Maya Traditions Journal

Upcoming Events!!!

Posted by on October 14, 2010

November is our continuation of our leadership training for Maya Traditions scholarship students. More details to come…In other news, our Production Director is a nominated recipient to attend the TINKUY de TEJEDORES: A Gathering of Weavers in Peru’s Sacred Valley! We hope she receives this honor. In addition, we are hoping to be selected to attend the Fair Trade Conference in Bilbao, Spain in late November. In December we will have a Benefit Concert with special guests: Grammy Award Nominee Giovanni Pinzon and  Pablo Robledo, Pat Volpi, and Josue  Eleazar Aguilar to promote our new Environmental Initiative: “Reciclando para Mejorar Mi Mundo”. More detail on this event will be posted separately.

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Qiejel Comunity visit/ Visita a la Comunidad Quiejel

Posted by on October 11, 2010

My name is Esti and I come from Northern Spain. This is my first week volunteering for Maya Traditions in Panajachel, Guatemala. The Foundation is based in Jucanya, very close to the amazingly beautiful Lake Atlitan, an area surrounded by Kakchiquel, Kiche and Tzutuhil Maya comunities.On thursday we went to visit one of the women weavers comunities we work with. The remote Qiejel community.I travelled with Herlinda, a Kiche Maya girl who distributes and supervises the weavers work in the different areas.The trip to the community was an adventure for me. First we took one of the colorful local buses

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Seeking Bookkeeper/Necesitamos contable!

Posted by on September 30, 2010

We are seeking an experienced bookkeeper who is bilingual in English and Spanish. The ideal candidate has extensive knowledge of Quickbooks and a background in working with fund accounting, cost accounting, manufacturing, and/or not-for-profit accounting.The hours are flexible and will require approximately 5-10 hours per week or less. However, during the initial transition, more will be needed. Pay will depend on experience.Minorities and women encouraged to apply.Estamos buscando un contable con experiencia y preferimos que el/ella es bilingüe en Inglés y Español. El candidato/a ideal tiene un amplio conocimiento de Quickbooks y experiencia con la contabilidad de fondos, contabilidad de gastos, la

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Volunteers Needed!

Posted by on August 27, 2010

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity during your stay in Panajachel? Come work with us and be a part of an organization that works to support indigenous women through Fair Trade.We are seeking: Bilingual volunteers who are fluent in Spanish and English to help with document translations Volunteers with a background in medicinal herbs  A computer savvy volunteer to help with updating publications A skilled market research volunteer Please email Robin at [email protected] if you are interested!

Fair Trade Show in Guatemala!

Posted by on August 19, 2010

Are you a buyer interested in Fair Trade goods? Come visit us at the New World Crafts Central American Fair Trade show  in September ! The feria is being held in historic Antigua, Guatemala at the Hotel Casa Santo Domingo on September 8th and 9th. Come see our new line and, if you have time, participate in a tour of beautiful Lake Atitlan before or after the show. You can take a tour to some of our artisans’ villages, or just visit our store and gardens in beautiful Panajachel and receive a demonstration in back strap weaving!Please email [email protected] for more

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Upcoming Fair Trade Tour!

Posted by on August 13, 2010

Fundación Tradiciones Mayas (FTM) invites you to explore the culture and artisan communities of Guatemala through a unique, 10 day Fair Trade and Textile Tour from  Sunday  24th of October to Tuesday 2nd of November 2010. Please join us as we at FTM, and the communities we support, open the doors for a rare insight into the culture of Guatemala and the weaving tradition of the back strap loom.  This tour promotes the importance of Fair Trade and culturally aware eco-travel within the region and enables master weavers of Guatemala to share their knowledge as cultural guardians and educators. You

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Who Are We?

Posted by on August 13, 2010

Maya Traditions(Fundación Tradiciones Mayas)was founded 13 years ago by Jane Mintz. Jane was a long time social worker, and later became a tapestry weaver and teacher. She began this Foundation during the civil war in Guatemala. Her hope was to help support the women and families suffering during those dark years.Today, Maya Traditions works with approximately 90 women in six villages in Guatemala. The women are skilled artisans in backstrap weaving, Ikat dye, crochet, and basketry. Their work is sold through our Foundation in the form of purses, wallets, belts, home goods, scarves, and many other accessories. In return, the

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