Where: Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
How much: $6,500 USD
Anthropologists have written scores of books about the Mayan culture, but the Mayans have not written about their own culture since long before Cortes invaded. When we met Tata Pedro Cruz and his daughter Nana Marina, we were enthralled by the extent of their knowledge, and their eagerness to make a Mayan book of Mayan cosmology and wisdom. We financed travel and research material in an ambitious effort for them to visit the last remaining Mayan wisdom keepers to film and record their stories, thus documenting what has previously only been an oral tradition. The book is currently still in process, and encompasses the Mayan calendar, ritual, art, history and cosmology.