ALTOS

The Maya of the Guatemalan Highlands

Cory Zimmerman

 
If I destroy you, I destroy myself. If I honor you, I honor myself.
— Hunbatz Men
 
Campamento, Guatemala

Campamento, Guatemala

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Chuacorral, Guatemala

Chuacorral, Guatemala

Chuacorral, Guatemala

Chuacorral, Guatemala

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El Bejucal, Guatemala

El Bejucal, Guatemala

Chicazanga, Guatemala

Chicazanga, Guatemala

El Hatio, guatemala

El Hatio, guatemala

Las Joyas, guatemala

Las Joyas, guatemala

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El Hatio, Guatemala

El Hatio, Guatemala

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El Hatio, Guatemala

El Hatio, Guatemala

El Bejucal, Guatemala

El Bejucal, Guatemala

 
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The best benefits that education brings me is a good future for my life so I can achieve my dreams and my goals.

The best benefits that education brings me is a good future for my life so I can achieve my dreams and my goals.

The benefits of education is that if we don’t have education we can’t reaching anything. That’s why we have to have education.

The benefits of education is that if we don’t have education we can’t reaching anything. That’s why we have to have education.

The benefits that education gives to me are the work opportunities and thanks to the work I can help my family.

The benefits that education gives to me are the work opportunities and thanks to the work I can help my family.

 
 

YENY

When she was only 13 years old, Yeny (pronounced Jenny) began to go door to door to teach the children of her small highland village how to brush their teeth. Now 17, she still goes door to door, providing fluoride treatments, handing out tooth brushes and still teaching how to brush on a comical pair of false teeth that draw laughter from the children. She has a box she keeps in her families home with a bottle of aspirin that she distributes to people who show up at her door in pain. Her dream is to be a doctor, and a few days a week she walks down a long trail to the village at the base of the mountain where she studies medicine. If all goes according to plan she will graduate this summer with a degree in nursing, and she will be allowed to administer medicine to the people of her village. Although for the time being her box only contains aspirin, she hopes that she will receive donated medications from a local NGO. Yeny, still a child, yet already a leader in her community, makes her mother proud. When I asked her how she felt about Yeny's unique ambition to help the people of her village, she smiled wide as she warmed a tall stack of tortillas for me over the wood fired stove in the family kitchen. When I asked Yeny if she was proud of herself, she did not understand the concept, she did not see herself as separate from her neighbors, and she expressed no pride. She was simply a human doing what humans are suppose to do, care for one another.

 
Yeny

Yeny

Yeny

Yeny

Yeny applying a floured treatment to a small girl in her village.

Yeny applying a floured treatment to a small girl in her village.

 
A map Yeny drew of her village to help her find her way from home to home.

A map Yeny drew of her village to help her find her way from home to home.

 
Chuacorral, Guatemala

Chuacorral, Guatemala

El Bejucal, Guatemala

El Bejucal, Guatemala

Chuacorral, Guatemala

Chuacorral, Guatemala

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Las Joyas, Guatemala

Las Joyas, Guatemala

 
Las Joyas, Guatemala

Las Joyas, Guatemala

Las Joyas, Guatemala

Las Joyas, Guatemala

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Choiguel, Guatemala

Choiguel, Guatemala

 
Panajachel, Guatemala

Panajachel, Guatemala

San Andrés Itzapa, Guatemala

San Andrés Itzapa, Guatemala

 
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Las Joyas, Guatemala

Las Joyas, Guatemala

 
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Choiguel, Guatemala

Choiguel, Guatemala

 
Images drawn by children when asked to depict migration to the United States. Migrant children attempt to climb the border wall using a latter.

Images drawn by children when asked to depict migration to the United States. Migrant children attempt to climb the border wall using a latter.

 
Images drawn by children when asked to depict migration to the United States. A border patrol agent is shooting a migrant with his arms raised.

Images drawn by children when asked to depict migration to the United States. A border patrol agent is shooting a migrant with his arms raised.

Images drawn by children when asked to depict migration to the United States. Amongst migrants riding a top the infamous “La Bestia”, one migrant is being crushed to death.

Images drawn by children when asked to depict migration to the United States. Amongst migrants riding a top the infamous “La Bestia”, one migrant is being crushed to death.

 
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Choiguel, Guatemala

Choiguel, Guatemala

Chuacorral, Guatemala

Chuacorral, Guatemala

Choiguel, Guatemala

Choiguel, Guatemala

Las Joyas, Guatemala

Las Joyas, Guatemala

Chuacorral, Guatemala

Chuacorral, Guatemala

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Choiguel, Guatemala

Choiguel, Guatemala

Choiguel, Guatemala

Choiguel, Guatemala

Maximon - San Simon Temple, San Andrés Itzapa, Guatemala

Maximon - San Simon Temple, San Andrés Itzapa, Guatemala

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Maximon - San Simon Temple, San Andrés Itzapa, Guatemala

Maximon - San Simon Temple, San Andrés Itzapa, Guatemala

Maximon - San Simon Temple, San Andrés Itzapa, Guatemala

Maximon - San Simon Temple, San Andrés Itzapa, Guatemala

Maximon - San Simon Temple, San Andrés Itzapa, Guatemala

Maximon - San Simon Temple, San Andrés Itzapa, Guatemala

 
Corn Flower Ceremony, Xela, Guatemala

Corn Flower Ceremony, Xela, Guatemala

 
Corn Flower Ceremony, Xela, Guatemala

Corn Flower Ceremony, Xela, Guatemala

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Las Carmelitas, Guatemala

Las Carmelitas, Guatemala

 
Campamento, Guatemala

Campamento, Guatemala

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Campamento, Guatemala

Campamento, Guatemala

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Campamento, Guatemala

Campamento, Guatemala

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Choiguel, Guatemala

Choiguel, Guatemala