Three Indian Children, Guatemala


This 1904 photograph from the Frank and Frances Carpenter Collection at the Library of Congress shows three Mayan Indian children in Guatemala. Frank G. Carpenter (1855–1924) was an American writer of books on travel and world geography, whose works helped to popularize cultural anthropology and geography in the United States in the early years of the 20th century. Consisting of photographs taken and gathered by Carpenter and his daughter Frances (1890–1972) to illustrate his writings, the collection includes an estimated 16,800 photographs and 7,000 glass and film negatives. Carpenter wrote extensively about Guatemala in Land of the Caribbean (1925), part of his Carpenter's World Travels series. The indigenous people of Guatemala are mostly of Mayan descent. The Mayan civilization, which reached its highest point of development in the period between 250 and 900 AD, extended throughout much of present-day Central America and southern Mexico.

Last updated: February 12, 2016