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Dec 2, 2014

Documentary to be made on Tata Duende

Since Saturday, the couple has been in Belize to promote the series, but surprisingly, they were also contacted by an investigative reporter from out of Canada. The production company wanted to feature the Tata Duende as a creature for its show entitled, Boogeyman. The show, with the assistance of the Lizarragas, would see a documentary made on the Belizean mythical creature that essentially protects the animals and jungle in Belize.


Grissy G Lizarraga, Animator

Grissy G Lizarraga

“It’s a travel series documentary basically exploring a country through the cultural beliefs of monsters and of course Tata Duende caught their attention. Since we’ve been doing this and we are online, they found our information, they gave us a call and when we heard that they were coming to Belize, we told them that we will meet you there. And here we are today, promoting it. We were in San Ignacio since Saturday and we have been meeting with several persons. We met with Maria Garcia from the Garcia sisters and she was so beautiful and loving and kind to us and she helped us do an offering to Tata Duende…so we did a smudging and cleansing and offering to Tata Duende and the spirits that they will continue to help us with this project and bring it in our culture. And we hope that this will inspire all our Belizeans to remember him and make an offering for themselves, because this is something in our culture that we need to preserve.”


Dismas Lizarraga

Dismas Lizarraga, Artist

“Because it was an oral culture, an oral tradition, we believe that by documenting like this, we can preserve a part of that. What we do understand about this is that it is something that everyone adds to it. It is not my Tata Duende, it is not your Ixtabai; it’s our Belizean tradition, it is like folklore, it’s the people’s tale. And we are just like custodians to just help transform the information and have people input.”


According to the Lizarragas, they have documented fourteen mythical creatures of Belize in the series and will be doing short animations on each of the myths. The goal, says the couple, is to get the books into the Belizean education system. The books are available online at, on E-books as well as hard copies. 

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4 Responses for “Documentary to be made on Tata Duende”

  1. belizean says:

    These things do not belong in our education system. How about some more Science instead of fairy tales. I get the whole culture aspect, maybe a mention in History class, but for goodness sake stop taking up our children’s valuable time with this hullabaloo. The only time this should be mentioned is in history or psychology class and how it was useful to keep control and scare people when education was not widespread.

  2. Maria Canto says:

    I agree with the comment made by belizean. I recently wrote several positive books that I hoping to get into stores like Brodies very soon for children and adults. It is my hope that my affirmations, yoga and meditation books will help as many people as possible stay positive during these difficult times.

  3. gray lady says:


    you’re too funny. I was thinking the same thing, but didn’t want to be rude. Two things came to mind after reading the statements from the couple: 1. The Lizes sound like people sitting on a trust fund with lots of time on their hands. 2. They smoke too much weed.

  4. Teddy Steinway says:

    They could show the video at recess on a rainy day.

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