Kin García Martínez
Lacandon Bark, Seed and Clay Art
A message for Kin García can be left at the eco-lodge with Veronica López Arcos or Miguel García Cruz 916 1018664.
The Lacandon are one of the Maya peoples who live in the jungles of Chiapas, near the southern border with Guatemala. Their homeland, the Lacandon Jungle, lies along the Mexican side of the Usumacinta River and its tributaries. They are one of the most isolated and culturally conservative of Mexico's native peoples.
Kin García Martínez is from the Lacandon forest. Naha and Lacanjá along with Metzabok are the main areas where the Lacandon indigenous people live. They survive off the jungle and use tree bark, seeds, and clay to make ceremonial as well as utilitarian objects. The various clay vessels the Lacandon make represent their old Gods. The vessel known as pak is used in ceremonies to drink balche.
A Lacandon chief and spiritual leader, Chan Kin Viejo, was married to four women and had many children. One of his wives is Koj Maria (tall Maria). She still lives in Naha with her son, Kin García Martínez. Koj María is well in her 80s and still works at making nets and bags out of tree bark fiber. She also makes jewelry from seeds found in the jungle such as ambar de la selva, colorine, lagrima de San Pedro, ojo de venado, Patohac as well as others. María does not wish her photograph to be taken.
Another brother from Naha married Margarita from Lacanja Chansayab where ceremonial bark robes are still made. Chan Kin (who is now decesased) dedicated himself to painting these unusual robes and selling his family’s artesanía in Palenque where he is the spiritual leaders of the Lacandones. He won an award at the Fray Bartolome Concurso 2015 for his ceremonial tunic made of pounded bark and painted with natural dyes. Very few of these robes can be found today. He made perhaps two a year.
Here is their contact information but do not expect the phone calls will go through as there is very little signal and it seems that returning phone calls is not a priority in the jungle.