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Global Fiction > Market at San Francisco El Alto, Guatemala by unesco unesco

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Date added
May 17, 2007
Date taken
May 16, 2007
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The largest open-air market in Central America, held every Friday.


Gigapan Comments (25)

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  1. Maria Luisa Crawford

    Maria Luisa Crawford (March 06, 2012, 03:10PM )

    This gigapan is seriously misplaced. San Francisco El Alto is not in the Peten as shown here rather it is closer to Quetzaltenango at 14.9451 N and -91.4431 W

  2. ks | Darkroom

    ks | Darkroom (February 26, 2011, 08:04AM )

    Busy Gigapan! Please check mine, it was taken in Beirut, Lebanon: gigapan.org/gigapans/67894/

  3. Laura Tomokiyo

    Laura Tomokiyo (May 18, 2007, 08:29AM )

    There are many questions about the colorful clothing, headwraps, and baby slings. Some generation information about Guatemalan traditional dress can be found here: www.rutahsa.com/traje.html 

  4. unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala

    unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala (May 18, 2007, 08:29AM )

    Indigenous vs. modern clothing: Spanish as a second language is required in all the schools, but some teachers in really isolated communities may use native languages to teach the regular classes.

  5. unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala

    unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala (May 18, 2007, 08:27AM )

    Colander cooking: no, the Spanish-descended people don't have so many children in a family, maybe 2 or 3.

  6. unesco unesco

    unesco unesco (May 18, 2007, 08:26AM )

    Indigenous vs. modern clothing: If the people speak a native language at home, do they also speak it at school? Or do they speak Spanish at school?

  7. unesco unesco

    unesco unesco (May 18, 2007, 08:24AM )

    Colander cooking: Do the Spanish-descended people also have many children in a family, or just the indigenous groups?

  8. unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala

    unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala (May 18, 2007, 08:07AM )

    Hats: part of the traditional male outfit. Men always wear them. Maybe because they're working in the sun.

  9. unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala

    unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala (May 18, 2007, 08:07AM )

    Guatemalan cooking is designed to make it easy to make food for large groups. Indigenous people would need to cook for a large crowd. It's not unusual to have 12 children in a family.

  10. unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala

    unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala (May 18, 2007, 08:06AM )

    Baby on mother's back: no, they don't worry about the baby falling out - everyone carries their baby this way.

  11. unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala

    unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala (May 18, 2007, 08:05AM )

    Poles: one thing they might be for is building a fence.

  12. unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala

    unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala (May 18, 2007, 08:04AM )

    Cows: they might be for sale. If they are for sale, it would probably be for milk, probably not for eating, although it's possible. However, they are probably not for sale; I think they are just grazing. Maybe someone who came to the market brought them along; maybe this is just the place where they usually graze.

  13. unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala

    unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala (May 18, 2007, 08:03AM )

    Colored ropes: people use them for making nets to carry things, tying animals, etc. In this area, they might use them to pull boats. People do use ropes a lot but it is unusual to have this many rope vendors.

  14. unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala

    unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala (May 18, 2007, 08:03AM )

    Chickens: The chickens are probably for eating, maybe for laying eggs.

  15. unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala

    unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala (May 18, 2007, 08:02AM )

    Cooking: the woman on the right is cooking tortillas. I can't tell what the woman on the left is cooking but it's probably some sort of soup. You always have a tortilla with your food - even if you don't use it for wrapping food you just have one to eat. People coming to the market would buy some to eat.

  16. unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala

    unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala (May 18, 2007, 08:01AM )

    Televisions and water: these are definitely televisions for sale. People might ask a friend to help carry them home or they might ask for a ride from one of the few people with a car.

  17. unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala

    unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala (May 18, 2007, 08:01AM )

    Rice?: This is not rice. It looks like food for pigs.

  18. unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala

    unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala (May 18, 2007, 08:00AM )

    Tourist: there are not too many tourists that come here, but the major Mayan ruins are not too far to the north, so sometimes people do come "off the beaten track."

  19. unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala

    unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala (May 18, 2007, 07:58AM )

    Bag of pots: that kind of net bag is one thing people use ropes for.

  20. unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala

    unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala (May 18, 2007, 07:58AM )

    Sewing machines: it does look like they are going to sew something right there! I don't know, though - I've never seen that before.

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