Grow an Indigenous Youths' Beekeeping Cooperative

by Appropriate Technology Collaborative
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Grow an Indigenous Youths' Beekeeping Cooperative
Grow an Indigenous Youths' Beekeeping Cooperative
Grow an Indigenous Youths' Beekeeping Cooperative
Grow an Indigenous Youths' Beekeeping Cooperative
Grow an Indigenous Youths' Beekeeping Cooperative
Grow an Indigenous Youths' Beekeeping Cooperative
Grow an Indigenous Youths' Beekeeping Cooperative
Grow an Indigenous Youths' Beekeeping Cooperative
Grow an Indigenous Youths' Beekeeping Cooperative
Grow an Indigenous Youths' Beekeeping Cooperative
Grow an Indigenous Youths' Beekeeping Cooperative
Grow an Indigenous Youths' Beekeeping Cooperative
Grow an Indigenous Youths' Beekeeping Cooperative
Grow an Indigenous Youths' Beekeeping Cooperative
Grow an Indigenous Youths' Beekeeping Cooperative
Utz Kab's New Logo
Utz Kab's New Logo

For the Bee Boys, producing honey isn't just about producing money. 

The value of beekeeping is also a spiritual practice, a ceremony of communion with nature and nurturing the positive relationships between plants, bees and humans. 

The Bee Boys have a fire ceremony site at the entrance to their land so they can stop to attune to the bees and enter the space in calmness. This is necessary, especially when bringing guests, because the bees are very sensitive to emotional agitation and will swarm at the already upset person. 

For Utz Kab, the beekeeping is also about spreading awareness. Concerned about the ecological crisis, keeping bees is about raising awareness amongst neighbouring coffee farmers - chemical sprays affect the populations of our most precious pollinators. 

Finally, Utz Kab is about preserving cultural heritage through language and way of life in the modern world. As musicians and actors, they sing proudly about traditional farming in Tzu'tujil language with an electric guitar and bass. Their income from honey fuels their creative expression for community cohesion. 

Thank you for supporting Utz Kab - Good Honey

Nacho leads fire ceremony with eco-tourist group
Nacho leads fire ceremony with eco-tourist group
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It's been an exciting year for the Bee Boys!

With your help, they opened up sales of honey in two health food stores and at a Montessori school! They have an ever growing following on Facebook of local residents who recieve honey delivered to their front door! The honey bees are producing more than ever - in great health since 2017 gave good rains and great flowers.

With the success of their cooperative, they reached further out to the community to share their abundance! In August, they matched your donations with their own honey-income to put on a free public concert in their village! The concert featured local artists from traditional flutes and drums to Tzutujil Alternative Rock and an internationally recognized Tzutujil Hiphop artist, TzutuKan.  It was a huge sucess, thanks to your support, the town enjoyed fantastic lights and sound like they've never heard before.

In return for your generosity they wrote a project report for transparent finance use. And since ATC loves transparency, I atttach the summary here!

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Jeremias managing the sound check
Jeremias managing the sound check

You made this possible.  

Now in their 10th year of organizing, the Bee Boys coordinated a great music and arts festival with lights and music to give pride to their town's artists and increase awareness to 500 indigenous teenagers about tradition and sustainability.

The show featured Tzutujil hip hop, alternative rock, DJs, and indigenous drums and flutes. Local painter, Pablo, had his work featured and publicized his free afterschool art classes.  They spoke out about protecting indigenous way of life and protecting the Lake and waters.

Members of Miel Q'aniel (the Bee Boys) wrote their own Tzutujil rock songs speaking to life in San Pablo as agricultural workers. 

The Bee Boys send you this special message, 

"You have us a huge hand up! We couldn't have made this festival a success without you and we give you a big thank you as organizers and as participants. This was the first time our band ever got up on stage to share our music with our town, and now, all the other artists are talking about preparing for next year's event. The festival was almost dead, now it's up and running again!"

- Jeremias, Bee Boy and Organizer of Festival Ijatz

 

Can you help us do more? This Thursday, October 5th, Globalgiving is matching funds! 

This is our chance to support youth-driven social change for sustainable living.

Rocking the stage
Rocking the stage
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The crowd

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Jeremias, leader of the Miel Q'aniel, nicknamed 'The Bee Boys,' is in charge of media publicity and videos introducing the local artists at this weekend's art and music festival in San Pablo la Laguna!

He asked us to send you the link to his video and invite you along!  

The Painters and San Pablo's Free Afterschool Art Program

 

Festival Ijatz, organized by the Bee Boys and the San Pablo Youth Group, is promoting Environmental Protection of Lake Atitlan and Standing Against Violence. This Festival is a yearly event since 2010 and was nearly canceled due to lack of financial support. The Bee Boys prioritized this festival for this year's project because music and art that evokes environmental consciousness and brings people together is essential to grow awareness for a sustainable society. From festival organizers Jeremias, Edwin, and Benjamin: Thank you very much for the sound equipment!

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Festival Logo
Festival Logo

The announcements have been made: This year's youth arts and music festival is happening!

The Bee Boys have been working hard making preparations: coordinating artists, videotaping the introductions of local rap artists, painters and breakdancers to play on projectors and promote on social media. Jeremias is in charge of booking the bands, sound equipment and videos. Edwin keeps the accounts and meets with the municipal government, catholic church and local organizations for permissions and participation. 

They festival coordinators worked with local artists to design the festival logo: Ijatz "The Seed" symbolizing the re-emergence of mayan traditional knowledge, the multicolored corn cob symbolizing cultural diversity and harmony, and the white, red, yellow and black representing the four directions and the Mayan colors. 

The stage will be playing a series of rap, rock and traditional marimba music, poetry, breakdance with art displays lining San Pablo's public basketball court in the center of town.  All these artists will be displaying their work voluntarily in the spirit of community development and youth awareness of social issues affecting their town. This year the festival is dedicated to Overcoming Violence: bringing awareness to violence in all forms: drugs and alcohol, gangs, domestic violence and emotional abuse.

 

The coordinators say they want to show the state of Solola that San Pablo is full of artists and people committed to social change.

Thanks to you, [first name], we were able to support the Bee Boys and the San Pablo Youth Group's effort to keep their yearly festival free and open to the public!  

                                                          Stay tuned for videos from the artists!

MC Diego is on the line-up!
MC Diego is on the line-up!
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Appropriate Technology Collaborative

Location: Ann Arbor, MI - USA
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Project Leader:
Monika Goforth
San Marcos la Laguna, Guatemala

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