Each pueblo around lago Atitlan is different, with distinct municipalidads and community traditions. San Juan la Laguna is one of the most organized of the pueblos, with women's weaving collectives and coffee and construction collectives. They are also pioneering in the renaissance of using natural dye in Maya weaving. The walls of their town and boast an extensive collection of murals, most featuring Maya images and traditions. Despite it's relatively small population-- around 5000 mostly Tzutujil Maya people, the scope and creativity of San Juan's alfombras. were spectacular.
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Louise "Luisa" Wisechild, PhD
I first visited Guatemala in 1995 as a member of the Vashon Island sister city delgation to Santiago de Atitlan, Guatemala.