The end of 13 B'aqtun with the Toledo Alcaldes Association, The Maya Leaders Alliance and the Q'eqchi Healers Association in Santa Cruz, Toledo
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The end of 13 B'aqtun with the Toledo Alcaldes Association, The Maya Leaders Alliance and the Q'eqchi Healers Association in Santa Cruz, Toledo

Spent the night of Dec. 20th documenting the end of 13 B'aqtun with the Toledo Alcaldes Association, The Maya Leaders Alliance and the Q'eqchi Healers Association in Santa Cruz, Toledo. This photo has so much going on and says so much about the community of Maya ... the women in the front left are an assembly line making corn tortillas for the village; the men in the left background are eating after butchering 4 pigs down by the river. The man just to the right of the door is stirring huge chunks of pig fat in oil making chicharron - which we snacked on all night. The women to the right are doing dishes, and taking a break from cooking. This is from the first set of images only 15 minutes after arriving. Thanks Cristina Coc, Executive Director of the Julian Cho Society for the opportunity. with Pedro Choc and Cristina Coc.

2nd image: As the festivities started outside, everyone left the house except for this man. His job is to ensure that there is a constant supply of chicharron. Here he is dipping the finished pieces from the hot oil onto large plantain leaves to drain and cool. Just in front of him are large metal tubs full of the just butchered pigs. the pork will be cooked and feasted on throughout the night on into the morning.

These were handheld (no time and little room for a tripod), no photoshopping, straight from the camera with a little contrast and shadow fill. For you camera geeks, Canon 5D MarkIII; 16mm; 1/30 @ f/2.8; ISO 200.

Photographs by Tony Rath

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