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Tulum, Mexico: Fundación Melipona Maya – La Abeja Sagrada Maya / The Sacred Mayan Bee – Colabora con la reproducción de meliponas en comunidades mayas / Collaborate with the reproduction of stingless bee in mayan communities


About this project

 

Abeja Reina / Queen Bee

Abeja Reina / Queen Bee

UNA ABEJA SAGRADA. UNA CULTURA ANCESTRAL. LA SELVA PENINSULAR QUE DESEMBOCA EN EL MAR CARIBE… “El Renacimiento de la abeja sagrada de los Mayas”, es el llamado que hacemos a la humanidad para colaborar con la salvaguarda y reproducción de abejas meliponas en las comunidades mayas de Tulum, México.

THE SACRED STINGLESS BEE. AN ANCESTRAL CULTURE. THE PENINSULAR JUNGLE THAT LEAD TO THE CARIBBEAN SEA… “The rebirth of the sacred Mayan bee”, We call upon humanity to collaborate in safeguarding and assisting the repopulation of the melipona bee in the mayan communities of Tulum, Mexico.

Guardianes de las Meliponas / The Melipona Bees Stewards

Guardianes de las Meliponas / The Melipona Bees Stewards

 

Xunan Cab, la abeja sagrada

Melipona Beecheii

Melipona Beecheii

En las zonas tropicales y subtropicales del mundo habitan abejas del género meliponini, cuya característica principal es que tienen un aguijón muy reducido, atrofiado, razón por las que son conocidas como “sin aguijón”. Existen alrededor de 500 especies en el mundo.

En la península de Yucatán, los mayas tuvieron una relación muy importante con una abeja de este género: la Melipona Beecheii.

Xunan Cab

Xunan Cab

Xunan Cab, “dama real” en lengua maya, es la abeja melipona que ha ocupado un lugar muy importante en la religión, la cosmogonía, el comercio, la alimentación y la medicina de los mayas ancestrales y del presente.

Cumple un rol fundamental para el equilibrio de los ecosistemas. Son polinizadoras de flora silvestre y cultivos agrícolas. Su trabajo es vital para muchas especies. 

Sin embargo, las meliponas están en peligro de extinción. 

La tala masiva de selvas, las prácticas de la agricultura industrial como el monocultivo o el uso de pesticidas, el abandono del campo por el trabajo en zonas turísticas y, la introducción de abejas africanizadas en la Península de Yucatán, reducen drásticamente las poblaciones de meliponas.

Xunan Cab, the sacred stingless bee

Xunan Cab hive

Xunan Cab hive

In the tropical and subtropical areas of the world lives bees from the meliponini genre.Their main characteristic is that they have a tiny stinger, atrophied, reason why they are known as “stingless bees”. In the world there are 500 species of this kind of bees.

In the Yucatan Peninsule, the mayan civilization had, and still have, a very important relationship with one of these bees: the Melipona Beecheii.

Foto de: Pim Schalkwijk

Foto de: Pim Schalkwijk

 Xunan Cab, “the royal lady” in mayan language, is the melipona bee that holds a very important place in the religion, cosmogony, commerce, food and medicine from the ancestral and current mayan people.

This bees carries out a fundamental work to mantain the ecosystems balance. They are wild flora and agricultural crops pollinators. Their work it’s vital for so many species.  

Nevertheless the Melipona bees are in danger of extinction.

Pyramid Hive

Pyramid Hive

The massive jungle devastation, the industrial agricultural practices, the countryside migration, -people leaving their communities to work in turistic zones-, and the changing beekeeping practices with the arrival of the africanized honey bee, which produces much greater honey crops, left the melipona bees almost disappeared and forgotten…

 

Reproducción de Núcleos 2017

Meliponario / Melipona hives house

Meliponario / Melipona hives house

Trabajamos en un plan de repoblación de meliponas en la Península de Yucatán. Desde 2013 a la fecha hemos logrado reproducir ¡más de 500 colmenas!    

Con tu ayuda, queremos recaudar los gastos de reproducción de 150 colmenas más, que requieren:  

  • Construir una nueva caja diseñada para la crianza de meliponas, hecha con madera de la región.
  • Conseguir una colmena nueva a través del método de división de colmena madre. Utilizamos métodos de crianza con pleno respeto a las abejas.    
  • Acompañamiento y protección del técnico meliponicultor a la nueva colmena para asegurar su crecimiento. 
  • Insumos para el manejo de la colmena como: espátulas, jeringas, miel (para reforzar alimentación), vinagre, cuchillos, cinta adhesiva.   

