FAMILY LAND, MAPS & RUINED HOMES--duration: 5:00
DC EXPLAINS HISTORY OF FAMILY LAND TO LEYTE
MCU DC EXPLAINS FAMILY LAND TO LEYTE (WHITNEY)
OTS LEYTE DRAWS TREES
Photos: FULL MAP OF FIRST FAMILY LAND
SECOND FULL MAP OF FAMILY LAND
CU BOUNDARY OF TIA'S AND DC'S LAND
CU COOKING HUT AND PATH
CU COOKING HUT NUMBER TWO
CU HUT WITH BLUE DOOR
POV EXPLORATION OF FAMILY LAND
PHOTO: DONA DEMETRIA
WALK AROUND FOUR SIDES OF OLD FAMILY LAND
WS DC GATHERS HERBS
NAR: Don Chabo dictates the history of the family land.
He speaks little Spanish, and his granddaughter speaks little Mayan.
80 years ago his granddaugher’s great-great grandmother lived in a forest.
60 years ago she sold some of it.
50 years ago her daughter sold more.
40 years ago her daughter--DC’s mother--sold more.
30 years ago DC sold the rest, sliver by sliver, because what he earned as a shaman was too meager to live on.
20 years ago, DC’s second wife, Doña Demetria, left him for a better life selling fruit on the streets of Merida.
It was then that DC began to eat scraps
To make medecines, I enter land now owned by strangers to gather leaves from trees he planted years ago on land that once was mine.
DC still knows exactly how to use the leaves, but now can’t always remember the names of his trees.
Nar: The undeveloped land on the upper left of Leyte’s map lies behind DC’s house.
This land belongs to his older sister, Jacinta.
MARGOTTE AT TIA’S HOUSE
JACINTA HOLDS DEATH HUIPIL
for a long time, then dissolve to:
Jacinta is getting ready to die and wants to sell it.
Margotte wants to buy it.
Jacinta has sewn her death shroud...
JACINTA CARRYING HUGE IKON OF VIRGIN OF GUADELUPE WALK ALONG ROAD WITH MARGOTTE.
... and everywhere she walks, walks prepared to meet God.