El Chorro de Maita Museum, Holguin

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Learn about local aboriginal culture at El Chorro de Maita Museum. The 16th-century cemetery museum showcases the remains of 62 preserved human skeletons as well as that of a dog. You can learn about local indigenous life through dance performances depicting native rituals. The graveyard remains the same as when it was discovered, adding to its authenticity. Go to the nearby mock village to deepen your knowledge about the lives of the area's indigenous inhabitants. Life-sized sculptures portray the locals going about their everyday business. Use our Holguin vacation trip planner to arrange your visit to El Chorro de Maita Museum and other attractions in Holguin.
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  • August 16, 2017
    We visited the museum to view the archaeological site part only and found it most interesting, our tour guide Julio translated for use. Very interesting to view the bodies and artefacts that have been...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    Museum is not too great, but also goes with a reconstructed Indian village. This we walked around to the live show. Live show after live show was great fun and we got a tour of the medicine man himself. This was super fun and interesting, because now we knew in each case what we all had seen and what everything meant. Nice to visit.
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  • August 2, 2017
    A few kilometers from Guardalavaca, a light structure with an outdoor Gallery and other interior building, displays human remains and crafts of the occupied indigenous people who lived in the region since the year 1000 DC (according to the method of carbon 14 dating). The interior Gallery runs along the four walls of the enclosure, where it is possible to observe and photograph ornaments, idols and items of daily use: Pearl shells, flints of different employment, fragments of ceramics, earrings made of shell and stone microcuentas. It is really admirable extremely neat work grinding, drilling and Assembly of tiny parts used in a body adornment as well as to mold tiny idols. This inner Gallery surrounds a depression of about 3 meters deep, which lie original skeletons and exact replicas, in the form in which were discovered in the 20th century in an indigenous burial in this place. These remains include those of a mother and her newborn, those of an individual of African origin, other European and other mixed-race afro-indigena and afro-europeo. To the left of the entrance door, in a small depression under the floor of the outer Gallery and protected by a thick glass, are the remains of a baby so which was found.
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