El precio por colmena está estimado en $1500 MXN 

Distribuimos las colmenas en nueve comunidades Mayas con las que tenemos convenio de colaboración. Desde 2013 trabajamos en conjunto sus procesos organizativos. En 2016 recibieron su acta constituva de Cooperativas Agropecuarias. 

Estamos trabajando en conjunto para lograr una Unión de Cooperativas que les permita tener mayor autonomía en la gestión, manufactura, mercadeo y distribución de sus productos. 

Hives Reproduction 2017 

Happy women from Tulum communities

Happy women from Tulum communities

We have been working on a Melipona Bee Reproduction Plan in the Yucatan Peninsula since 2013 and have successfully established more than 500 hives!   

With your help we want this year to cover expenses to establish another 150 hives more in mayan communities!  

The amount required will cover the following expenses:  

  • Build a specifically designed melipona bee box with regional wood. 
  • Divide a “mother hive” with our new beekeeping methods, with full respect for the bees.  
  • Senior melipona bee expert’s detailed care and guard to ensure successful implantation of new colonies. 
  • Protection from natural predators and an early detection of any possible dysfunction in this bee’s delicate environment.  
  • Supplies for the hive houses as: vinegar, tape, knives, spatula, syringes and others.  

The price per hive goes for an average of $1500 mxn ($75 usd)

We distribute and donate the new colonies in nine Mayan nearby communities that we have a collaboration agreement with. Since 2013 we get involved with them in their organization process. In november 2016 they achieved their legal guarantee as Agricultural Cooperatives.  

We are working together to achieve an Agricultral Cooperatives Union, that allows them to get more autonomy in the management, marketing and  distribution of their products.

Quienes somos 

 
Stephane Palmieri, presidente de la Fundación Melipona Maya

Stephane Palmieri, presidente de la Fundación Melipona Maya

 Somos un equipo intercultural que tiene en común el amor por la naturaleza, la cultura Maya, la meliponicultura y la agroecología. Nuestra historia inicia en 2010 con la adquisición de las primeras colonias de meliponas.

Por años, nos dedicamos a investigar sobre abejas nativas, en especial la Melipona Beecheii. También sobre la importancia de estas abejas para los mayas, y las razones por las que casi han abandonado la crianza de meliponas.

Teniendo como principio la interculturalidad, que entendemos como una plataforma de respeto para el diálogo entre dos o más culturas, la Fundación trabaja los aspectos económicos, pedagógicos, y sociales de la meliponicultura en las comunidades mayas de Tulum.

Abejitas / Little Bees

Abejitas / Little Bees

Desde 2013 trabajamos en conjunto con nueve grupos organizados de la Zona Maya de Tulum. Hemos trabajando en conjunto un Plan de Repoblación de Meliponas.Investigamos y  promovemos la crianza de estas abejas desde sus aspectos tradicionales en confluencia con la investigación científica. También valoramos los saberes del huerto tradicional en sinergia con la agroecología.

Con el Renacimiento de la abeja sagrada de los Mayas, buscamos polinizar la importancia de la meliponicultura con una visión integral, para lograr prosperidad para la melipona, para la selva y para la gente que cuida de la abeja sagrada.

The Team

Don Aniceto, aka "the Grandfather", is a mayan leader and activist. He coordinates the Fundacion Melipona Maya action plans.

Don Aniceto, aka “the Grandfather”, is a mayan leader and activist. He coordinates the Fundacion Melipona Maya action plans.

 We are an intercultural team that shares in common a deep love for nature, mayan culture, agroecology and meliponiculture. Our quest in learning about native stingless bees of the mayan lands began at 2010 with the acquisition of the first melipona colonies.  

 

For years now, we have done research about melipona bees, their biology and ecology. There is also a very important reason for us to integrate and awaken a team of local mayan experts as by tradition; bees and everything about them was considered as very sacred and still plays a very important role in their civilization. 

Lorenzo, beekeeper from the team giving a workshop

Lorenzo, beekeeper from the team giving a workshop

The tradition of beekeeping in modern mayan communities has progressively been dying out.We make special efforts to bring this back and make it available to as many communities as we can. 

Through the intercultural approach, that we understand as a respect and understanding platform for 2 or more cultures, our “Fundacion Melipona Maya” seeks to continue to grow and expand its reach into the economic, pedagogic and social aspects of meliponiculture.  

