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Reuters: Garifuna’s Endangered Culture

Reuters: Garifuna’s Endangered Culture

Descendants of African slaves who fled to Guatemala two centuries ago honored their ancestors in a wild celebration of a culture threatened by mass migration to the United States. Hundreds of people from the Black Carib Garifuna culture re-enacted their forefathers’ arrival in Guatemala by dugout canoe, then swayed through the streets to the sound […]

Reuters: Booze Ban doesn’t stop Guatemalan Horse Race

Reuters: Booze Ban doesn’t stop Guatemalan Horse Race

Despite a drinking ban mayhem erupted at a traditional Mayan horse race with riders falling off their horses and drunken spectators stumbling through the mountain village. Hundreds of tourists and locals gathered for the annual spectacle in Todo Santos Cuchumatan on Sunday to cheer the dozens of riders charging back and forth along a 330-foot […]

Reuters: Bloody Battle in Mayan Mirador

Reuters: Bloody Battle in Mayan Mirador

One of Guatemala’s greatest ancient Mayan cities may have died out in a bloody battle atop a huge pyramid between a royal family and invaders from hundreds of miles away, archaeologists say. Researchers are carrying out DNA tests on blood samples from hundreds of spear tips and arrowheads dug up with bone fragments and smashed […]

Reuters: Tough Return for Deported Guatemalans

Reuters: Tough Return for Deported Guatemalans

Luis Hernandez earned $22.50 an hour and shared a modern apartment as a construction worker in Salt Lake City, Utah, before being deported back to a tin-roof shack in a Guatemala City slum where tattooed members of violent street gangs lurk at every corner. Broke and facing the reality of life back here after being […]

Reuters: Support for Guatemalan Narcotraffickers

Reuters: Support for Guatemalan Narcotraffickers

Local community defends family accused of drug trafficking Residents of a poor Guatemalan town have rallied around a family sought by the United States for drug trafficking but respected at home for handing out food, jobs and medicine to people in need. Guatemala has become a major transit route for drugs smuggled north to Mexico […]