Unmasking the Maya

  Maya kids study Sna Jtz’ibajom’s literacy program has taught 6,500 men, women, and children to read and write in their mother tongue.   Actor 1 Portrait
Xun Teratol Lopis
Actor 2 Portrait Actor 3 Portrait Actor 4 Portrait Actor 5 Portrait
Kristobal Tz'it Nujkul
Tziak Tza'pat Tz'it
Sokoro Komis
Xun Karlos Luna Péres
  The nine Indian members of Sna Jtz’ibajom are from the Maya communities of Chamula,Tenejapa, and Zinacantán, in the rugged mountains that surround the colonial city of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas.
Map of Chiapas
Actor 6 Portrait Actor 7 Portrait Actor 8 Portrait Actor 9 Portrait
Maruch Rosenta te la Krus
Norma Marta Karsya Lopis
Xlil Ial Tz'ujkin
Chep Ernantis

Scene with Shaman

Scene with Signs

Under the guidance of New York stage director Ralph Lee and later, Michael Garcés, the group evolved from puppet theatre to a full-blown acting company. Teatro Lo'il Maxil (The Monkey Business Theatre) writes and performs plays for Maya and Ladino audiences in southern Mexico and Central America, and for migrant workers in places like Florida.

Maya Audience in Tenejapa

Maya Audience in Zinacantan

Maya Audience in Chamula

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