Here we are on the way to the ruins of Iximché. After an hour of walking punctuated by showers, we enter the historic site of the ancient city Maya. The rain has given way to an almost mystical mist, pierced by the few temples whose passage of centuries has saved the grandeur. From its foundation in 1470 until the arrival of the Spanish settlers in 1524, Iximché was the capital of Maya Kaqchikel territory. The site consists of several stone temples dedicated to the Gods, palaces and two Mesoamerican pelota fields. It was not until the 1960s that the ruins of Iximché were recognized as part of the Guatemalan National Monuments.
We continue our visit in the past, when we arrive in a more remote space, protected by a pine fortress. We are now facing the present. The one from this group, Maya Kaqchikel identity, who meets monthly to make offerings to the Gods to thank them for their personal and collective achievements. Yellow flowers encircle a pine needle fire. White flowers draw a path to an altar dedicated to the deities. Good news succeeds one another, punctuated by collective prayers.
A man then takes place in the center of the group. He is a professor at one of the universities in the region. He sets out in an explanation of the program he wants to create on the decolonization of the mind and knowledge. He explains to the people who encircle him that the Mayan communities undergo a material and symbolic oppression from which they must emancipate themselves. That is why he made a request to the ministry to set up a department of decolonization studies – it would be the first in Guatemala.
Mayan communities are the actors of various militant movements to defend their rights, whether through NGOs like Wuqu’Kawoq or in their daily lives.