Fotokids Still Going Strong

Fotokids Still Going Strong

Fotokids is now in its 28th year, and our focus is acting as a catalyst to stimulate leadership roles for young people in areas affected by poverty and gang violence in Guatemala and children of farm workers in California’s central valley. Fotokids transforms and empowers through its media training in photography, graphic design, video, writing, and web design, opening up […]

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Pets of Guatemala – Winners of the Revue Photo Contest Oct. 2018

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This month’s Photo Contest is dedicated to pets for a couple of reasons. Honoring St. Francis of Assisi for his love of animals, and in the U.S. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Humane Association (AHA) have deemed the month of October National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and Adopt a Dog Month. Here are the results from […]

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Symbols of Guatemala

Symbols of Guatemala

Guatemalans are proud people, proud of the beautiful country and of the symbols that represent it. Most of these symbols delight the eye, and some are pleasant to hear, taste, smell, or touch. Spot them all to add to your memory bank of the country, whether you live here or are just visiting. The blue-white-blue vertical bands of the national […]

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The Flag(s) of Guatemala

The Flag(s) of Guatemala

“That flag is a symbol we attach our emotions to, but it isn’t the emotion itself and it isn’t the thing we really care about. Sometimes we don’t even realize what we really care about, because we get so distracted by the symbols.” —Tom Wolfe, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test Though flags represent the values of that country, freedom, vigilance, […]

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The Tradition of La Antigua Guatemala Marching Bands

The Tradition of La Antigua Guatemala Marching Bands

Independence Day celebrations in Guatemala include flags flying everywhere, speeches, music, celebratory food, and fireworks, but most especially in La Antigua Guatemala generations of students from local schools have marched through the cobblestone streets for almost a century. Through the years the high mark has been set by enduring bands from four educational institutions, Antonio Larrazabal (INVAL), Olimpia Leal (INSOL), […]

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REVUE Magazine September 2018

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CLICK HERE TO READ the September issue of Revue. We have had several Revue readers ask us, “Now that Revue is digital, has your work load gotten easier?” The short answer (without complaint) is, “No.” After 26 years we continue to carry out our original mission statement of promoting the best of Guatemala. We are still publishing informative and entertaining […]

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Strengthening Pre-schools Across Guatemala

Strengthening Pre-schools Across Guatemala

Strengthening School Environments in Pre-schools Across Guatemala (English) Samuel Camhi Levy Foundation began its work in Quetzaltenango, locally known as Xela. In 2013, with the support of the Foundation for the Integral Development of Socioeconomic Programs (Fundap as executor), together the group supported 13 public schools — five years later there are more than 100 communities using this model. At […]

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Africa – The other side of Latin Cuisine?

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The similarity between the cuisine of eastern Africa to that of Latin America. Traveling is perhaps one of the best ways to rediscover ourselves and our own cultures. During a recent trip to Tanzania and Kenya, I expected fantastic wildlife and outstanding scenery, but an unexpected surprise was to experience the similarity between the cuisine of eastern Africa to that […]

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The Flag of Guatemala – Winners of the Revue Photo Contest Sept. 2018

FLAG OF GUATEMALA

In honor of Guatemalan Independence celebrated in September, here are the results of our Photo Contest “The Flag of Guatemala” WINNERS BY POPULAR VOTE WINNERS BY EDITORIAL DECISION We hope you enjoy the independence festivities in September. THANK YOU to all the participating photographers. You can see all of the excellent submissions on the Revue Facebook page The winners and a […]

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Workshop Sculpting a Religious Image Colonial Style

Workshop Sculpting a Religious Image Colonial Style

Article by Hadazul Cruz—artist and student at CREA, outlining the Talla en Madera (wood carving) workshop, and the following Encarnado (polychrome) workshop. When the Spaniards arrived in Guatemala in 1524 they brought religion, arts, and culture with them. Since they didn’t speak native languages a simple way to evangelize the local population was through art. Thus, talented sculptors, painters, and […]

