A bit contrived, but enjoyable, story of a young Mayan boy who
finds the strength to hold up his family's honor by playing a flute and
carrying a drum in a village processional. The author, Ann Grifalconi,, obviously has experienced and
values the culture and processions she writes about in the story. Colorful
watercolors add to the story. While
not mentioned in the book, the pictured Huipils (women’s blouses) appear
to be from the Chicastenango area of Guatemala.
I have seen several similar processions going to the town on market
day, up and down high hills and narrow roads (see
my Chichi pictures). Music is very much a
part of the procession.
5 - 10
Mayan, Flute, Social life and customs, Juvenile fiction