Amanda Koster:Guatemala 2010

Guatemala suffered more than 36 years of internal conflict (Guatemala Civil War 1960-1996), which formally ended with the signing of the Peace Accords at the end of 1996. Boxboles originated from the time indigenous Mayan peoples spent in hiding during that conflict. Tortillas were too risky to make—the slapping sounds could have given away their hiding places in the mountains. Boxboles are made without slapping dough, so they were a safer food to eat. After the conflict, the families have continued to eat them both in everyday and special occasions.

Guatemala 2010: Amanda Koster – Images by Amanda Koster

Amanda Koster

Amanda Koster is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose commercial and personal work has shown a consistent commitment to telling stories of real people, human rights, cultural diversity and global equality. She combines her anthropology background with multi-media skills to create content as a means for powerful communication and storytelling.


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