Photo of Lacandon Maya shaman and leader Chan K'in Viejo. Naha Village, Selva Lacandona, Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve, Chiapas, Mexico.
Chan K'in Viejo said, "Without its mahogany a forest dies into jungle where only snakes can live. Without Lacandon traditions the Hach Winik (Lacandon for True People) turn into drunken ladinos no different from those who burn and destroy our forest. When the last Lacandon dies the world will come to an end."
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 - Naha Village Chiapas Mexico
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