Doña Micaela sits on the floor, knees on a straw mat and a spool of cotton thread whittled in her hand. Behind her is a display of natural dyes, labeled for tourists. “Can I please take a picture of you?” I ask her in Spanish.
“She doesn’t understand,” her colleague, Doña Elena, answers. Elena translates to Tz’utujil, one of the 21 indigenous languages in Guatemala. Micaela smiles and nods.
Micaela and Elena are members of Ixoq... Continue Reading >>