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Artist Profile, Mendel Samayoa

Artist Profile Mendel Samayoa

Mendel Samayoa, a Guatemalan artist whose work has brought him both national and international prestige. After a series of successful international exhibitions between 2013 and 2015 in England and the United States Mendel Samayoa was invited by the Vice Ministry of Culture to exhibit his work at the Palacio Nacional de Guatemala. Relatos Asimétricos 1 (Asymmetric Stories 1) included twenty-plus new […]

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Cuban Gastronomic Delights

Cuba's Gastronomic Delights

The Cuba that you may not know. Perhaps what most people associate with Cuba is communism, the embargo, or that it is an off-limits place for Americans, yet tourism is booming with visitors from Canada, Europe, Asia and elsewhere. Old Havana is beautiful. The food is delicious. There’s live music everywhere and the music is hot! and the music is hot. […]

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Traditions of Guatemala – Winners of the Revue Photo Contest August 2018

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Here are the results of Traditions of Guatemala Photo Contest. WINNERS BY POPULAR VOTE WINNERS BY EDITORIAL DECISION THANK YOU to all the participating photographers — Guatemala has such a rich history of traditions. You can see all of the excellent submissions on the Revue Facebook page The winners and a many of the submitted photographs will be published in the August, 2018 digital, […]

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The Guatemalan weavers “Multicolores Collective”

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Bringing new industry to rural Guatemala by using women’s weaving skills and sense of color. Micaela Churunul, age thirty-six learned weaving from her mother as a child. But a bad case of bronchitis when she was eight compromised her health going forward. Also, at eight, she was forced to leave school when her family needed her work contribution at home. Without […]

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REVUE Launch of Digital Interactive Ezine

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CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED For a multitude of reasons, we made the decision to transition Revue magazine from print to digital, known as an Ezine (electronic magazine). Our gratitude to Print Studio for their many years of amazing quality and service. We’ve been publishing Revue since March, 1992. Over these 26+ years hitting every print deadline, intensive distribution and […]

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Life after Fuego Volcano Eruption in Guatemala

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From the roof of the house where I am staying I can see two volcanoes — Agua and Fuego (side by side with the inert volcano Acatenango). They are the giants that dominate the local landscape, and often seen in picture-perfect postcard images, especially the dormant Agua, located approximately 3 to 6 miles from the city of La Antigua Guatemala. On June […]

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Fuego Volcano Eruption — The Aftermath

Fuego Volcano Eruption

Since the eruption of the Fuego Volcano on Sunday, June 3, 2018, I have been watching the updates on the internet and hearing news from friends close to the front line with a profound sense of helplessness. Hundreds of people were killed just 12 miles from our home on the steep pitch of volcanic land in a tragic natural disaster. […]

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Rivers & Lakes of Guatemala – Winners of the Revue Photo Contest July 2018

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Here are the results of Rivers & Lakes Photo Contest. WINNERS BY POPULAR VOTE WINNERS BY EDITORIAL DECISION THANK YOU to all the participating photographers — What a way to show off the beauty of Guatemala. You can see all of the excellent submissions on the Revue Facebook page The winners and a many of the submitted photographs will be published in the […]

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Amalia’s Kitchen – Eating Healthier, Calories are not created equal

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Calories are not created equal.  Eating healthier the old-fashioned way in Latin America was the way of our grandmothers, mothers, aunts and home cooks, who were not nutritionists or calorie freaks, but wise women with much common sense in the kitchen. This is the way I grew up, shopping at the mercado with my abuela (grandma) for fresh ingredients and […]

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Ernesto Argueta Fraatz, Artist Profile

Ernesto Argueta Fraatz, Artist Profile

Home is where the art is, an interview with Guatemalan artist Ernesto Argueta Fraatz at his art studio. It was a beautiful afternoon in early April when I hopped off the bus in San Pedro Carchá, a predominantly Q’eqchi-speaking, Maya municipality located about 10 kilometers east of Cobán in the forested Highlands of Alta Verapaz. I was on my way to […]

