“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.
The Maya healers have a close relationship with the natural and spiritual worlds – their lives are bound up with its extraordinary landscape - the lake, its winds and the mist that rings its volcanoes.
Over ten years’ time, Antmann photographed the indigenous healers, bone setters, and shamans struggling to keep traditional practices alive in the aftermath of Guatemala's devastating civil war. Drawing on dreams, intuition and ancient traditions, they heal the sick surrounded by family and friends. She was privileged to be included in these intense, intimate healings and to listen to their words—the stories and dreams of these healers and shamans. Thirty years ago, such ceremonies would have triggered a brutal repression. Now they are part of a proud resurgent Maya identity.Download PDF Preview | View SlideshowPublisher:
Nirala Publications, New Delhi, India 2017Photographs and Text:
Carolina Escobar Sarti, Guatemalan journalist, and poet
Jean Franco, Columbia University, professor emerita
Astrid Lewis Reedy
10” wide X 10.5” high
100 Black and white images
DuotoneAll books are signed.
"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.
Guatemalan Embassy, Washington DC, May 5, 2018
Half King Photography Series, Moderator: Kate Doyle, Latin American analyst/ human rights investigator, Feb. 20, 2017
Bronx Documentary Center, Nov. 17, 2017
Bennington College, Nov. 11, 2017
Stony Brook University, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Oct. 24, 2017
Guatemalan International Book Fair, Guatemala City, Guatemala, July 2017
U of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Lane Hall Gallery, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, "Maya Healers," Jan. 2019
MOPLA, Month of Photography Los Angeles, Photo Book Exhibition, April 2018
Hamilton and Arronson Galleries, "Uncertain Times" curated by Deborah Willis, Philadelphia, March 2018
Foley Gallery, Book signing sponsored by Visura with other Visura authors, Dec. 2017
Splashlight Studios, Exhibition of 2017 Lucie Photo Book Prize Finalists, Oct. 30, 2017
Sidney Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College, "Focus on the Figure," Nov. 22 - Dec. 15, 2017 and Book Signing Nov. 22, 2017
REVIEWS /ARTICLESHuffington PostNBC NewsYahoo NewsThe Blue Mountain Center: COMMONS: A Gathering of Stories & Culture, Jan. 2018
MS Explorer, Institute of Maya Studies, cover story, Vol. 47 Issue 2, Feb. 2018
Finalist for Lucie Foundation 2017 Photo Book Prize