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New Book, Maya Healers: A Thousand Dreams
fran antmann
Jul 14, 2017
“Maya Healers: A Thousand Dreams,” recently published by Nirala Press, is a unique book of photographs and writing that explores the power and mystery of indigenous healing practices among the Maya people of Guatemala. In our data driven world, there is increasing interest in indigenous knowledge as a source of enlightenment for those who can apprehend patterns in nature and use their own bodies as sources of healing.

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"Maya Healers: A Thousand Dreams" is a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts. Fiscal sponsorship allows individual artists to expand their fundraising capabilities using NYFA's 501c3 tax-exempt status.


“Fran Antmann grew to know a culture, lived in it, merged with it, translated it, and loved it. She photographed the dreams that guide us to wisdom and healing, then wrapped those images in quetzal feathers. Today, she returns her vision of the world to the men and women she met through this encounter between cultures. It is a privilege to have been invited to write the preface to this book which is more than a book—it is a revelation.”

— Carolina Escobar Sarti, Guatemalan poet


“Fran Antmann’s work in Maya Healers, years in the making, is imbued with the depth and texture only great photography can achieve; where the images transcend being mere documents but reach great art. Many of the images, especially of the people in their daily lives, are transcendent and absolutely gorgeous, revealing an empathy and visual perception that is timeless.”

— Ed Kashi, international photojournalist.