Our Big Present!

Dear Friends:

We bring you very joyful news this Holiday Season!

Unlocking Silent Histories will be featured at a Maya Cultural event at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. September 2016!!

We are happy to share this incredible opportunity with our partner,
The Maya Traditions Foundation!


This incredible opportunity and recognition from such an important cultural institution comes just 3 short years after beginning our work. Through the generous support of the Smithsonian, our Program Leaders – Carmen, Carlos, and Chema – will travel to the U.S. to present and discuss new youth-produced films that illuminate Maya cultural heritages and languages from their worldviews. Three Maya artisans from our partner organization, the Maya Traditions Foundation, will also accompany us to demonstrate the ancient art of traditional backstrap weaving.

The collaborative event is an opportunity for the youth and weavers to celebrate and share their Maya identities, and be recognized for their resilience, knowledge, and traditions. This experience also becomes a learning event that our Program Leaders will carry back to their communities. The new perspectives and knowledge that our Maya staff gain during their U.S. stay will ultimately translate to their continued work with new filmmakers in their communities. Additionally, the global visibility Unlocking Silent Histories and Maya Traditions Foundation will enjoy through this important event will deepen the positive impact we have on our Maya communities in Guatemala, and that they have on us.

Our journey to the Smithsonian is about to begin, and we need your support to help ensure that this once in a lifetime opportunity is the best experience for the youth and artisans!

This Holiday Season…  Join us in supporting this once in a lifetime opportunity! In lieu of a gift this year your can Give the Gift of Creative Voice by: 

  • Donating in honor or memory of family or friends
  • Becoming a monthly donor Providing equipment
  • Electing to be a Premium Donor (Contribute $500 or more and we will include you on our Sponsor Wall & Website at the Smithsonian!)

Click here to Support Our Journey!!

Your generous contributions will fund updated computers, cameras, and editing software, as well as educational workshops, to support the creation of additional films that reveal the unique perspective of what it means to be Maya, historically and presently. We will update you every step of the way!

With Sincere and Heartfelt Appreciation,
Happy Holiday from all of us at USH!