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A Visit to Candelaria's House in Santa Catarina Palopo, Guatemala
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Huipils, Skirts (corte), belts (fajas), and doll clothes  that we have for sale from Santa Catarina Palopo.

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Candelaria offered to take Vanessa (my doll) and me to visit her village, Santa Catarina Palopo and her family's home.  Canderaria, her younger brother, Vanessa and I walked up the long narrow path to her house   1e30.JPG (28383 bytes)
Guarding the house was "Perito", her family's dog.  He liked to find the sunniest spot to hang out.

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Her house is made of adobe brick.  It has three rooms that open out into a open patio.

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The kitchen has a wood table covered with a beautiful hand-woven tzute (cloth) and a basket full of tortillas. 

We meet Candelaria's older sister who is weaving a new huipil (blouse) and her Abuela (Grandmother).  

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Candelaria also has 3 brothers. Two are home today. Like other boys from the town, they wear blue jeans and t-shirts.  

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During special fiestas they may wear traditional Mayan hand-woven shirts and pants.

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The kitchen stove works great. It burns wood and usually has a pot going.  The kitchen cabinet has a good supply of pots and pans.

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The family has running water.

The all-purpose sink is outside in the patio.  Its used for washing hands, dishes, clothes, and watering the chickens.

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Near the sink is a small hut.  Candelaria's brother explains that the hut is a sweat house that the family uses instead of a shower.  Its reminds me of a Scandinavian Sauna. 
The bags in front of the hut are filled with corn

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Mayan's call themselves the people of Maize (corn).  Candelaria's brothers help grow the corn in the family's small milpa (farm plot). The milpa is located high on the steep hills (see picture on right).  Its a long walk when you carry the harvest home.

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In another room of the house, Abuela removes kernels from the corn cobs. This room also serves as a bedroom  

 The corn is stored in a very modern small metal  silo you can see outside the window. 

 

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When its time to make the corn into tortillas, Abuela and the girls will grind the corn on the molino (grinding stone).  

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We pause for a formal picture of the family outside the house. The family speaks Kaqchikel, Mayan together.  Candelaria's Abuela doesn't speak Spanish, so we communicate with the universal language of smiles and fun.

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