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Vida y Memoria (Collective Kaqjay Moloj and Beatriz Cortez)
The collective Kaqjay Moloj has been active for almost a decade, generating spaces of reflection of memory and kaqchikel identity in Patzicia, Guatemala. Beatriz has been working with the collective since 2007, collaborating with them on a variety of projects and contributing visual elements to their process. Through many years of collaboration, they have developed a few objectives; to explore the construction of memory, as well as to reflect on local and national scales of racism from multiple angles, for the example, tracing the development of ladino (mestizo ethnic group in Guatemalan society) identities. They aslo try to evoke parallels with the repression in El Salvador during its civil war, and the transnational migrant experience.
The Kaqchikel are a Mayan indigenous people of the midwestern highlands in Guatemala. The name was formerly spelled in various other ways, including Cakchiquel, Cakchiquel, Kakchiquel, Caqchikel, and Cachiquel.
In Postclassic Maya times the capital of the main branch of the Kaqchikel was Iximché. Like the neighboring K'iche' (Quiché), they were governed by four lords: Tzotzil, Xahil, Tucuché and Acajal, who were responsible for the administrative, military and religious affairs. The Kakchikel recorded their history in the book Annals of the Cakchiquels, also known as Memorial de Sololá.
Kaqchikel or Kaqchiquel is a Mayan language spoken in the Central Highlands of Guatemala by about half a million people. It is a member of the Quichean-Mamean branch of Mayan languages and is closely related to K'iche' (Quiché) and Tz'utujil. The name of the language used to be written Cakchiquel or Cakchiquiel.