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Maya-Ethnozoology

Meet the sea turtles that visit the coasts of Guatemala

June is a special month for the environment, on the 8th we celebrate The World Oceans Day and on the 16th World Sea Turtles Day. These days have been recognized…

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Educational material

Biodiversity in the Popol Vuh

The Popol Vuh, also known as the Book of Counsels or the “Bible” of the Maya K’iche’. The Maya word “Pop” means power or sacred and “wuj” paper or book,…

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Educational material

A Place Called Mesoamerica

Do you ever wonder, what does Mesoamerica mean? This name appears in the history books we read at school, but the discussion and research about the breadth of its territory…

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FLAAR Mesoamerica

Aldea Plan Grande Tatín

On our way, one hour by 4×4 drive to the village Tatin, we saw four Heliconia species, reptiles, and many native flower species like guarumo. There were hummingbirds, Oropendola birds,…

Our Projects

Flora and fauna research

FLAAR Mesoamerica is a non-profit organization that does research and educational projects on plants and animals of Guatemala and nearby countries

Educational FLAAR Reports

Educational material that provides information, annotated bibliographies, and impressive photographs of the native birds, mammals, insects and other fauna plus edible and useful plants of Guatemala and the Mayan-influenced areas of Mesoamerica.

Educational Material for local schools

Infographies, banners, and associated illustrated teaching aids for school children, for the teachers, and for the parents and grandparents of the school kids also. When we visit schools in far-away mountains and rain forest areas, the teachers and village elders ask if we can please provide educational material in Spanish, in the local language (often…

MayanToons

Mayan Toons is a division of FLAAR Mesoamerica (in Guatemala) which is an affiliate of FLAAR (in USA). Mayan Toons is inspired to prepare fun, friendly, educational, helpful books to inspire school children (and their parents and grandparents). We focus on encouraging initiative, family values and ethics, and protecting fragile ecosystems and local plants and…

Our Colabs & appearances

with other institutes, other NGO's, and additional entities interested in flora, fauna, and educational of children and families.

Our research team has multiple goals

To provide professors, researchers, students and interested lay people around the world with high-quality information on rare plants and endangered animals (birds, mammals, fish, pollinators, etc.) of southern Mexico and adjacent countries of Mesoamerica (Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador).

To assist professors, researchers and students in Guatemala with unparalleled quality digital photographs of flora and fauna of Guatemala and to share our digital library of over 2 TB on birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, arachnids, etc. and over 5 TB on orchids, bromeliads, cacti, trees, vines, bushes, grasses, ferns, mosses, mushrooms, and lichen of…

To coordinate with teachers in rural and remote areas of Guatemala and provide them educational material for their students in the local Mayan, Spanish, and English languages. We are also open to providing material in Xinca and Garifuna languages.

DR Nicholas Hellmuth
Founder
Nicholas was first in Mexico in 1961, in Guatemala in 1962, in Honduras by 1964, and obviously now knows every country in North and Central America. But Guatemala has such remarkable diversity of eco-systems and hence impressive diversity of plants and animals. Sadly the eco-systems are being bulldozed out of existence for making modern commercial businesses. Surely there can be a way to save at least segments of these forests and waterways to help protect the species that we humans have evolved together with. Although we do focus on Guatemala, we are open to coordinating with foundations, embassy programs, and local NGO's in neighboring countries since there are Mayan settlements in every country on every side of Guatemala.

FLAAR Staff

The capable staff of FLAAR Mesoamerica (flora and fauna) and Mayan Toons (educational materials for schools) include Q'eqchi', Kaqchiquel, and Pokomchi Mayan individuals plus students from many of the universities in Guatemala.

Yaxha

Yaxha intrigued me due to it having the largest full-figure sculpture of a Teotihuacan inspired royal divine portrait of Tlaloc: fully armed with shield, Teotihuacan military atlatl and pertinent spears.

Tikal is renowned for its Tlaloc shield and Teotihuacan warriors on the sides of Stela 31 and Uaxactun has a stela with royal Teotihuacan affiliated warrior leader also; but the one at Yaxha does not add local individuals nor is the figure in a Mayan pose whatsoever: here is a single frontal divine, military. mercantile message.

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Maya-Ethnobothany

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www.maya-ethnobotany.org

Orchids, heliconia, waterlily + edible Maya plants.

Maya-Ethnozoology

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www.maya-ethnozoology.org

Jaguars, iguanas, birds, insect pollinators, monkeys.

Maya-Archaeology

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www.maya-archaeology.org 

How did Dr Nicholas learn about the Maya rain forests cultures?

Digital Photography

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www.digital-photography.org

How-to tips for improving your digital photography.

Mayan Characters

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www.Mayan-characters-value-
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Dr Nicholas interacting with jaguars, pumas, and with tarantulas hiking up his arm.

MayanToons

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 www.MayanToons.org

Educational books for kids.

FLAAR REPORTS

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www.FLAAR-REPORTS.org

Wide-format inkjet printer research and product evaluations of inks, cutters, laminators, international signage and visual communications trade shows, etc.