Lacandón Maya: jungle guide

The family grow their own poultry.

I liked Nah Kin at first sight. She was our jungle guide when I stayed at the Lacanjá jungle camp, called Campamento Río Lacanjá.

She is 50 years old and very optimistic and jolly. Her name in Maya means The House of the Sun, and she seemed just that: as warm as the Sun, like all the Lacandón Maya. She walked in the jungle barefoot. She does not possess a pair of shoes and would find it hard to get used to them. She is fit and quick; we struggled to follow her.

Nah Kin works as a jungle guide and she also makes lovely bracelets and necklaces from the seeds of the amber tree – a great souvenir, a more interesting version of friendship bracelets. The Lacandón Maya have to be so versatile to make a living. She has four adult sons, and one of them is a teacher, as she proudly told me. Her husband is now with another woman and she did not seem to be too distressed by that. Traditionally polygamy was practised here (and if you talk to Ch’ol Maya in nearby Yaxchilán, they will tell you that the Lacandón still practise it!). But if her husband left her for another woman, I would not call that polygamy. That happens everywhere!

With Chan Bor Yuk in his home.
Waterfalls Cascadas de Moctuniha.

Waterfalls Cascadas de Moctuniha.

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