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Handicrafts

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Handicrafts

     Discover real people in real places and what they are doing to stop slash and burn agriculture through productive and eco-logical practices. Many of our tours will take you to learn about the arts and crafts of different indigenous groups around the Maya World... There you may learn:

about natural waxes and candle making with the Q’eqchi people, in the Guatemalan Cloud Forest...
about tropical hardwoods and wood carving with different communities around Lake Peten Itza in northern Guatemala...
about the secrets ancestral weavers hid in their colors and designs, passed on an unbroken chain to the traditional weavers of Tactic, Alta Verapaz, Antigua Guatemala and around Lake Atitlan...
about paper-making with natural fibers in a tropical environment...
about making your own furniture by rescuing plants...

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Although plantations may sometimes even look gorgeous, like this tobbaco field in Copán, Honduras, monocultures are not only a nuisance to the environment, they are killing ancient crafts and skills, too...

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Guatemala's colorfull non-traditional exportables are well known around the world...

     From this rich learning experience you take home with you many other benefits are being derived:

empowering indigenous people to share their expertise and ancient knowledge...
empowering them to take control over their land and reclaiming a past that may help us all better understand the natural world and how to protect it...
allowing ecotourism to become a powerful ally for indigenous people’s economy and the conservation of their own protected areas, national parks and sanctuaries around them...
finding new markets for the handicrafts produced by our local partners in the areas we visit and placing more value on plants, woods and other materials used in making them...

     If you are specifically interested in learning more about handicrafts or joining a tour to visit our friends and partners, please write us an e-mail to:

handicrafts@ecotourism-adventure.com

  

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