K'iche' Maya Oral History Project



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There was a famine in the community, and the government of President Ubico sent a delegation from the community by airplane to visit the Heart of the Corn, and the Heart of the Coffee. When the delegation arrived, they found the Heart of the Corn and Coffee to be a poor man living in the hills. He showed the delegation how the people in their community were not caring for their crops of corn and coffee. The Heart of the Corn and Coffee then told the delegation to return home and instruct the people to care for their crops.

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Latin American and Iberian Institute, University of New Mexico


Cash crops; corn; coffee; agriculture


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Oral History #096: President Ubico



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