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Return of the Maya
Return of the Maya
Item#: 137
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$85.00
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Running Time: 29 minutes
G 9-Adult
Bruce Roscoe, John de Graaf

 

"A compelling and optimistic portrayal that gives voice to the Maya past and present, and dramatizes the power of historical and cultural survival."
- Professor James Loucky, Guatemala Scholars Network

"Return of the Maya is a very accessible introduction to the Mayan Indian Guatemalan refugees in Mexico, and a highly useful tool for both educators and activists."
- Rob Haberman, Coordinator, Guatemala Solidarity Organization

"Recommended. Outline(s) the terrible situation of the Guatemalan refugees in understandable human terms."
- Video Librarian

"Useful for classes in world affairs, sociology, and South American studies."
- School Library Journal

 

 

 

This title is currently offered on VHS, but can be converted to DVD upon request.

A millennium ago the Maya were one of the most advanced civilizations on earth. But for the last 500 years they have been treated as second-class citizens in their own land. In the last decade, more than 100,000 have fled their homes in Guatemala to escape violent repression.

After portraying the plight of the Mayans, the video tells the unusual story of how these refugees are rediscovering their heritage. Near a spartan refugee camp in Mexico is the ancient Mayan city of Edzna. Working with archaeologists, refugees are excavating the elaborate ruins of their ancestors.