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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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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FOR SALE A quiet oasis of comfort and style

FOR SALE A quiet oasis of comfort and style

One of Antigua’s spectacular and luxurious homes is now for sale Less than a 10-minute walk to central Antigua, this home – located in a beautiful, secure gated community – boasts amazing amenities like a heated lap pool and Jacuzzi, separate living and culinary areas and electricity-saving solar panels. Click here for more information A quiet oasis of comfort and […]

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FOR SALE One of Antigua’s Spectacular Homes

FOR SALE

Boasting one of the most beautiful views in all of Antigua, this ‘Colonial Gem’ is not going to be on the market for long  Click here for more info The home’s most special features include: Outdoor Living—the wide porch for both eating and sitting looks over a 20-meter long lap pool, a lovely garden, and stunning view of Antigua’s Agua Volcano. […]

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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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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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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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Velaciones, Processions and Semana Santa Calendar

Velaciones, Processions and Semana Santa Calendar

Here is a listing of the most prominent Processions, Velaciones (Holy Vigils) and Activities during Lent and Semana Santa in Antigua. Friday March 2 9am-11pm Velación Jesús Nazareno (Jocotenango Church-Jocotenango, Sac.) Saturday March 3 12pm Children’s Procession Replicas of Jesús Nazareno & Virgen de Dolores (Santa Ana Church, La Antigua) Sunday March 4 9am Procession Jesús Nazareno & Virgen de Dolores (Jocotenango, Sac.) […]

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A Coin Collector in Guatemala

A Coin Collector in Guatemala

I’m a coin collector, you’re a coin collector. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’re all coin collectors. Is there one among us, who upon receiving something different in change, doesn’t toss it in a dresser drawer for keeps? Guatemala is paradise for coin collectors and Banco Industrial has opened a gate to this paradise through a small but well-curated coin […]

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The Perfect Holiday Turkey

The Perfect Holiday Turkey

Turkey is quite possibly the most delicious main dish of the holiday kitchen. In the United States, it is consumed year-round in sandwiches and other preparations and it reaches a higher status at the Thanksgiving table. In Guatemala, turkey is the key ingredient of Kack Ik, a Mayan stew from the region of Coban, and of festive meals during the […]

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December Celebrations Virgin of the Conception

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After Burning the Devil festivities throughout Guatemala on December 7, Christmas celebrations begin the following day with processions for the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception. This is definitely one of the most popular traditions in the country. The devotion of the virgin dates to the 1500s in Guatemala, while the “Rezado (procession) de la Inmaculada Concepción de San Francisco” in […]

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Falling for Squash in Guatemala

Falling for Squash in Guatemala

I grew up eating squash in Guatemala and learned to appreciate the local varieties because they are part of many preparations, from soups and stews to candied styles. Cooking with squash is easy, as the fruit lends itself to many preparations from savory and sour, to sweet. Squash is available year-round in the U.S., but I love fall harvest season […]

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Handel’s Messiah Concert

Handel’s Messiah Concert

While composing Messiah, Handel is said to have remarked, “I did think I did see all Heaven before me and the great God Himself.” Whether by divine inspiration or unbridled passion, George Frideric Handel crafted Messiah, his greatest oratorio, in a mere three to four weeks between August and September in 1741. “He would literally write from morning to night,” […]

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Guatemala’s National Pediatric Oncology Unit

Guatemala's National Pediatric Oncology Unit

The only public Pediatric Oncology hospital in Guatemala specializing in treating pediatric cancer. I only crossed paths with 9-year-old Litzy Lorena Hernández for a few minutes, but the mark she left on me was significant and enduring. Litzy was sitting in a lounge at the National Pediatric Oncology Unit (UNOP) in Guatemala City waiting for a social program to begin. I […]

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Guatemalan Highland Bird Species

Guatemalan Highland Bird Species

Communing with Guatemalan Highland Bird Species. I traveled to Santiago Atitlán, a settlement at the feet of the imposing San Pedro and Tolimán volcanoes, and got in touch with the local guide and collaborator of Birding Expeditions Guatemala, Cruz Chikibal. He would help me look for two Highland bird species, the regional endemic wine-throated hummingbird and the endangered horned guan, […]

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Traditional Mayan Weaving vs Machines

Traditional Mayan Weaving vs Machines

The Industrial Revolution’s Latest Conquest. This is not the end of traditional Mayan weaving, but it is having a huge impact. Beautiful huipil, isn’t it? It’s the current style, one of them. In some parts of Guatemala, monochromatics are the moda, so this would likely be worn with a multi-green skirt if the woman is from one of those areas. (In […]

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Telenovelas in Pan-Latino Context by June Carolyn Erlick

Telenovelas in Pan-Latino Context

“A delightful, thoroughly researched and enlightening account of what is perhaps Latin America’s most important cultural phenomenon, the Telenovela.” —Alma Guillermoprieto, writer for The New York Review of Books and the author of A Heart That Bleeds. Who doesn’t enjoy a steamy romance? Add to that a dose of drama or hint of betrayal and you have all the makings of […]

