GUATEMALA / REPUBLICA DE GUATEMALA

In Central America; mostly mountains with narrow coastal plains and rolling limestone plateau; 108,890 km2 (slightly < TN), 13% arable.

Capital Guatemala (pop. 1,1M)
Population 13M (119.4/km2)
Life expectancy 70 years
HIV/AIDS 1.1%
Literacy 69%
Lang(s) Spanish (60%), Amerindian languages (40% - 23 officially recognized Amerindian languages, including Quiche, Cakchiquel, Kekchi, Mam, Garifuna, and Xinca)
Religions Roman Catholic, Protestant, indigenous Mayan beliefs
Ethnic Groups Mestizo, or Ladino (mixed Amerindian-Spanish or assimilated Amerindian and European) (59%), K’iche (9%), Kaqchikel (8%), Mam (8%), Q’eqchi (6%), other Mayan (9%)
Gov’t Constitutional democratic republic
GDP/cap $5,400
PCVs 1963-present; agriculture, environment, health and business development (Volunteers in country: 184; TTD: 4,366)
Nat’l holiday Independence Day, 15 September (1821)


Focus word for 2010 - “Justice”

K’iche: suk’umalil (sook-oo-ma-leel)


Books

The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala
by Mark Brazaitis
Book Description
Fictional chronicles of a life in an impoverished Guatemalan town. Pervading each tale is ex-Peace Corps volunteer Brazaitis's understanding of the intricate social stratifications of his characters' rural community.
Fictional chronicles of a life in an impoverished Guatemalan town written by an Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.


Kids' Books

The Honey Jar
by Menchu, Rigoberta
Grounwood Books, c2006

Ages 8 to 12.


Music

Adentro
Ricardo Arjona
Norte


Films

What Sebastian Dreamt (Rodrigo Rey Rosa)


Recipes

Hilachas/Shredded Beef in Tomato Sauce
Budin de Yuca/Cassava Root Souffle
Chojin/Radish and Fried Pork Rind Salad