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: Development Goals
Both the goal and the means to the goal are vital. Given the assaults
on Maya culture and people in Guatemala and at Chocolá over
centuries, it is astonishing that any town remains. Given these
assaults, it is no wonder that the community lacks cohesion and
Maya cultural core resides with elders and the women of the town.
It is with these respected persons and the young people that preservation
of traditions, both Maya and ladino, can be achieved, and, as a
result, the notion of local community, as steward not only of cultural
but also of biological diversity, is made real.
For a planet’s ecology to continue to be of the sort that
we in the West want and value, locality and diversity are essential.
Truly, we in the West, with our banks, armies, and all-powerful
multinational corporations, need the humble Maya farmer of Chocolá.
Although Guatemala's past has been a dark
one, its future is bright in the faces of
its young people.
to the community, PACH staff teach
an English course during the summer
to interested Chocolenses.