A traditional Yucatec Maya house in the village of Patchakan, Corozal
A 'Malix Peek' is in front of the house guarding.
The traditional Maya house, made from cohune leaves and sticks from the forest, is a cool and sustainably built home. The cohune palm leaves are woven together to build a roof over the Maya homes, a practice done for centuries.
Hardwoods such as mahogany, sapodilla or santa maria are reserved in the forest for building purposes, only the needed trees are cut. The cohune leaves are carefully chosen and cut depending on its size and maturity to ensure a long lasting roof. All the wood, sticks and leaves tied together with twines or vines.
When building, members of the community provide support by helping gather the materials and giving a helping hand. These forest communities have the skills and knowledge to conserve their resources to meet their needs, continue with their way of life and bring happiness.
Photograph courtesy Belize Yucatec Maya
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