WATER FOR LIFE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE WITH THE LACANDONES
Water for Life, International Art Exhibition 5th Edition will be held at the Archeological Museum of Palenque, in the State of Chiapas, MEXICO from March 23rd to April 2nd, 2023.
Palenque is considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites, for its cultural, historical, and scientific significance and is one of the most important pre-Hispanic cities in Chiapas, Mexico, with an impressive natural beauty, receiving over 920,470 visitors per year.
We are pleased to share that we were able to secure an exclusive cultural experience together with the “Lacandones”, a Mayan indigenous Community who lives in the jungle away from civilization in the Mexican state of Chiapas.
The Lacandon are one of the Maya peoples who live in the jungles of the Mexican state of Chiapas, near the southern border with Guatemala avoiding contact with whites. Lacandon customs remain close to those of their pre-Columbian ancestors. As recently as the late 19th century some bound the heads of infants, resulting in the distinctively shaped foreheads seen in Classic Maya Art. And well into the 20th century, they continued using bows and arrows and making arrowheads from flint they quarried in the rainforest.
Their homeland, the Lacandon Jungle, lies along the Mexican side of the Usumacinta River and its tributaries. The Lacandon are one of the most isolated and culturally conservative of Mexico’s native peoples. Almost extinct in 1943, today their population has grown significantly, yet remains small, at approximately 650 speakers of the Lacandon language.