Central America, Spring ^10

January 27, 2010

A Tuesday

Filed under: Uncategorized — samanthabass @ 12:04 am

Yesterday afternoon watched the documentary ´Descubriendo a Dominga´ at the language school. It´s a film about a Guatemalan woman that is adopted by a family in the United States after her village was massacred during the Civil War. She returns to Guatemala to meet her surviving family and ´discover´ her culture.

Watched another film today, ´La Hija Del Puma.´Also about a Mayan woman searching for a missing, disappeared, brother.

Lots of hours of Spanish. This afternoon I went on a trip through the language school to the neighboring town Salcaja. This town has the first Catholic Chuch built in Central America, the Church of San Jacinto founded in 1524. Sacaja is also the largest manufacturer of textiles in Guatemala, and 80% of the town works producing corte, the traditional Mayan dress for women. We met with a textile manufacturer and he explained the final process of weaving and showed us how the machines work.

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