This Traveltalks short visits the village of Chichicastenango, Guatemala and emphasizes the influence of the Mayan culture on its people. It shows how the residents intermingle ancient ... See full summary »
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James A. FitzPatrick ...
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Ildefonso Rossback ...
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This Traveltalks short visits the village of Chichicastenango, Guatemala and emphasizes the influence of the Mayan culture on its people. It shows how the residents intermingle ancient religious practices with Catholic teachings. Narrator FitzPatrick introduces, and greets on camera, Father Ildefonso Rossbach, a Catholic priest who ministers to the local population in the village and outlying areas. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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26 January 1946 (USA)  »

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James A. FitzPatrick's Traveltalks: Land of the Mayas  »

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Narrator: Peacefully reclining in the picturesque highlands of Guatemala lies the little town of Chichicastenango, one of the most colorful and interesting villages in all of Central America, it being the center of a region inhabited by almost 50,000 Indians, descendants of a once highly-civilized people known as Mayas, who inhabited this land about 2,000 years ago. The colorful and imposing archway which forms the main entrance to Chichicastenango, however, owes its construction to the ...
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TravelTalks
14 July 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Land of the Mayas (1946)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

TravelTalks entry takes a look at the Maya Indians and how they go about their lives each and everyday while holding on to the past but also looking to the future. We see how most of the men carry heavy packs on their backs and whenever they get light items they fill up with heavy rocks just so they can stay in shape. We also see how a Catholic priest showed up to teach them a new form of religion, which can also hold close to their own beliefs. This is a pretty nice entry in the long-running series and we get to learn a lot of interesting facts here. As usual, it was great fun seeing how life was back then and the Technicolor really helps and brings everything to life.


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