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ARCAS Guatemala

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Overflowing with wildlife, ARCAS asks for help. Established in 1989 to rescue wild birds and animals, especially endangered species, the Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association (known as ARCAS, its Spanish acronym) has grown into one of the most complete rescue centers in the world. Receiving hundreds of animals each year at its three sites in Guatemala, ARCAS also faces a […]

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In the Highlands of Guatemala

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In the Highlands of Guatemala, one Maya Community is taking back its Cultural Identity. Innovative educational programs help the indigenous Poq’omchi’ of San Cristóbal Verapaz regain their voice after decades of oppression. On a sultry afternoon in late June, dozens of men, women and children pour enthusiastically into the “Salon Esperanza” at a high school in San Cristóbal, a predominantly Poq’omchi’-speaking, […]

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“Pets of Guatemala” Winners of the Revue Photo Contest Oct. 2017

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WINNERS BY POPULAR VOTE WINNERS BY EDITORIAL DECISION A special thanks to all the participating photographers — There were so many excellent images, we wish we could give out dozens more prizes. The winners and a number of other photographs will be published in the October, 2017 issue of Revue. The next photo contest will be announced at the end of September […]

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Independence Day in Guatemala

Independence Day in Guatemala

Independence Day in Guatemala is on September 15. On Sept. 14, Guatemalan runners from across the country ready themselves for the passing of the torch, known as the “Antorcha de la Independencia.” Year after year, the torch travels throughout Central America as a representation of the freedom and independence of the Central American peoples. In Guatemala, bystanders wave, whistle and […]

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Volcanoes of Guatemala

Volcanoes of Guatemala

“Three tectonic plates meet in Guatemala and the result is a wild and crazy adventure park with high and beautiful mountains, crater lakes and hundreds of volcanoes to form the spine of the country.” This is one of the best descriptions of Guatemala I have found was recently posted by Vanderbilt University archaeologist Arthur Demarest in “Five Things I Love […]

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Chapin Cookout

Chapin Cookout

Amalia’s Kitchen. A Fun Way to entertain Guatemalan style. It sure is that time of year in the United States when family and friends gather to enjoy the warm weather months cooking outdoors. In Guatemala, thankfully, this happens all year long! In Guatemala, a cookout is called a churrasco, and like the English word barbecue, it can refer to either grilled […]

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COFFEE IN CRISIS

Coffee in Crisis

How climate change impacts livelihoods in Guatemala. Guatemala is one of the most ecologically diverse nations on the planet, containing a vast abundance of natural resources. Many are unaware, though, how the areas in this region are being affected by threats from environmental degradation and climate change. Rural food producers who depend on natural resources face challenges. Meanwhile, Guatemala is […]

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Guardians of the Seeds

Guardians of the Seeds

Multinational Capitalism vs Traditional Cultures Preservation: Monoculture vs Biodiversity Preservation Guatemala offers foreigners and locals alike a steady stream of off-the-wall, perplexing and downright strange occurrences and situations. It’s one of the qualities of the country that has kept me coming back for three consecutive summers from Washington, D.C., and has lured thousands of extranjeros to relocate to the country […]

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The Magic Of Aromatic Herbs

The Magic Of Aromatic Herbs

I call vegetables the stars of my kitchen and aromatic herbs (and spices), superstars because they elevate a dish to a higher level, both in flavor, aroma and eye appeal. Imagine a caldo de res (beef soup) or a kaq ik (turkey soup from Coban) without aromatic herbs and vegetables. A typical caldo de res contains anywhere from 5-15 ingredients […]

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Don’t Call Me María part 2

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Indigenous women are fighting back to receive recognition of their textiles’ artistic value and a fair market share in the sales. A cloth huipil, open like a book, lay on Natalia and Flavio Otzin’s wooden table, sunshine bouncing off its bright red, purple and blue designs. Otzin swept her hand across the shapes as she explained each one, reading the […]

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Don’t Call Me María

Indigenous women

AFEDES is fighting through the Guatemalan constitutional courts to have Mayan cloth recognized as intellectual property of the Maya people and receive fair market compensation. For indigenous Maya women in Guatemala the clothes on their backs are sacred texts of their way of life. They tell a story of spirit and war, the heritage of an ancient people invaded by […]

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Guatemalan Chocolate, a Sweet Love Affair

Guatemalan chocolate

For chocolate lovers, Guatemala is a sweet place to be on Valentine’s Day. This is especially true if you visit La Antigua Guatemala, where chocoholics can indulge in so many delightful ways. Luscious chocolate bars, exquisite truffles and liquor-filled bonbons are but a few of the beautiful chocolate concoctions that are available at the many artisanal sweet shops scattered throughout […]

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