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Slow Photography in Guatemala

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The Art of Wet Plate an Interview with Jorge Luis Chavarría about slow photography. “To be an artist, you need perspective to see more, to question more, reflect more, so that you can generate more.” — Luis Chavarría Breathe. Adjust the light. A little more to the right. Yes, just so. Now, look at the camera. Freeze. Hold … hold … hold. […]

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Guatemala – Flora easy, Fauna Harder

Flora easy, Fauna harder

The colorful sights and rich fragrances of Guatemalan flora are easy to find and enjoy, as witnessed by many of this month’s photo contest entries. Lush bougainvillea spilling over white walls, towering cieba trees in the Highlands and mahogany in the jungles, long-stemmed roses and planters of orchids in every shade and variety, flora everywhere all year long in Guatemala’s […]

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Portraits of Guatemala — Winners of the Revue Photo Contest June 2018

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Here are the winners of the Revue Photo Contest “Portraits of Guatemala” WINNERS BY POPULAR VOTE WINNERS BY EDITORIAL DECISION THANK YOU to all the participating photographers — an incredible collection of stories through images. You can see all of the excellent submissions on the Revue Facebook page The winners and a number of other photographs will be published in the June, […]

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Holy Week 2018 an explosion of color and a sense of community

Holy Week 2018

La Antigua Guatemala embraces the largest celebration in the world for Lent and Holy Week, and this year was no exception. Visitors came from afar to experience a “Semana Santa moment” as Antigueños created countless flower and sawdust carpets throughout the processional routes and an array of holy vigils and processions. With more than 60 activities during the 40-day period […]

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Eating Healthier to Prevent a 21st Century Epidemic – Amalia’s Kitchen

Eating healthy to prevent A 21st Century Epidemic

Type 2 diabetes is a 21st century epidemic – the one that can be prevented through healthy eating education. Growing up in Guatemala taught me good eating habits for life. After all, fruits and vegetables, plentiful and wide-ranging, grow naturally in fertile soil under the Guatemalan sun. Home- cooked meals are inherently balanced, containing plenty of locally grown crops. Having […]

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In the Kingdom of Mescal

In the Kingdom of Mescal

The Making of “In the Kingdom of Mescal: An Indian Fairy-Tale for Adults” I discovered “In the Kingdom of Mescal: An Indian fairy-tale for adults” among items my parents had left me. A colorful, mystical figure holding the hand of a small boy dominated the front cover. On the inside cover was an inscription from my wife’s Guatemalan/German friends, who had […]

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The Union Church of Guatemala

The Union Church of Guatemala

A Story of Faithful Servants Standing in the Gap -The History of the Protestant Church in Guatemala. The Union Church of Guatemala is an international, interdenominational church dedicated to serving the English-speaking Protestant population of Guatemala. The history of the church can be traced back to a faithful woman named Frances de Cleaves. Born in Roatan, Honduras and raised in […]

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Flora & Fauna of Guatemala – Winners of the Revue Photo Contest May 2018

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Here are the winners of the Revue Photo Contest “Flora & Fauna of Guatemala” WINNERS BY POPULAR VOTE WINNERS BY EDITORIAL DECISION THANK YOU to all the participating photographers — it was a tough choice this month, so many great images. You can see all of the excellent submissions on the Revue Facebook page The winners and a number of other […]

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Visiting El Mirador – A Dream Come True!

Visiting El Mirador – A Dream Come Tr

There are no roads to El Mirador intentionally to deter looters from the area. We arrived by helicopter and met other visitors who had walked through the rainforest trails for two days to get there. Flying over one of the few virgin rainforests left on the planet was breathtaking. Off in the distance, La Danta Temple, the oldest and largest […]

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