Unmasking the Maya

Preserving the Culture
Sna Jtz'ibajom's programs and plays: A renaissance
of Maya history, traditions, and political identity.

The first modern Maya travelers to the United States saw amazing things: pizza, escalators, subway trains, Pueblo Indian dances, inner city ghettoes. They watched the assassination of President Kennedy on TV, participated in the March on the Pentagon. The “other side” was a strange and terrifying place. Antzelmo Péres and Romin Teratol spent the rest of their lives recording the history, language, and customs of their people, so that their children and grandchildren would not forget what it was to be Maya.

  Antzelmo in Theatre In 1983, Antzelmo Péres, Maryan Kalixto, and Romin Teratol’s oldest son, Xun (“Shoon”), co-founded Sna Jtz’ibajom, the House of the Writer. This cooperative is dedicated to giving the Maya a new voice, on the stage, on radio, and on paper. Xun Portrait
  Actor with Horn Actor as Finca Wife Actor in Dress
  Audio Technician Maya Books Maya typing
Play Tzotzil

"Men and women
 come and dance.

In Tzotzil and Tzeltal, two of the thirty living Maya languages, they tell the world that ancient traditions are flourishing in the 21st century.
Play Tzeltal

"Men and women, 
thank you for 
being here.



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