Site, Modern Town
19th Century: The Finca
and Cultural Challenges
the Town Today
Cautions for Western Visitors
Employment and Other Needs
Tourism and Crafts
Community: Project Philosophy
The philosophy of the project is that, ethically, epistemologically,
and practically, the archaeological research cannot be separated
from the life and continuance of the modern Maya community. Archaeology
no longer can function to extract objects and knowledge from Third
World ground for export, as “conquest knowledge,” or
documentation of the booty of conquest, to the First World.
the same token, First World liberalist initiatives in the Third
World cannot any longer function only to produce an ecological and
cultural “park,” reifying or fixing in place, as if
dead, Maya and other cultures for the enjoyment of First World citizens.
A multivocal approach is necessary that seeks to integrate local
indigenous knowledge, perspectives, history, and autonomy, into
what otherwise must still attempt as much as possible to be an accumulative,
science-based knowledge enterprise.
a more practical level, helping the impoverished, marginalized townspeople
find alternative development strategies that are sustainable, that
is, that preserve local knowledge and cultural practices, is essential.
Currently, unplanned and disordered growth of the town in the form
of shack housing cutting into ancient mounds and destruction of
archaeological remains occurs because the sons of small-plot farmers
lack even the funds sufficient to escape their prison of unemployment,
abysmal sanitation and a future with no prospects.
many respects, but minus the individual suffering and the devastating
impact of 500 years of history, the quandary mirrors the Locality
vs Globalism dichotomy: one cannot have the one simultaneously while
respecting and encouraging the apparently completely contradictory
on the links to the left for more information on the Project's community
development efforts and archaeological research.
The Project (PACH) is currently working
to build awareness of the community's needs.
Here, the Project welcomes the German
ambassador to Chocolá.
Helping to build hope for the future of
Chocolá's people is an integral part
of the Project's mission.