Asociación Cultural Na Bolom
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Na Balom, Lacondón Maya Cultural Museum
Na Balom is the name of the large home once owned by archeologist Franz Blom in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, MX. The name is a play on words, the owner's name Blom with the Mayan word for Jaguar. Na Balom means the Jaguar House. Gertrudis Duby, Blom's wife, was a photographer and anthropologist who wanted desperately to preserve the lives and life-ways of the Lacondón Maya people who lived deep in the jungles of SE Chiapas. Their home is now a museum, Bed & Breakfast, and research center. The museum features photographs taken of the Lacondón people from the 1930s till about the 1960s. It also houses many artifacts that were uncovered by Dr. Blom in his excavations of the nearby Mayan site of Moxviquil. On the grounds are replicas of homes and artifacts used by the Lacondón people, in a way of life that is rapidly diminishing with the influx of logging, other settlers, and tourism.
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