Wisdom of the Elders: Sacred Stories and Art of the Tz’utujil Maya
Since 2005, LeeAnn has been working with many different people in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala to collect the 'old' stories, music, and art of the Tz’utujil Maya. This work began when some of the traditionalist people asked that she begin to record and write these. This is a great honor and profound responsiblity that continues to find its form and we look to uncover the most respectful way possible to create this work.
Great commitment continues to be given to maintain the original heart and truths of these old stories and creative arts across time, culture, and dialect. All involved in the project are deeply committed to the publication and production of this work in all three languages to ensure that what is created will be given back to the community and people of Santiago.
In 2010 the group Mulaj Ru’K’ux Ixim was formed. Mulaj Ru’K’ux Ixim, from the Tz’utujil Maya language, means We the Seeds, the Heart of Corn. The larger sentiment and meaning behind this, which is difficult to convey through translation, means We, the seeded one’s of the maize stalk / tree-of-life who join together in all colors as One.
"The Kiddos": A Community of The Future
Journeys In Living holds a deep commitment to youth and young adults. As is told in the traditional ways of the Tz'utujil Maya, children and youth are the K'ex'el, the replacements seeds who grow the future lineage.
Over the past five years a community of young men and women in Colorado has grown into a wonderful "garden" of young people who are lovingly referred to as the Kiddos. The group formed in response to their desire to create community and spiritual purpose in their lives. While they have now all begun college, they continue to gather regularly to create music, do ceremony, and share their dreams and challenges.
Some of these young people have been to Guatemala and others would like to make the journey as they conitnue their spiritual paths.The beauty of the community created by the Kiddos continues to grow through their coming together to share their individual and generational beliefs about the importance of ecological sustainability, cultural traditions, human rights, being of service, and the creative arts. These are some of the ways they plant their own soulful seeds in the world.