Donated by Halla Linker Aguirre and California State University at Northridge, University Library in 2002
Television broadcast created by Hal Linker with his wife, Halla, and son, David. Footage was shot in several places throughout Guatemala and included Guatemala City, Tikal, Antigua, and Chichicastenango. The film highlights the mixture of the Mayan religion of Nahuatl new Christian beliefs and how many people have combined the two religions. Shots of Guatemala City emphasize the modernization of the city and how it has expanded to a population of one million out of the five and half million that live in the country. Scenes of this city highlight the abundant number of murals that grace the sides of many public buildings and which are used to reflect the history of the country. Tikal, a city hidden in the jungle and renown for its ruins of Mayan temples, is one of the great religious centers of Mayan pre-Columbia culture. Most of the temples and stone carvings found there are 1,000 to 2,000 years old. Numerous temples are highlighted, such as the Temple of the Giant Jaguar, the Temple of Masks, and Temple #4, which is the tallest of the temples reaching up to 220 feet high. Shots of Antigua include scenes of old and partially destroyed churches as well as the University of San Carlos Borromeo, which has been transformed into a museum. A scene of boys in native dress playing marimbas (a wooden xylophone type of instrument) is highlighted as well as a group of girls dancing in traditional costumes. In Chichicastenango, there are shots of mount Talang and Atitlan volcano which form the banks of Lake Atitlan. The men in Chichicastenango can be seen in unique outfits comprised of tan fedora-like hats, red striped shirts, black coats worn like capes, and skirts. The marketplace is also highlighted and women can be seen in colorful blouses selling necessities such as grain, sugar, and an assortment of textiles. The mixture of religions is also visible at the end of the broadcast through the many shots of people lighting their copal and doing the sign of the cross outside of a church in Chichicastenango.
Courtesy of Halla Linker
Human Studies Film Archives Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland 20746