Where are the Maya?

A powerful short video on the effect on the Maya and Chiapan workforce being exploited in mexican tourist areas.  In all reality you’ll probably find the same sort of exploitation worldwide.  

In eleven days and nights of February 2010, the nine members of the Narco News School of Authentic Journalism’s documentary filmmaking group reported, investigated, interviewed, filmed and produced this 15:34 documentary about the descendants of the original indigenous peoples of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.

About Debi in Merida

I moved from Colorado Springs, Colorado USA to Merida, Yucatan, MX in January 2006. I love to read, garden, travel, and hang out with friends.
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7 Responses to Where are the Maya?

  1. Sharee says:

    Thanks for the post, Debi. I saw similar disparity in Ghana, and have grown up in Oklahoma with native tribes, whose tales include the Trail of Tears, only one of the known injustices. According to researchers, the struggle to survive and thrive is a key factor in developing the long range strength of a people and its ethos. Strange how that doesn't make it right, though.

  2. suk says:

    Debi, life is not fair isn't it. I love my Mayan people because we, Korean are related to them , mogolian. I wish those Spanish decendent who have money & power people should share their wealth & give equal oppotunity but it will not happen soon. At least I try to respect & give fair amount to our lady & pool gentle man. Hope someday a smart Mayan boy will be the president in Mexico & give them good education & job oppotunity. Tx for the article. Suk

  3. Lynn says:

    Thanks for sharing this.

  4. Paul says:

    Thanks for posting this, Debi. It's a painful story told throughout the world on many different levels, wherever there are haves (who insist on having more) and havenots…between management and labor. It happens whenever owners treat workers only as a means of production and not as fellow human beings.

    Meanwhile, in Merida, expats quibble with their maids over an extra 25 pesos and are careful not to commit to regular employment, so as to avoid opening themselves up to any basic human rights benefits, such as vacation or medical.

    Now that I am in Mexico, I am no longer a worker but am now one of the “haves”.

    This doesn't mean I have to act like one.

  5. 1st Mate says:

    It's easy to see who are the barbarians and who are the civilized people. Is that village an ejido? And if so, is there no protection from expulsion for them?

  6. Nancy says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Debi. I am always astounded at the incredible grace and strength of the Maya people. And contrasting that with spring breakers swilling beer…. oh, the world is really a mess, isn't it?

  7. norm says:

    I have toured the highland areas of the Maya, pretty places but way too many people living there for the amount of land so they migrate. If a crop can be raised on a plot of land in the highlands it has something growing on it, three crops a year and yet there is still not enough so they migrate. Family planning is their only way to make a good life and even then at least 3/4 of today's crop of kids will have to migrate as adults or their kids will starve. Education is the key to helping the Maya make their way as migrants, education is portable and can be spent anywhere but getting those kids of today educated is hard. The roads in the highlands tend to be little more than 4×4 dirt traces, the teachers do not want to live in the back country and it is too far for the kids to walk out. I do not have an answer.

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