Tag Archives: Mayan

Maya Interpreters Trained to Open Doors to a Culture

Have you ever heard the Maya language spoken in San Francisco? If not, listen to our audio story to the right. It will open your ears to a little-known language spoken by thousands of people in the city – but rarely discussed outside its cultural community. San Francisco is a hub of Maya language and culture, and one of the most densely...

Talking Cars and Culture With Roberto Hernandez

Roberto Hernandez, head of the San Francisco Lowrider Council, turned the ritual of Saturday night cruising on Mission Street into a statement of cultural identity. He is more than just a lowrider, however; he is also deeply involved with the community’s youth, teaching them about their Mayan ancestry through art and painting lowrider cars. Some of his students’ paintings are...

Mayan Festival Celebrates a Growing Culture

If you wanted to ask a Mayan whether or not the world will end on Dec. 21 — as the Mayan apocalypse myth has it — you would have to no look further than one of a growing number of Mayan restaurants in the Mission. San Francisco’s Mayan population, a diverse group of people from the Yucatan Peninsula with their own culture and language, has...