Location: Guatemala        Length: 22 min.

An association of Tz’utujil Maya people from Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala, struggle to establish a cultural center and archaeological site museum at the nearby lakeside site of Chuitinamit, once home to the Pre-Hispanic Maya King Tepepul and now badly looted. Including a tour of the museum, this film documents their accomplishments thus far and current endeavors in the face of artifact looting and natural catastrophe in the form of Hurricane Stan, which struck in 2005.

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Produced in 2009 by Timothy Knowlton and Stephanie Carson

Web links:

Chuitinamit (Authentic Maya)

History of Guatemala (Wikipedia)

Maya Adventure (Science Museum of Minnesota)


Mystery of the Maya (Canadian Museum of Civilization)

Santiago Atitlán (official town website)