In the late 19th century, the city of Jutiapa—Náhuatl for river of flowers—in Guatemala became the birthplace of a spiritual healer, Francisco José García. Like the Mayan ah-men, Mr. García helped his community overcome illnesses.
Today his great-granddaughter, Natalie Saldarriaga, with only a single photo of her great-grandfather, works to recuperate his healing contributions and tell his story.
EL SALVADOR + California
In 1857, around the Gold Rush, a Salvadoran submitted for publication in a Spanish-language newspaper, an open-letter about his broken heart and life in California.