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Musician, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico, 1990

When I arrived in Chiapas in February 1990, I stumbled upon a celebration of indigenous culture in the main square of San Cristóbal de las Casas. The event brought performers from other regions of Mexico, but indigenous culture is especially rich in Chiapas where many still speak Mayan languages. In fact, Chiapas has more in common with its neighbour, Guatemala, of which it was once part, than with the Mestizo culture of other parts of Mexico.

© 1990, 2002 Richard McGuire