|Photo courtesy of Peggy Goetz|
A scarlet halo
crowns her "indigenous"
hint of ancient Maya -
tourists point, take photos.
I linger, look into eyes
deep with unshaken belief,
walk away, feeling guilty
for having trespassed.
by Margaret Bednar, June 26, 2013
I did not go to Guatemala, the photo was taken by Peggy Goetz during her travels. I do remember going to Indian Reservations here in the United States as a little girl and it was all a game to me. Seeing "live" Indians, an "Indian village". I feel it was probably more "sideshow" than truly informative or respectful. Perhaps it is different today. I know when I tour Southern Plantations today, much is made of the "slave tours" today and presented in a respectful and educational format - I'm sure it wasn't 40 years ago.
This is linked with Imaginary Garden with Real Toads "About Face". It is really a challenge to write to a portrait I know nothing about - and a good exercise. Thanks, Peggy.