“Anti-Columbus Day” Celebrations at Tikal, 2011

For Maya communities in Guatemala and Belize, mid-October is a time to remember and participate in celebrations that were important to mark the passing of years long before Columbus arrived in this part of the world. These photos capture moments during one of these celebrations at Tikal in 2011. Reclaiming sacred centers and continuing to participate in spiritual ceremonies reminds the world that indigenous communities throughout the Americas not only have a rich past that pre-dates colonial conquest, but also a vibrant present despite widespread efforts to control and erase it.

Kristina Baines is our resident cool anthropologist. She’s been formally trained in applied, sociocultural, ecological and medical anthropology at Florida Atlantic University (BA, MA), the University of Oxford (MSc) and the University of South Florida (PhD). She has a strong interest in corn, how what we do in our environment makes us well, and using innovative methods to make anthropology relevant and accessible to a wide audience. You can find out more about how these interests translate into projects and pursuits by perusing the rest of our site, or you can contact her directly at kristina@coolanthropology.com

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