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Sacred City of the Mayan Indians (1936)

A visit to Chichicastenango, Guatemala, where Mayan civilization flourished.


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James A. FitzPatrick ...
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We visit Chichicastenango, a Mayan city in central Guatemala. Indians have remained Mayan while adapting some features of European culture: architecture, dress, and religion have White influences, but the people's personality - their control of emotion from childhood - the use of the cochineal for dye, hand-ground corn in the diet, the absence of horses and wheels to save labor, and the presence of pagan fires on the steps of churches, all give a Mayan character to the town. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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mayan | guatemala | corn | dye | fire | See All (26) »


Documentary | Short






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22 February 1936 (USA)  »

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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)



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1.37 : 1
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18 May 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Sacred City of the Mayan Indians (1936)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

TravelTalks entry takes us to Chichicastenango, Guatemala where we get to learn the ways of the Mayan civilization. James A. FitzPatrick narrates and teaches us about their early history and life today. We learn that many of their architectural buildings are no longer around because they were never able to properly build an arch. We also learn that they don't do things to please tourists and that their marketplaces are rather laid back as they really don't go out of their way to sell their items. We learn about them making their own clothes, having real dye and the importance of corn. If you've seen one film in this series then you pretty much know what to expect. Once again the real highlight is the Technicolor that brings the short to life and of course we're given some nice information on the place. One would think that FitzPatrick keeps talking about the great "white man" way too much and appears to be taking stuff away from the Indians.

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