Proyecto Los Abuelos De Atitlan
The elders of San Pedro Atitlan in Guatemala are dying. The generation who fought in the revolution and survived the genocide of the 1980's are leaving us one by one. I need your help to document their stories in a book, all of the proceeds from which will benefit their community. Their faces, their eyes, their hands have witnessed such a rich collection of stories, but without your help, these will all vanish: With the passing of Encarnacion Perez, whom you see in the video above, we've already lost yet another elder's voice. Fortunately I was able to record her story last year. While I have time to make the book, these elders don't.
I have long wanted to to use my art to make a real difference in the lives of real people. With your help I can document the images, stories, and advice for future generations of the elders of San Pedro Atitlan in Guatemala.
The money raised will be used to reimburse the participants, hire a Mayan language translator, and to cover my local costs, but primarily to print the books in a local print shop. The books will all be donated to the local cultural center for sale to benefit local schools. Every dollar raised will remain in the community, and sale of the books will raise even more.
My name is David Scott Moyer. I am a fine art photographer and painter living in Tucson, Arizona.
I have been very fortunate to travel extensively in my work as a photographer, and have seen communities all over the world who are holding on to their traditions while being inexorably assimilated into the homogenous global culture. Please help me begin something with this one community that I can then take on the road to other peoples. They deserve to be remembered, and together we can make it a reality.
It's starting to get exciting! As of today, I have reached the ripe old age of 59 1/2, and have unfettered access to the 401K account from which I will be funding the lion's share of this project. I have purchased my plane tickets to spend 4 months in Guatemala beginning on April 2, and I have a shiny new camera with which to document these amazing people. Once I get started, I will be blogging most days at davidscottmoyer.wordpress.com if you would like to follow along. Thank you once again for your generous support. Feel free to continue to share this project. See you in a month!