• 00:01    |    
    Opening credits
  • 00:19    |    
    Introduction: Guatemalan cultural identity in the making
  • 03:00    |    
    Guatemalan ethnic conformation
    • Pure Indians
    • Ladinos
    • White Europeans
    • Difference between national and tribal identities
      • Reasons for the division between Indians and ladinos
      • Relationship between Indians and Europeans
  • 11:45    |    
    History of Mayan tribes
    • Mayan documents
    • Unclear boundaries of Mesoamerica
  • 16:09    |    
    Natural diversity and demographics of Guatemala
    • Influence of foreign powers
    • Young people
    • Self-assertive indigenous people
    • Social characteristics of ladinos
  • 25:29    |    
    Migration to the United States
    • Illegal immigration path
    • Recent immigration phenomenon
    • Factors of immigration: Political persecution and 1976 earthquake
    • Ethnic conformation of immigrants
  • 32:23    |    
    Guatemalan national conscience in the making
    • Purpose of Universidad Francisco Marroquín: Spread of liberal economics ideas
    • Strong marxist influence in ladinos
    • National state with the brightest economic future in America
    • Industrial revolution in the Highlands
    • Increase of individual personalities
    • Greatest threat to the Guatemalan promise: Foreign governments
  • 48:07    |    
  • 51:19    |    
    Final credits

Guatemalan Culture for Adoptive Parents

New Media  | 17 de diciembre de 2007  | Vistas: 2280

About this video

The three main ethnic groups of Guatemala are pure Indians, ladinos, and white Europeans. The dominant group has been the European, ladinos have increased their influence by adopting western traits, and the Indians are self assertive and proud of their heritage. The intense interactions between these groups and young population make it a country whose cultural identity and national conscience are in the making. Guatemala has a bright future because it is developing entrepreneurship, increasing individual personalities, and having economic development. Its greatest threat is the influence of foreign governments like Europe and the United States.


Guatemalan Culture for Adoptive Parents
Dr. Armando de la Torre

Academic Building E-502
Universidad Francisco Marroquín
Guatemala, December 17th 2007

New Media - UFM production. Guatemala, December 2007
Camera: Manuel Alvarez, Jorge Samayoa; digital editing: Rebeca Zuñiga; index: Christiaan Ketelaar, publication: Mario Pivaral; content reviser: Daphne Ortiz


Doctor en Sociología y Filosofía


Nuestra misión es la enseñanza y difusión de los principios éticos, jurídicos y económicos de una sociedad de personas libres y responsables.

Universidad Francisco Marroquín