Photo: Mayan Woman in Traditional Dress

Mayan Woman in Traditional Dress on Back Street

Mayan Woman in Traditional Dress on Back Street

Most Mexican states either totally conquered or assimilated their aboriginal peoples, the indigenous of Chiapas, have not been conquered or assimilated. These ancient Mayan groups speak their own languages, maintain their own culture and to a large degree govern themselves autonomously.  The relationship between the indigenous and the government is uneasy and on occasion has erupted into conflict like the the Zapatista conflict of 1994. Fighting has stopped but the issues remain. The indigenous are still poor and disenfranchised. The Mexican government remains frustrated in its desire to unite its population and unfortunately Chiapas suffers a loss of tourism because of a conflict that happened over fifteen years ago.

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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