting local and international cooking, hosting a gift a shop and presently also doing embroidery. Today other organizations such as Chaa Creek, San Ignacio Resort, Kaana, Hidden Valley amongst others recognize their work and support them. Let us not forget that they have also participated in international events such as in Sunny Cortland New York they maintained an exposition in 2016 and they also participated in the Smithsonian museum festival in 2014 and 2017.

The group of women are certainly an important aspect of our community, they raise our community name and celebrate WHO WE ARE. We take this opportunity to thank them for supporting A Day in San Antonio. Also they will be showcasing their work, cooking and demonstrating pottery work on June 10th 2018 at our event. Please visit their booth, they provide many services that empower our community! Let us keep supporting them!!

A Day in San Antonio: Culture, Nature & sports

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San Antonio Women Group Preserving Mayan Culture

In San Antonio Village, Cayo, a women’s group exists which aims at empowering women and preserving the Yucatec Mayan culture by teaching visitors how to make handmade tortillas and pottery.  It is taught through attention-grabbing presentations of traditional Mayan practices of pottery and tortilla making.  The media was taken to visit the group as part of B.T.B.’s Media Familiarization Trip. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo reports.

Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

Founded in 2001, the San Antonio Women’s Cooperative has nine official members.

Timotea Mesh, Leader, San Antonio Women’s Cooperative

“We started gathering ladies just to teach them new ideas of things that we were not u sed to make in our daily routine like taking care of the kids, washing and ironing.”

Over the years the group has expanded, opening its doors to women in the village.

Timotea Mesh, Leader

“We have about twenty five people that are involved in the whole project because we had to recruit people because the work was a lot. So we had to hire people as well to do the serving, cooking, waiting. So we have about twenty five people involved in the whole project.”

The project is unique, one where the Yucatec Mayan culture meets tourism. Visitors get a firsthand experience in traditional Mayan tortilla making and pottery making.

Timotea Mesh, Leader

“We got involved in this because it was something that people was demanding. As I said before we were just gathering as a group and after people heard that there was a women’s cooperating that was making things here, our friends start visiting us by bring us little materials like things we might need- papers for the kids, crayons, yawns for ladies. Naturally we started serving food for them and they were very, it was something different for them because we were using the old technique. We were making tortillas on the fire heart. We were grinding and they found it very interesting because it was something that they did not see in other homes. By doing this these friends started sending out more people so they can come and it here. This is how it all started.”

Channel 5



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