Recently we held the election for the Pájaro de Fuego Mayan queen with different Nahual characters in Guatemala. This is Mayan folklore where human beings have the power to transform either spiritually or physically into animal form, most commonly jaguar and puma but also others such as donkeys, birds, dogs or coyotes. The children’s teachers worked extremely hard to get their costumes ready and a beautiful stage back-drop for the event.
With the coronation of the Queen, we were proud to welcome Itzapa's Rumi'al Qatinamit, elected Mayan representatives, to undertake the ceremony. The elected students hold their posts for one year, representing the school.
These traditions are centuries old and ones that are told by our elderly generation to their grandchildren (our students today). It is so important to keep these traditions alive. As well as tradition, education is so important. The more years education we can provide, the better chance our students have of earning better wages which are then fed back into the family, especially the older generation.
Plans are underway for further investment into plans for the elderly population during 2018, including fruit trees, medicinal plants and vegetables - sustainable income for years to come.
Centuries-old Mayan folklore