Paola Tzep Aju represents a new generation of Maya women born in traditional culture but embracing their roles in a globalized community. Paola grew up weaving traditional ceremonial garments and utilitarian fabrics in her rural Highland village of Xeabaj Ixtehuacan.
Paola with be speaking about her work to build resiliency in rural artisans to adapt to a changing world on their own terms.
Audelino Sac Coyoy is a Maya-K’iche’ academic from Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. He describes his duel life as a Maya "Day Counter" or "Maya Preist " in his native culture and as a Professor of Political Science and Maya Studies in his Western Persona.
Don Audelino, as his students call him, presents an indigenous alternative to party politics based on meritocracy and grass-roots respect over money or institutional control over the decision-making process. Elections a democracy does not make when the process for selecting candidates is not democratic.