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Oct 11, 2018

San Antonio Women Group Preserving Mayan Culture

In San Antonio Village, Cayo, a women’s group exists which aims at empowering women and preserving the Yucatec Mayan culture by teaching visitors how to make handmade tortillas and pottery.  It is taught through attention-grabbing presentations of traditional Mayan practices of pottery and tortilla making.  The media was taken to visit the group as part of B.T.B.’s Media Familiarization Trip. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo reports.


Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

Founded in 2001, the San Antonio Women’s Cooperative has nine official members.


Timotea Mesh

Timotea Mesh, Leader, San Antonio Women’s Cooperative

“We started gathering ladies just to teach them new ideas of things that we were not u sed to make in our daily routine like taking care of the kids, washing and ironing.”


Over the years the group has expanded, opening its doors to women in the village.


Timotea Mesh, Leader

“We have about twenty five people that are involved in the whole project because we had to recruit people because the work was a lot. So we had to hire people as well to do the serving, cooking, waiting. So we have about twenty five people involved in the whole project.”


The project is unique, one where the Yucatec Mayan culture meets tourism. Visitors get a firsthand experience in traditional Mayan tortilla making and pottery making.


Timotea Mesh, Leader

“We got involved in this because it was something that people was demanding. As I said before we were just gathering as a group and after people heard that there was a women’s cooperating that was making things here, our friends start visiting us by bring us little materials like things we might need- papers for the kids, crayons, yawns for ladies. Naturally we started serving food for them and they were very, it was something different for them because we were using the old technique. We were making tortillas on the fire heart. We were grinding and they found it very interesting because it was something that they did not see in other homes. By doing this these friends started sending out more people so they can come and it here. This is how it all started.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

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