Pom, the sap of the copal tree
(Protium copal), a
sacred incense used
by ancient and modern Maya.
In 1840, Maya began returning to
Belize to escape persecution in Guatemala. There are
two distinct groups here now, Mopan Maya and Ke'kchi Maya. The Mopan are referred
to by both groups as "Maya" and the
Ke'kchi as "Ke'kchi".
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The Columbia River
near San Pedro Columbia, a mixed
Ke'kchi and Mopan Maya village
(Charles Wright worked to protect
this fragile environment)