Jolom Konob’ (Santa Eulalia) in northern Huehuetenango is one of the most important towns of the Q’anjob’al Maya nation. It is also one of the most distant points in the Highlands that one can visit from Guatemala City, more than ten hours by car in the heart of the Cuchumatanes Mountains.
Santa Eulalia is also one of the Maya towns best known in the ethnographic literature on the indigenous people of Guatemala due to the famous book written by Oliver LaFarge La Costumbre en Santa Eulalia (1932), based on the author’s experiences there studying the indigenous calendar of the Q’anjob’ales and the practice of traditional Maya religion (la costumbre).
For some time a group of young people from Jolom Konob’ have been interested in deepening their understanding of the ancient sacred calendar (Stxolilal Q’inale’ in Q’anjob’al) that has been of such interest to Maya researchers since the time of LaFarge.
The young people’s organization of Santa Eulalia, known as Ach’ej-Q’opoj (jóvenes and señoritas in Spanish), through the efforts of Kaxho (Gaspar Pedro) and B’alam Sotz’ (Pedro Toledo), who are advanced students of epigraphy, contacted the Sak Chuwen group to put on a workshop in their town.
To be continued.
Written by Alejandro Garay of Sak Chuwen Group, translated from Spanish to English by Bruce Love.