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The voice of the native people
The voice of the native people

By Trama Volunteer on Nov 24, 2022

Guatemala is truly one of the most colorful countries, thanks to the diversity of Maya cultures, languages and obviously the people, that keep these ancestral traditions alive. Lisa, a volunteer of Trama, tr...

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La voz de la gente nativa
La voz de la gente nativa

By Trama Volunteer on Nov 24, 2022

Guatemala es realmente uno de los países más coloridos, gracias a la diversidad de culturas mayas, idiomas y, obviamente, a la gente, que mantiene vivas estas tradiciones ancestrales. Lisa, una voluntaria de...

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La Singularidad de Español Guatemalteco
La Singularidad de Español Guatemalteco

By Trama Volunteer on Sep 26, 2022

Junto con su cultura diversa, Guatemala tiene una rica herencia lingüística que ha creado varios dialectos e idiomas en el país. El español de Guatemala o español guatemalteco es único por derecho propio, fusionándose y evolucionando con los diversos idiomas y dialectos que residen en el país. 

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The Uniqueness of Español Guatemalteco
The Uniqueness of Español Guatemalteco

By Trama Volunteer on Sep 26, 2022

Along with its diverse culture Guatemala has a rich linguistic heritage that is devised of various dialects and languages in the country. Spanish in Guatemala or Español Guatemalteco is unique in its own right, merging and evolving with the various languages and dialects that reside in the country. 

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Guatemalan Independence Day!
Guatemalan Independence Day!

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Sep 13, 2022

Happy Independence Day! Each year Guatemalans are very passionate about celebrating their freedom and the city of Xela (Quetzaltenango) becomes alive with festivities.   

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Historias de Textile: El Huipil Guatemalteco
Historias de Textile: El Huipil Guatemalteco

By Trama Coordinator on Aug 29, 2022

Los huipiles tienen una historia profunda, transformándose y evolucionando con la comunidad indígena a través del tiempo. Una vez terminada, la obra de arte que a veces toma meses en realizarse, cuenta historias de las muchas comunidades indígenas que residen en Guatemala. 

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Textile Stories: The Guatemalan Huipil
Textile Stories: The Guatemalan Huipil

By Trama Volunteer on Aug 29, 2022

Huipiles have a deep history, transforming and evolving with Indigenous communities through time. When finished, the work of art that often takes months to make, tells a story of both individual and communal identity of the many Indigenous communities that reside in Guatemala. Here at Trama, we seek to share the importance of this evolving tradition in each huipil, and in each textile. 

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Understanding Our Weavers - Conducting Surveys to Understand Their Needs
Understanding Our Weavers - Conducting Surveys to Understand Their Needs

By Trama Coordinator on Jul 28, 2022

Something that is important to us is making sure our weavers are able to keep their ancient tradition of weaving alive whilst earning a sustainable living. Whilst we are committed to paying our weavers a fai...

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Maya History and Cultural Resources
Maya History and Cultural Resources

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Jul 25, 2022

Whilst we do our best to explain, highlight and show the story and history behind our products and the weavers who create them (from their culture to their religion), we also want to recognise the incredible...

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Cross-Cultures Series: Isla Amantani del Lago Titicaca!
Cross-Cultures Series: Isla Amantani del Lago Titicaca!

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Jun 27, 2022

Cross-Cultures Series: Isla Amantani del Lago Titicaca!    This spring, former Trama volunteers Myrthe and Zella, visited Bolivia and Peru together! Here they are in the daily traje of women from the Island...

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Cross-Cultures Series: Molas from Panama
Cross-Cultures Series: Molas from Panama

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Jun 26, 2022

The Guna people of Panama crafts beautiful molas as part of their traditional dress. The molas are made with intricate designs from skillful women who have had the traditions passed down through generations of women.

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Addressing the Mental Health Crisis in Guatemala
Addressing the Mental Health Crisis in Guatemala

By Coordinator - Volunteers on Jun 25, 2022

A quick look into the current mental health crisis in Guatemala, including potential causes and upcoming solutions to the difficulties that the people of Guatemala face.

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