Faces of the World: Guatemala
Our Guatemalan faces are a young man and woman of Indigenous Mayan origin.
A lot of people in Guatemala came from the Ancient Meso-American Civilization of the Mayan Empire. Although Spanish Conquistadors explored, settled, and colonized in the region, the distinct Mayan people and culture still exists there. The two Guatemalan ethnic groups today are the Mestizo (48%), though 41% are various indigenous peoples. The main religion today is Christianity. In addition to colonization of the Spanish, Guatemala was also colonized by Mexico. They gained their independence in 1823.