Guatemalan Indigenous Women

Guatemalan Indigenous Women

Here’s the follow-up photo to yesterday’s rear view mirror vista. In this picture, you can appreciate the different cortes worn by the indigenous women of Guatemala. These cortes are not the usual indigenous dresses you find around La Antigua Guatemala. I am not sure where they are from exactly, but for sure, the different styles are from the high lands of Guatemala.

I am amazed and speechless whenever I realized the importance that the traje indígena, the native Guatemalan clothes, represents for the identity and culture of Guatemala and its people. These brave and resilient women are the last anchor of culture and identity for a country that everyday looks like more of the same. These courageous women show us other ways of being human.

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  • Eric

    Hola, Rudy ! I’ve been too busy the past few days … it was great to catch-up with LAGDP and see several fantastic photos.
    I’ll have to second Norm, from yesterday’s entry – the rear-view-mirror photo does look like an antique sienna print, but with all the vibrant color of la traje indigena. Looking at the photo, you can almost hear the ladies talking.
    Another vote for “with people”, although your photos of the detail on Catedral la Merced were a beautiful study in color and contrast. Technically, the statues count as people, no…? Ja-ja-ja

  • This is a fabulous, AWARD-winning photo! Awesome – love it! Regards from Minnesota, USA

  • Stephanie

    I agree that they are courageous — living in the country that is the biggest exporter of “culture”, I hate seeing the sameness that is becoming more and more rampant. Will we someday be in a world where everyone dresses, talks, acts alike? I hope not! Why can’t it be more of a two-way (or hundred way!) exchange of ways of being? For example, I love listening to music from other cultures/countries that comes out of their own musical histories — but you have to work to get access to it. Most radio stations here play whatever is the latest “popular” stuff. Where is the variety? That’s what I love about traveling (and traveling vicariously through your blog) — seeing other ways of being/living so I can honor them and learn from them.

  • Rudy, it appears that these ladies are from the town of Zunil, in the Quetzaltenango region. The cortes from that region are some of my favorites for their exquisite patterns and designs. I also enjoy the photos with people in them. Best regards.

  • @Eric, thanks for the great feedback. I really appreciated.

    @Leif, oh thanks, it is not the much. Actually, it is an ordinary shot from the streets of LAG.

    @Stephanie, I agree with you. My favorite music genres are jazz, blues and world music.

    @Suzanne, thanks so much for filling in with you knowledge and expertise. It is good to know that people from Zunil come to visit us.

  • I love the contrast between their clothes and the stone.

  • Jerri

    We were in Puerto Vallarta area last month for a long over due vacation. Gosh it seems like a year ago now. It was wonderful. My favorite part was interacting with the locals, eating their food, and seeing their cultural things. In particular we enjoyed the people, like these women who I consider to be the true natives of that land. My heart breaks for the serious difficulties they face in life each day due to greed, and prejudice against them. I have always had a special place in my heart for the history of the Central American Native people. It was such an honor to finally visit their land and at be apart of their life even for that brief time. Because we visited things off the beaten path, traveled into some of the mountianous area and were able to meet some of these wonderful people we gained a deeper sense of understanding and love for them I marvel at their happiness and deep love of family. What beautiful smiles and warm hearts. How amazing that against so many odds over the last few centuries, they manage to still know and cling their inherited culture. Upon coming home, we realized how much we loved being there with them. We have often talked about what we can do to help others, even to serve a mission of some kind. Each day I realize how much I want to go back, if possible and for a few years to live and work there for a time, helping to enrich their lives with in their customs. Thank you for your wonderful work you do in sharing these beautiful photos and information. Seeing these is a great reminder of why we want to go back.