Artisans in Lacanja Chansayab
We are working to support artisans living in the southeast region of Chiapas, Mexico. Our online store carries work from the Yuk Najkin family, a Maya family of artisans living in the Lacanja Chansayab community in Chiapas. The Lacanja Chansayab are one of the three Maya communities that have been living in the Lacandona Jungle for centuries. Due to their geographic location in the rainforest, they have managed to maintain and preserve their culture, traditions, and language. It is estimated that around 700 Lacandona Maya remain in the jungle today, making them one of the smallest indigenous groups in Mexico.
Despite the damage that continues inside the forest from illegal logging and poaching, the Lacandona Jungle remains the largest montane rainforest in North America and one of the last of its kind that can support jaguars. Approximately 400 years ago, indigenous groups living on the Yucatan peninsula fled from Spanish invaders and settled in the jungle. Before this migration, ancient Maya sights such as Bonampak and Yaxchilán ruled from the Lacandona Jungle.