500 Years | Life in Resistance
Produced in 2016, this is the third film in a trilogy about Guatemala. This installment explores the sweeping historical significance of the war crimes trial of General Ríos Montt and the toppling of corrupt president Otto Pérez Molina. Director Pamela Yates gracefully engages the indigenous Mayan population who experienced genocide at the hands of a long-standing repressive government. Silenced family members and eyewitnesses come forward to share their individual stories with the desire that their underreported, horrific treatment receive the attention it deserves.
Spoken in Spanish and native Mayan languages, 500 YEARS delicately weaves archival footage with new interviews and emotional courtroom scenes to shine light on a growing movement to fend off the systematic aggression toward an underrepresented people. Focusing on the recent events of a country that has suffered for generations at the hands of a ruling elite, the film hails the nation’s citizens banding together on a quest for justice—and emerging as a beacon of hope. Click here to see film trailer.
Exhibition: Carmen L. Pettersen: Nature, Culture, and Landscapes of the Boca Costa of Guatemala 1930-1984
The exhibition will be held in Museo Ixchel from February 14-28, 2017
The inauguration of the event to be held February 15th at 7:00pm
There will also be two free lectures on February 23rd.
Click here to see the invitation.
This colorful exhibition in the Large Gallery of the new museum features traditional Guatemalan textiles, donated to the Avenir Museum by two longtime supporters: New Mexico-based textile and folk art collector and author, Martha Egan, and Mary Littrell, textile collector and former head of the Department of Design and Merchandising.
From July through December 2016, the second half of this year-long exhibition features additional Egan-Littrell collection textiles and the addition of wonderful images of Guatemala and its textile traditions, loaned by professional photographer Joe Coca.
IXCANUL - Mayan Language film
'Ixcanul' (which translates roughly to 'volcano' in the Mayan dialect of Kaqchikel) is an arresting story about two strong indigenous women.
Meet the Guatemalan artisans of Maya Traditions as they demonstrate the art of backstrap weaving. Bid to support Fair Trade. Make your own guacamole. Learn and embrace Maya cultures! Saturday, September 17th, at 6 PM SK&I Architecture 4600 East-West HWY, Suite 700 Bethesda, MD 20814
At the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC. Friday and Saturday, September 16th and 17th (10am - 5pm) and also Sunday, September 18th (1-2pm) 2016. Plans are still being made for this event, so check back soon for more information, or to visit the NMAI website click here.
This multi-day, multi-faceted program provides commercial, cultural, and educational events. Of special interest are:
- October 12th Conferences and academic activities with Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Presentations include Dr. Richard Hansen on El Mirador (archaeology) and a piece on the recent evolution of the artisan sector.
- October 12th at 4:30pm, Violeta Gutierrez (curator for the Ixchel Museum) will give a lecture at the Rhode Island School of Design entitled: Prendas y tejidos maya a través del tiempo (Maya Clothing and Weaving over time).
- October 13th Series of business roundtables and discussions on export and tourism opportunities.
- October 15-16 Guatefest! A chance to visit exhibitions and purchase handicrafts while enjoying Guatemalan food and entertainment.
This online exhibit by the Museum of Anthropology in Columnbia, MO presents examples of Guatemalan costumes from the Museum’s ethnographic collections. Dating primarily to the mid 20th century, these items are representative of a number of different Mayan villages and cultural groups. To view the exhibit, click here.
Weaving into the future
FOIM is initiating a women’s weaving cooperative in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Weaving Into The Future will give women a kickstart (space & materials) to develop quality saleable woven products & locate sales venues. The women will earn from their efforts, their children will learn how to weave, and the broader community will be able to see and appreciate the amazing Maya textile traditionlive. For upcoming events in December of 2014 click here and check back for more information which will be provided closer to the program.
Spurlock Museum visit
Artists of the Loom: Maya Weavers of Guatemala. A total of ninety-three textiles provide the broad cultural and geographic scope of the exhibit. The exhibit runs from September 16, 2014 through January 25, 2015 at the Spurlock Museum in Urbana, IL. Two special events will be held in conjunction with the exhibit: Exhibit opening Celebration on Saturday, September 20; and Lecture: Maya Images 1978 to 1986 on November 16. For more information about all these events, please click here.