development of The Living Maya was guided by protocol for gathering
and using project content.
Procedures for acquiring, developing, and checking information, as
well as the sharing of material (such as pictures and elder stories)
with primary sources, were strictly followed.
Gathering and Accuracy
will understand the purpose of the project and grant their consent.
At least two individuals or sources will confirm information.
All attempts will be made to secure the most skilled translators.
Mayan volunteers will review all source material.
Both men and women will review the material to ensure fair representation.
of San Marcos village gather around photographer Eric Leupold as
he digitally records Santos Macu playing the fiddle he has made.
Pictures and a copy of the video recording were given to those involved
in the shoot.
and referrals will be investigated.
All individuals who volunteer to assist in the project will be
acknowledged in the Introduction Section.
Copies of pictures will be given to the individuals who were subjects
in the pictures whenever possible.
gathered in any form will be collected for the sole purpose of
meeting project objectives.
Information will not be shared outside of the project without
the specific permission of the individuals who provided the information.
This rule concerns the sharing of photos and video as well as
All resources will be accurately documented.
Maya will be donated to governmental agencies and NGO's in
Belize whose goal is to educate the population on the culture
of the Mopan and Q´eqchi´ Maya.
Distribution outside of the Toledo District will be with the knowledge
of the Mayan leaders of the Toledo District.
Indigenous Mayan organizations may sell donated copies for the
benefit of the people of the Toledo District. Mayan leaders may
use the material in any way to further their educational, social,
economic, or political causes to assist their people.
Marsden distributes pictures and checks facts in San Vicente Village.
Marciel Mes, Minister of Rural Development and Culture assists in
carrying out protocol by providing pictures that will appear in the
documentary to Belize Prime Minister Said Musa.