Greeting the judges


The dance (Better on video!)


Tecun Uman was the Mayan leader who led the last resistance to the Spanish Conquistadores.

The Quetzal is a bird with a red breast, and it is Guatemala's national symbol. The legend is that it's breast became red with the blood of the dying Tecun Uman. The Quetzal cannot live in captivity

Students celebrate 'Tecun Uman' day recalling their Mayan roots.

Many schools elect a Mayan Princess. Candidates do a typical folk dance, dress in traditional clothes, and have to give a speech, in the Mayan language and then in Spanish

An independent jury picks the winner, who represents the school on various occasions


The speech


School marimba provides music

waiting ..
and waiting ...
and the winner is
Final dance
Tomales for all