Location: Chiapas, Mexico         Length: 24 min

Until recently, the 10-year old boy K'ayum lived much as his ancestors did, learning about forest plants and animals from his grandfather, Chan K'in. The Maya Lacandon fled into the Chiapas rainforest 500 years ago, escaping enslavement and death at the hands of the Spanish Conquistadors. For centuries, Lacandons skilfully managed their lives in this environment and focused on the transfer of ancient knowledge. In 1970, a road was pushed in and everything changed. Deforestation now casts serious doubt on the survival of Lacandon Culture.

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