Proyecto Los Abuelos De Atitlan

$2,975 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 41 people in 25 months
Update:  Donations can still be made and will be gratefully accepted, but I will be self funding most of the cost of this project because there simply isn't time to wait.  Thank you all for your support!

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.
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Hi everyone! I arrived in Guatemala on the 2nd of this month, and in San Pedro La Laguna on the 4th. work officially began on the 6th. We are now starting our fourth week and have interviewed and photographed 25 people so far. It has been an inspiring, educational, and heartwarming process. I have been posting fairly regularly at davidscottmoyer.wordpress.com with photos and observations. Please check in over there!
Petrona Cox Morales
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Hi everyone,
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!
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It has been a while since I've updated, my friends. I apologize for that. I have been reassessing my plans. I had originally planned to go this month to San Pedro and begin photographing with the funds I have raised, but, realistically, I couldn't make a dent in the project with only 10% of what I need. Fortunately, in just under a year, I will gain penalty free access to a 401K from a past job. On that date, I will withdraw enough to complete the project self funded. I am beyond excited to begin documentation of these fascinating people to benefit their grandchildren! Everyone who has to date donated at the $150 mark or above will still receive their choice of a signed print from the book, in addition to the smaller prints i have already sent. I will leave the Go Fund Me live, in case you care to share it with anyone. Any donations will still help immensely. As soon as I begin work in Guatemala, I will post regularly here and on my Facebook page. Thank you again for your generous support!
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I packaged up photos for all the over $50 donors today. I'll send them off tomorrow. Thank you all so much for your generous support. Please consider passing the project along to friends and family who might be interested. The more I raise before heading to Guatemala this Spring, the more elders I will be able to document.
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Andrea Mendola
25 months ago

David, this project is even more beautiful than I could imagine. Thank you, thank you!

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Raised by 41 people in 25 months
Created September 19, 2016
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7 months ago
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10 months ago
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19 months ago
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Kolya Braun-Greiner
23 months ago

Wonderful gift of art / photography for preserving history of elders for future generations!

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Lauren Weinand
24 months ago

David, Your work reminds me of the Blood Rising film and painting project done in Ciudad Juárez to remember and celebrate the lives of victims of femicide. I am a medical student and wanted to make sure you knew what you are doing is a form of art therapy, which is one of the most healing medical art forms that really honors and serves the whole person. Patients and people across all cultures appreciate your work SO much. Thank you for sharing your incredible gift with us and the community of Atitlan.

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24 months ago
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Andrea Mendola
25 months ago

David, this project is even more beautiful than I could imagine. Thank you, thank you!

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