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Art Exhibition Celebration: Margarito's Forest

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Sanctuary Cafe

5655 South University Avenue

Chicago, IL 60637

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Join us to celebrate the book El Bosque de Don Margarito (Margarito's Forest). Written by Andy Carter, illustrated by Allison Havens, created through University Church's Guatemalan Partnership, Margarito's Forest is a bilingual children's book based on the true story of Margarito Velasquez and his rural Guatemalan community during years of the civil war. It is a story of Mayan culture, wisdom, and environmental stewardship passed from one generation to the next. The book, printed in the indigenous Mayan K'iche language, Spanish, and English, is supporting education and culture in rural Mayan communities by providing students an example of their language in printed form, and by furthering the story of their people's survival, resilience, and relationship to the land. In the States, the book is used as a bilingual teaching tool while giving readers a beautifully illustrated view of environmental justice and maintaining humanity through oppression.


On October 26, 2018 we will gather in Sanctuary Cafe to support the efforts of Andy and Allison, and all others who have helped in bringing this beautiful book to fruition. Funds raised through the sales of Allison's art will support the Mayan Book Project, led by author Andy Carter, in printing and circulating more of the K'iche version of Margarito's Forest throughout Guatemala.

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