Chiapas is a Mexican state not far from where it borders on Guatemala. It had been the hunting ground of tribes people for over 5,000 years when Spanish conquistadors arrived to rob them of their wealth, and convert them to Christianity. Those who could, took refuge on tall mountains, in deep ravines, and in the Lacanja valleys where ancient Lacanja Lost Mayan city ruins lay hidden in the jungle. Only a few hundreds of their descendants survived today.
Ancient Retreat of the Lacanja People
Those that do still cling to their traditions deep in almost impenetrable forest. Although their children no longer want to learn their culture or their language, the adults still call themselves the ‘Hack Winik’ or the True People of the Jungle. They follow the only way they know. But less than 15% of their habitat is left, and the sound of logging is drawing nearer.
Weep Oh Weep for the Loss of the Lacandan Rainforest
The Hack Winik know they cannot last much longer. Some have turned to becoming tour guides. They want to lead people to the Maya Lacanja Ruins in hope of a miracle that may never come. In this way, they manage to sustain themselves by building simple accommodation for visitors. Secretly, they want to cut their hair, and own a motorcar. Yet deep down they sense the call of ancients that built these mysterious Lacanja Ruins.
The Ruins of the Lacanja Lost Mayan City
Archaeologists discovered the site sometime in the 1930’s. They never excavated it, and they never returned to explore the archways intertwined with vines and trees. The Lacanja Lost Mayan city in Chiapas, Mexico has remained undisturbed since then. Nobody seems to have even bothered to explore the large block of Maya writing. I hope it will still be intact someday when this happens. What was this place? What should it mean to us in the era of global warming?