Health Systems of Indigenous Peoples

Within the Mayan culture, health is determined to the spiritual, physical and mental balance, thus achieving a full life, but not from a Western ideology that is nothing more than maintaining the organism without any disease or injury.

Hence the living essence of the various health practices in San Juan Comalapa, of maintaining harmony and balance of body, and soul all closely related to Mother Nature.

Mutual help, the value of life and the sacredness of the universe are some of the many values to be practiced next to the great missions of the therapists, midwives, physiotherapy who were entrusted to them since their engenderment and the work of keeping the legacy transmitting their knowledge from generation to generation in this spiral called life.

  • Bilmer Poyón
    Director
  • José Alfredo Obdulio Perén Gabriel
    Writer
  • Juan Jose Alvarado Sitavi
    Writer
  • Bilmer Poyón Reyes
    Producer
  • José Alfredo Obdulio Perén Gabriel
    Producer
  • Juan Jose Alvarado Sitavi
    Producer
  • José Cupertino Perén Bal
    Key Cast
    "Health promoter"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Sistemas de Salud de los Pueblos Indigenas
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 29, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    350 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Guatemala
  • Country of Filming:
    Guatemala
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Bilmer Poyón

Bilmer Edison Poyón Reyes, is originally from San Juan Comalapa, Chimaltenango, from a very young age he has liked photography, he started taking photography nine years ago with PowerShot cameras (Digital Cameras) and cell phone, three years ago he started using DSLR cameras, Mirrorless and Full frame, he likes to make landscape photography, some portraits, nature, frame photography and focuses more on the culture of the country of Guatemala, to inform people about the cultural wealth that the country of Guatemala has.

José Alfredo Obdulio Perén Gabriel, is a Mayan Kaqchikel from the municipality of San Juan Comalapa, Chimaltenango, Guatemala, is characterized by being multifaceted and has been working on community development processes since childhood, adolescence, youth, even with processes of safeguarding cultural practices with promoters , therapists and midwives in the field of health and economic empowerment with women and youth. Passionate about generating creative processes for the change of behavior and living conditions of the population lacking, excluded and vulnerable in the country.

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José Alfredo Obdulio Perén Gabriel, is a Mayan Kaqchikel from the municipality of San Juan Comalapa, Chimaltenango, Guatemala, is characterized by being multifaceted and has been working on community development processes since childhood, adolescence, youth, even with processes of safeguarding cultural practices with promoters , therapists and midwives in the field of health and economic empowerment with women and youth. Passionate about generating creative processes for the change of behavior and living conditions of the population lacking, excluded and vulnerable in the country.