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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta PACE 5 Surviving Mayas visited by CBC cameras In the rain forest of South-} em Mexico, amidst ruins of the once great Mayan civilization, there lives a tribe of 300 In- dians who cling to ancient be- liefs and traditions handed down through Uie centuries in effect, the last surviving de- scendants of the Mayas. Known as Lacandons, this shy, peaceful tribe has kept al- most intact many religious be- liefs witnessed by Cortez and his men during the Spams'aton- quest of Mexico, four cenraries ago. To date, they have man- aged to resist several attempts by Qiristian missionaries to convert them, and have con- tinued their relaitvely simple way of life until now. On Monday, Nov. G at 10 p.m., CBC-TVs Tl-e Nalure Of Things examines the unique pbenc-Tnri-.on of the Lacandons in an hour-long documentary special, The Mayas Of Mexico. Produced by Nancy Archi- bnld and filmed on location in the Mexican rain forest, the program looks at the daily life of a small tribe of 50 in or? of several Lacandon settlements. Pictured are some of the an- cient religious rites handed down through the centuries from the Mayas, symlwlic cer- emonial rites dating in some cases over years. Ele- ments of (he spiritual phi- losophy of the Lacandons, as voiced- by a tribal chieftain, Chan Kin, are spoken by Chief Dan George for the film spe- cial. A gentlo, peace-loving people, the Lacandons live by farming, their maior cron being corn, and also fish and raise animals for milk and meat, Their be- liefs, based on a multitude of powerful gods, are relatively simple: life depends on the ma- terials and ways invented by gods for man; everything is rfone with their permission. Mayan agriculture, a slash- anrtburn technique, quickly de- pletes the thin topsoil of the jungle, necessitating crop rota- tion and, every few years, changing garden sites. Corn. Lacandons, jealously guard it the staple food, is used in a va- from outside influences; a riely of ways, and augmented practical people, they are open by vegetables, fruiLs and occa- to new ideas, buy modern sionally, meat or fish. Proud of their culture, the items such as guns and com grinders to help them in their daily work, and. have developed a thriving market setting orig- inal souvenirs to Mexicans. To them, Mayan gods created and devised everything, and indeed if few products of "divine in- genuity'1 have been a little Iste in arriving, this is certainly no reason why thev should not be used! The film records an impor- tant three-day religious rite by the Lacandoos, who to "impress" their gods in order to gain a successful planting. The event cerlers on the god-house, the heart of tho village Mayan religion is passed on from generation to generation. Isolation has so fsy projected the Lacar.dons and their uni- que culture, but now, there are so few of them left that Mayan heritage is already in jeopardy. The j ungle ammd their region is being settled by Mexicans, and these outsiders hunger for the land cE the La- candons, bly. the time less cycles of the ancient Mayas nay be drawing to their final close. The Lacandon way of life, so successful in its phi- losophy, is close to extinction; with it. if it dies, will 50 Mayan solutions to many of the imi- versal problems of m unkind survival and fulfilment. Wednesday, November 8 1 :00 ID fO and El Q) ro CD ra KJ CD CFD 0 CD 1 (3 Truth or Consequences A Dottier world General Hospital Movie: The Pad How to Use One One LUe Klara's Korner Secret Storm Mike DiMiglas Hollywood Squares Our Lives Ed Allen Show Somerset Dinah's Place Take 30 Three on a Match Another Wnrld Edge of Night Dating Game What'? the Gond Word Family Affair Family CourL Joker' Wild Split Second Anything Can Do Drop In DID YOU You can renl a whale crane and hoist for removing that car motor Believe ir or nal if con be carried in the trunk of your car. You can also rent Sanders, thampooers, paint sprayers, relo tillers, dishes, furniture movers, cement mixers, car re- pair tools, cribs, tents, lad- ders, etc. WARD S SERVICES 1712 2nd Ave. S. 328-B77S Open 7-7 ex. Sun. and hoi. O S3 I News Star Trek Bewitched News Password Let's Make a Deal News News, WLbr., Sports News News NHL Lawrence VTclX Harlem Globe'Totters News Truth or Consequences Paul Lyndr Laugh-In Medical Centre Movie: All My Darling Daug'.i'.ci'J 72 Movie: Devil's Movie: Vcurg 7 Ten in Tr.oir J.uii'.ly Jslnpios Julie Anurcws MannLv News News Tonigiit Show Movie: Lost Con'inonl SporLsbeal "2 Pclice Code News News CJOC News Merv Griffin News Movie: An American Dream VANISHING PEOPLE The many faces of the Lacan- dons a primitive tribe of 300 Mexican Indians, in effect the last surviving descendants of the ancient Mayas of Mexico, are seen on Vanishing Peoples: Lacan- dons, Monday, Nov. 6, at 10 p.m., on CBC-TV's The Nalure of Things. Produced by Nancy Archibald, the hour-long documentary is the second of a series about fast civilizations throughout the world. Oscar winners meet in studio Patri cia Neal and Melvyn Douglas, both Oscar winners for the movie "Hud" in 1963, accidentally met at Screen Gems studios recently as Douglas finished a puest star appearance in "Ghost Story'' and Miss Neal u-as starting another episode of the same series. NEW WIG ARRIVALS! CAPLESS SPECIAL! Dynel and Kanekalon Fibre CAPLESS HEAT-RESISTANT Srn'heftcs (wifh 1 yr- 29.35 to 34.95 MSRChANT pRINCe eMpORIUM CENTRE VILLAGE MALL PHONE 323-6980 ELEGTROHOME Vc The cv'o- 19" TV fcr your rp.urrjy. Becked by CLT Personal Now of a price ycu can afford. -jtr Come in for a frae demonstration. 'Where Sales Are Backed By Service' 315-7in Street South Phone 327-3232 ;