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Market at San Francisco El Alto, Guatemala by unesco unesco

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Date added
May 17, 2007
Date taken
May 16, 2007
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The largest open-air market in Central America, held every Friday.


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  1. unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala

    unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala (May 18, 2007, 07:56AM )

    Balancing on head: carrying on head is very common. Also note the rope around the head of the man above her to the right. He is probably going to use that to pull something heavy like a log. People do that often, pull with their forehead instead of their hands.

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    unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala (May 18, 2007, 07:55AM )

    Telephones: these are probably cellular phones. They don't have land lines in this area so the few people that have telephones use cell phones. These look like the land line phones people use in the U.S. but they really use the cellular network - people don't care about portability.

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    unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala (May 18, 2007, 07:54AM )

    Cute animals: The bunny is probably being sold as a pet. Maybe to eat but that wouldn't be so common. The dogs probably belong to the man. Many people have dogs but they don't usually buy them - they just find them or get one from a neighbor's litter. People don't feed their dogs. Dogs are expected to find their own food and water, even if they are considered someone's pet.

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    unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala (May 18, 2007, 07:53AM )

    Soccer goal: Yes, that's a soccer goal - this market is probably only on Sundays and the area is used for playing soccer the rest of the time.

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    unesco_guatemala unesco_guatemala (May 18, 2007, 07:49AM )

    Indigenous vs. modern clothing: Contrast the man on the bottom left wearing the jacket with the man at the top right wearing the hat. The hat is part of the traditional outfit. The two men may be equally indigenous in blood, The man with the jacket probably speaks Spanish at home and has more Spanish/American influences, and the man with the hat probably speaks a native language.

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