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Women for Women
Women for Women

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Nov 11, 2019

I bet that any woman visiting Guatemala knows the daily struggle of keeping it together (or not) when being catcalled on the street. Although this misogynistic behavior can be annoying - and at times scary -...

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Santa Maria's Day!
Santa Maria's Day!

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Oct 10, 2019

The Accention of the Virgin Mary is a grandiose celebration that brings all the streets of Quetzaltenango’s historical center to life. You can find drawings on the ground in sumptuous col...

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The 'Chicken Bus': Guatemala's Unique Mode of Transport
The 'Chicken Bus': Guatemala's Unique Mode of Transport

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Sep 11, 2019

There is no way around a ride on a chicken bus in Guatemala. You might have heard of this transportation system before and have been wondering just like me: What on earth is a Chicken Bus? Well, they are par...

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More Than Just Hair: The Meaning Behind the Ways That Guatemalan Women Wear Their Hair
More Than Just Hair: The Meaning Behind the Ways That Guatemalan Women Wear Their Hair

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Aug 06, 2019

Cross-cultural conceptions of beauty, specifically feminine beauty, are fascinating and telling. For many women, like one Trama Textiles volunteer, visiting another culture always involves some amount (usually quite a bit!) on unique beautification rituals and practices of another country or culture. A volunteer reflects on her observations and learnings about the striking ways in which Guatemalan women adorn and wear their hair; how their hair-pieces and hairstyles are both an extension of their cultural heritage as well as a reflection of their female beauty. 

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Weaving Bliss Into Your Life
Weaving Bliss Into Your Life

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Jul 01, 2019

Mindfulness, emotional wellness, and meditation--the past few years have witnessed an explosive interest in improving our emotional and spiritual well-being. But did you know that weaving is scientifically proven to boost our happiness levels and allow us to access a meditative state? Read on to find out exactly how weaving can bring bliss into your life.

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Picturing Ixchel, the Mayan Goddess of Weaving
Picturing Ixchel, the Mayan Goddess of Weaving

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Jun 03, 2019

The ancient Mayan pantheon is expansive. I say 'is', rather than 'was', because for many communities in Guatemala, Mayan beliefs and ceremonial practices are still part of daily life, co-existing alongside the Catholicism that's now the state's primary religion. Active Mayan altars can be found all over the country, including at a number of ruin sites of ancient Mayan towns, like Iximche, near Tecpan.

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Expectations vs. Reality
Expectations vs. Reality

By Coordinator - Volunteers on May 01, 2019

“Expectations vs. reality…” This is the simple yet complex mantra I’ve been whispering to myself over and over my last month here in Xela, while also chuckling about it under my breath and sharing impression...

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Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Guatemala
Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Guatemala

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Apr 01, 2019

Mayan Culture meets Catholicism Have you ever been in Guatemala during Easter? If so, then you know it is can be quite the event. A cozy hardboiled egg breakfast at home or your mother’s best Easter egg hun...

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Violence in Guatemala
Violence in Guatemala

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Mar 04, 2019

Combatting Violence in Guatemala March is a special month for the fight against violence in Guatemala. On the 13th and 31st, the National Day Against Violence towards Minors and the Day of National Dignity ...

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Maize: the epicenter of Maya culture
Maize: the epicenter of Maya culture

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Feb 01, 2019

Maize was one of the most important things in the Maya culture, and not only regarding diet. Here, we will see other roles of maize in Maya civilization. The base of food and agriculture The ancient May...

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The Temazcal: Rebirth and New Beginnings
The Temazcal: Rebirth and New Beginnings

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Jan 08, 2019

As we step into a new year, we often reflect on the passing year, and look forward to the new year, a fresh start. Perhaps you made a New Year’s resolution, started that new project you had out on hold or ma...

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slow fashion weaving a scarf in Guatemala
Wisdom from a Backstrap Weaving Lesson

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Dec 07, 2018

Has this ever happened to you – in your process of growth, to stumble upon by-products of your efforts and actions that in your perception have no resemblance or connection to the final outcome? It has happened to me to dismiss some of them because I did not find them helpful or good enough for my growth. That day, during the weaving lesson, I reminded myself that small outcomes count, even when they don’t look like they do – they are stepping stones of progress.  

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