This experience comes with a carved jade nahual pendant that is personalized to your birthdate. It is strung on a necklace using waxed twine, and measures about 1 and 1/8″ in diameter. You’ll have the opportunity to meet virtually with Erwin Colli Chayax who is originally from Petén, Guatemala, who will talk you through your Mayan Nahual and its significance. He’ll introduce you to Mayan cosmology, your particular sign, and what it might mean for you. The jade pendant was made by the PAT/XECUL Cooperative whose mission is to create economic opportunity, sustainability, opportunities for youth and promote craftsmanship & tourism related to the Mayan worldview in the town of San Andrés Xecul.
MADE BY: PAT/XECUL Cooperative
REGION: San Andrés Xecul, Guatemala
IMPACT: This product supports PAT/XECUL’s mission to create economic opportunity, sustainability, opportunities for youth and promote craftsmanship & tourism related to the Mayan worldview in the town of San Andrés Xecul.
The cooperative was created in 2016 by after a group of youth entrepreneurs won a competition run by Grupo Gestor to create a self-sustaining community project. The PAT XECUL Cooperative was founded using prize money from the contest, and now includes, chocolate making, a restaurant, a handicraft store with products from local artisans, Mayan ceremonies, demonstrations of local arts, and a community tour in San Andrés Xecul.
Since it began with six young founders, it has grown to a family of 16 community guides and 28 families of artisan producers who sell their products through the store and restaurant.
In a time where the delivery of goods from halfway around the world to your doorstep is normalized, we at OG want to ensure that the products we bring are done so with the earth in mind. That’s why we’ve worked hard to optimize our supply chain so that your stuff doesn’t spend half of its life in transit, contributing even more to carbon emissions. We purchase the products from the makers, and send them to you. That’s it. When we keep the planet top of mind, we all win.
While lots of e-commerce products go through tons of steps before reaching the consumer, we’ve done our best to shrink that chain. And, where a step can’t be avoided, we’ve found companies & intermediaries that align with our values and goals. We do this by purchasing directly from the retailers, packaging & shipping products ourselves, and more.
The family of artisans create the nauhuales using carving and wood burning techniques for sale in both the store and to vendors like the OG Marketplace.
We use UTZ, a Guatemalan transport service, to get the products to Toronto. Their mission is to connect Guatemalan artisans & social entrepreneurs to the world. UTZ was founded to help artists and small businesses share their products with the rest of the world. utzmeansgood.com.
Then, the products go online (or to markets here in Toronto) and are delivered directly to you! With no physical retail space and by keeping our operating costs as low as possible, we can offer both the producers and you, our consumers, the fairest price around.