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Photo of Lacandon Maya spear-fishing, Laguna Lacanja, Lacanja Village, Selva Lacandona, Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve, Chiapas, Mexico


Photo of K'in Bor spear-fishing at Laguna Lacanja, near Lacanja Village, Selva Lacandona, Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve, Chiapas, Mexico



Even though he wears western clothing, his fishing talents are true Lacandon. While trekking to Laguna Lacanja K'in Bor stops and points to the ground saying, "Serpente". It's a nauyaca (pit viper or fer-de-lance). My eyes are about two feet from the snake and it takes awhile to see the virtually invisible snake on the forest floor. I wonder how bare-footed Lacandons can see a deadly snake, or spider, in this camouflaged environment? Their senses detect things that we don't even know exist.



He starts sniffing the air and spots a wild boar. A little later he smells honey and finds a bee hive. Here, there's a whole different palate of senses.



The Lacandons are indigenous peoples of La Selva Lacandona in Chiapas, Mexico. They refer to themselves as the Hach Winik or True People. The Lacandon culture has lived in the Lacandon Rainforest for hundreds of years. It is said the Lacandons are direct descendants of the classical civilizations of Palenque, Yaxchilan and Bonampak.

Location of picture - Near Lacanja Village Chiapas Mexico

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