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Maya Culture Days at Happehatchee Center

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- Marta Matias, left, speaks with Happehatchee Center director Genelle Grant as she prepares to lead a dance presentation as part of Maya Culture Days on Saturday, May, 4, 2013, in Estero. Matias is a native of Guatemala now participating in a Southwest Florida group promoting Mayan culture. Growing up, she lived through the Guatemalan Civil War that resulted in the ongoing genocide trial of former President Efrain Rios-Montt.

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- Marta Matias, left, speaks with Happehatchee Center director Genelle Grant as she prepares to lead a dance presentation as part of Maya Culture Days on Saturday, May, 4, 2013, in Estero. Matias is a native of Guatemala now participating in a Southwest Florida group promoting Mayan culture. Growing up, she lived through the Guatemalan Civil War that resulted in the ongoing genocide trial of former President Efrain Rios-Montt.

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- Marta Matias, center, participates in a Mayan Day of the Cross ceremony as part of Maya Culture Days at the Happehatchee Center on Friday, May, 3, 2013, in Estero. Matias is a native of Guatemala now participating in a Southwest Florida group promoting Mayan culture. Growing up, she lived through the Guatemalan Civil War that resulted in the ongoing genocide trial of former President Efrain Rios-Montt.
  • David Albers/Staff 
- Marta Matias prepares for a dance ceremony as part of Maya Culture Days at the Happehatchee Center on Saturday, May, 4, 2013, in Estero. Matias is a native of Guatemala now participating in a Southwest Florida group promoting Mayan culture. Growing up, she lived through the Guatemalan Civil War that resulted in the ongoing genocide trial of former President Efrain Rios-Montt.
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- Mayan priest Bernabe Juarez, of Bonita Springs, leads a Mayan Day of the Cross ceremony as part of Maya Culture Days at the Happehatchee Center on Friday, May, 3, 2013, in Estero.
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- Participants toss handfuls of sugar into a fire as an offering during a Mayan Day of the Cross ceremony as part of Maya Culture Days at the Happehatchee Center on Friday, May, 3, 2013, in Estero.
  • David Albers/Staff 
- Marta Matias, center, participates in a Mayan Day of the Cross ceremony as part of Maya Culture Days at the Happehatchee Center on Friday, May, 3, 2013, in Estero. Matias is a native of Guatemala now participating in a Southwest Florida group promoting Mayan culture. Growing up, she lived through the Guatemalan Civil War that resulted in the ongoing genocide trial of former President Efrain Rios-Montt.
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- Maria Gervacia, left, and Marta Matias help a Mayan priest to conduct a Mayan Day of the Cross ceremony as part of Maya Culture Days at the Happehatchee Center on Friday, May, 3, 2013, in Estero.
  • David Albers/Staff 
- Mayan priest Bernabe Juarez, of Bonita Springs, leads a Mayan Day of the Cross ceremony as part of Maya Culture Days at the Happehatchee Center on Friday, May, 3, 2013, in Estero.
  • David Albers/Staff 
- Marta Matias, left, speaks with Happehatchee Center director Genelle Grant as she prepares to lead a dance presentation as part of Maya Culture Days on Saturday, May, 4, 2013, in Estero. Matias is a native of Guatemala now participating in a Southwest Florida group promoting Mayan culture. Growing up, she lived through the Guatemalan Civil War that resulted in the ongoing genocide trial of former President Efrain Rios-Montt.
  • David Albers/Staff 
- Marta Matias participates in a ceremony as part of Maya Culture Days at the Happehatchee Center on Saturday, May, 4, 2013, in Estero. Matias is a native of Guatemala now participating in a Southwest Florida group promoting Mayan culture. Growing up, she lived through the Guatemalan Civil War that resulted in the ongoing genocide trial of former President Efrain Rios-Montt.

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