Central America is full of natural resources. All manner of metals – gold, silver, bronze and copper – are found here, as well as many manners of decorative stones. The people who have lived in Central America have always made use of these available materials to stunning effect.
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The Spanish arrived in Guatemala in 1523. The invaders defeated the Mayan forces, took over the positions of the elite and consolidated the lower rungs of the social strata into easily controllable villages. This way, they could have an easy pick for labor for their haciendas as well as parishioners for their church. They could also control the small, concentrated groups of people more effectively than before. A side effect of this practice is that some of the traditional customs of this group were preserved, if not any of the finery that would have been passed on with the elite.
Mayan society had begun to decline across the Yucatan in the 10th century, and after colonization, of course, that descent was swifter: for 300 years, the Spanish worked to almost erase Mayan culture from existence. Napoleon overthrew the Spanish king in 1821, and Central American countries worked to form independent states. Many descendents of the Maya still exist today despite hundreds of years of European colonization. Today it is still possible to buy simple beadwork from Mayan artisans whose designs derive from long ago. Some of these contemporary designs are based on post-colonial situations, such as the use of Czech and Hungarian beads in the making of bracelets.