Sponsoring our Mayan heritage



Sanará, the luxury eco boutique hotel and wellness centre located on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, is delighted to announce that it is hosting a major photographic exhibition.

Opening on 31 March and running for three months, Últimos Testigos The Caste War 1847-20?? is a much talked about retrospective by Canadian photographer Serge Barbeau that focuses on the last Mayan descendants of one of the most dramatic episodes in Mexican history. The revolt of the Maya Indians of Yucatán against their white oppressors began in 1847. By 1855, when the major battles ended, the war had killed or caused the flight of almost half of the population of Yucatán. For over 50 years a new religion supported Mayan independence; surviving their eventual defeat, it continues today.

This very emotional photographic testimony consists of portraits of the sons and grandsons of the Maya rebels with the interviews of the protagonists carried out during the shoot.

Sanara’s Studio will be the spectacular backdrop for ten of the original images that have already been exhibited to great acclaim inthe Yucatán capital Mérida, and which will be on display at the Museum Fünf Kontinente in Munich this the summer.

 Últimos Testigos The Caste War 1847-20?? will be open to the public at Sanará for two months. Limited editions of the pictures, accompanied by a copy of the original corresponding interview, will also be on sale. All profits will go to the villages where the pictures were taken, through the Xyaat cooperative, a non-profit Maya organisation in Señor, Quintana Roo.

Says Sanará’s co-owner Charlie Stuart Gay, “The promotion of Mayan contemporary history and culture has always been at the heart of what we do at Sanará, which is why we were so excited when Serge first approached us to host this important exhibition. We are very involved with local cooperatives ourselves, so were delighted to learn that Xyaat will be profiting from the sale of these powerful images.”

For further information please contact:

Suzy or Nicola at Jori White Public Relations Ltd

Tel:  0207 734 7001

or e-mail: suzy@joriwhitepr.co.uk/nicola@joriwhitepr.co.uk