Visit to La Ruta Maya by the Mayan Leader Mr. Tomas Calvo Mateo
On July 26, 2012, Mr. Tomas Calvo Mateo, “Cofrade Principal”, and his group of “Principals” of the Indigenous Municipality of Santo Tomás Chuwilá, Chichicastenango, made a courtesy visit to La Ruta Maya in Guatemala City, driven by their interest in the Repatriation Program of the foundation. As a result of this meeting, and sharing of knowledge, the Municipality and the Foundation started to strengthen cooperation ties to work on joint initiatives related to the recovery and repatriation of historical documents.
As an expression of their support and solidarity to the Foundation, the Pre-Columbian collection was consecrated and blessed by Tomas Calvo and the “Principals”, in a simple but solemn ceremony. In addition, the foundation has been considered by them to work in cooperation with the Municipality in the Museum’s remodelation, as well as in the caretaking of their Pre-Columbian collection, which encompasses thousands of objects found in the region, and duly registered with the Register of Cultural Property.