Traditions of the Zoque Tribe
behind the bean
The ancient Zoque and their forefathers were minds as brilliant as the Greeks of Europe. They were stargazers and kept an advanced calendar, they invented the sauna and a ball game – and then they invented a powerful sacred drink from a forest fruit they called “kakaw”.
The ancestrals forests of the Zoque and Tzotzil tribes in the Selva Zoque are disappearing. Our project raises the local cacao price and actively converts cattle land back into traditional home gardens, where Tabasqueño cacao is planted among forty other crops and tree species.
What we call Tabasqueño is the wild hybrid of an ancient criollo cacao from the time of the ancient Olmecs and Mayas and an amelonado cacao brought to the coast of Tabasco by a French family in the early 1900’s.