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This girl is a mermaid like mayan girl in the highlands of Chiapas in Mexico.

San Lorenzo Zinacantán (7km west of Chamula) is another Tzotzil-speaking community. Today, the flower trade is the principal means that local people make a living and the hillsides are dotted with greenhouses. It is one of the most colorful communities in the highlands, and this can be seen in their brilliant red, blue and purple clothing embroidered with large flowers.

In Zinacantán, you can visit families and learn more about daily Maya life. This little girl showed us their family altar, the house fire where the tortilla is prepared and receive a demonstration of backstrap weaving (a tradition that has been practised since ancient times) where we also had a chance to buy some of their beautiful work.

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Additional Photos by Pinar Erol (Amphitrite) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 3 N: 219] (1720)
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