The largest open-air market in Central America, held every Friday.
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
Busy Gigapan! Please check mine, it was taken in
Beirut, Lebanon: gigapan.org/gigapans/67894/
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
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
Colander cooking: no, the Spanish-descended people
don't have so many children in a family, maybe
2 or 3.
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
Colander cooking: Do the Spanish-descended people
also have many children in a family, or just the
Hats: part of the traditional male outfit. Men
always wear them. Maybe because they're
working in the sun.
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.
Baby on mother's back: no, they don't
worry about the baby falling out - everyone
carries their baby this way.
Poles: one thing they might be for is building a
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.
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
Chickens: The chickens are probably for eating,
maybe for laying eggs.
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.
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.
Rice?: This is not rice. It looks like food for
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."
Bag of pots: that kind of net bag is one thing
people use ropes for.
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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