Descendants of the ancient Maya abound throughout southern Mesoamerica. The population is estimated at eight million, likely as many as there were at the time of conquest. Some live by very traditional means, others have integrated into urban life, yet all, in some way or another, have adapted to modern lifestyles of the 21st century.
The importance of Maya culture is attracting more and more attention. The Mayan language is now being taught in schools and modern science is recognizing the value of traditional medicinal plants for their healing power and their potential in finding cures for diseases like cancer, diabetes, and AIDS.
The modern Maya and researchers are working to overcome centuries of cultural suppression. Today, the Maya forest stands as an enduring monument to the resourcefulness of the Maya and the continuation of their invaluable cultural heritage.
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