An anthropologist, guests, work exchange interns, local children and staff represent the diversity of people who make Genesis what it is today.
The Genesis of Genesis
by Lee Christie
In 1999, while touring a then recent excavation at Ek Balam, a rather self-possessed 17-year-old boy offered to show me around.
I mentioned that I’d been teaching English in a nearby city and, before I knew it, I’d volunteered to teach he and his friends at the ruins ticket office every Saturday. Even then, these boys knew that Ek Balam was going to be an important site and an integral part of their future. Somehow, I did too.
My experience of the Yucatan—and those enthusiastic young minds--was soimpactful that I sold everything in Canada and started looking for a place to build a dream. The parents of one student offered to sell me a piece of land and by 2002 I was planting, composting, building and stabilizing myself in an environment quite different from the eastern slopes of the Rockies where I’d lived for years.
I knew things would be tough with my poor Spanish but I hadn’t considered that Spanish was not my neighbors' first language either!
One of the bridges I've built is the Artisan's Tour, linking local women with guests interested in learning about daily life in a Maya pueblo.
Guadalupe Balam Canche hosts an important part of our Artisan’s Tour and has taught about 200 people from around the world how to make tortillas the Maya way.