Ever since 2012 we have worked with mayan dignitaries that have inspired us to keep the melipona sacred legacy. Together, we promote the knowledge of traditional agriculture, in relation with innovative agroecology principles and techniques. We have made an alliance between traditional and modern aspects of meliponiculture to find the best suited solutions for our challenges. We consider it possible, inside this knowledge-wisdom paradigm, to propose organic production options for self-supply and sustainable businesses models.  

With the “rebirthing” of the sacred mayan bee culture, we seek to pollinate the importance of meliponiculture and accomplish thriving communities of bees, their keepers and the protection of the jungle that houses these anciently linked communities.

New beekeeper generations

New beekeeper generations

Meliponarios y Mapa

En 2016 hicimos un recuento de los avances que hemos tenido en la repoblación de Meliponas. Cada meliponario cuenta con una función distinta. En el siguiente enlace podrán ver donde se localizan los meliponarios y cual es su función.

MAPA DE MELIPONARIOS: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1G-qOc2LAF0J1lgWGH55i_9uPmMY

22 Meliponarios: 

  • 1 meliponario universitario con la Universidad Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo 
  • 2 meliponarios pedagógicos 
  • 1 meliponario de investigación 
  • 3 meliponarios de reproducción de colonias 
  • 15 meliponarios comunitarios en las zonas indígenas de Quintana Roo y Yucatán 

Hemos impartido más de 100 talleres de meliponicultura en Maya y Español 

Beekeeping houses and map

In 2016 we made a retrospective of our work. We had made great advance in the repopulation of Melipona bees in mayan communities. Each one of the beekeeping houses we installed has a different function. In the next map you can see were they are localized:

 

MAPS    

22 Beekeeping Houses:

  • 1 Melipona beekeeping home at the Intercultural Mayan University of Quintana Roo 
  • 2 pedagogical beekeeping  homes 
  • 1 research beekeeping home 
  • 3 colony reproduction melipona beekeeping homes 
  • 15 communitary melipona beekeeping homes in the indigenous zone of Quintana Roo and Yucatan. 

We had facilitated more than 100 meliponiculture workshops in spanish and mayan.

We are involved in academic research projects with different universities as: Universidad Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo (UIMQROO), El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), la Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY).

Rewards

The biggest satisfaction you get helping this project is contribute directly to preserve the Quintana Roo jungle, contribute with the mayan communities development and to reproduce more meliponas, an important stingless bee in danger of extinction. 
 
However we have some juicy rewards to make the experience more unforgettable.
 
 
The beekeepers from the mayan jungle, their family, and all the Fundacion Melipona Maya express our gratitude for your contribution!
 
 
 

-Welcome to the Hive-

*5 USD (estimated)
 
Thanks for your contribution! Receive a digital postcard as our gratitude and we will mention you on our social media.
 
-Welcome to the Hive +  Membership- 
 
 
-WELCOME TO THE HIVE + DIGITAL MEMBERSHIP
*$17-18 USD (estimated)
 
Thanks for your contribution. We’ll add you to our sponsors album. Also receive our digital membership. With this membership we give you license as a Melipona Friend! That mean’s you’ll receive exclusive content on mayan bees research.
Tarjeta de Membresía / Membership Card

Tarjeta de Membresía / Membership Card

-DIGITAL MEMBERSHIP + EXCLUSIVE BOOK

*$46 USD (estimated)

Thanks for your contribution!! We’ll add you to our kickstarter hive album. Get your digital membership. And also receive our exclusive book “Melipona. The sacred Mayan Bee”” available in spanish or french from the author Roch Domerego, apitherapeute, researcher and member of the Fundacion Melipona Maya.

Book available in Spanish or French

Book available in Spanish or French

 -DIGITAL MEMBERSHIP + BOOK + MELIPONA BEE HONEY

*$84 USD (estimated)

Thanks for your contribution. We will set you in our sponsors album. Receive our digital membership. This reward includes our exclusive book “Melipona: la abeja sagrada maya”. Get also a jar of MELIPONA BEE HONEY (280 gr), organic and harvested in Tulum mayan communities.

Melipona Bee Honey Jar

Melipona Bee Honey Jar

-ADOPT A HIVE + MELIPONA BEE HONEY + BOOK + MEMBERSHIP

*$162 USD (estimated)

Get all the rewards above + Adopt a Hive!! One of the hives we distribute in mayan communities will have a plate with your name and our gratitude. You can put a name to your hive and we certify we will take care of your hive with our beekeeping methods, with full respect for the bees. You’ll receive digital images and short videos of the hive you adopt!

Certificate for the hives

Certificate for the hives

-MELIPONA BEES AMBASSADOR-

$675 USD (estimated)

¡Thank you so much for your contribution! 
We will add you as “Melipona bee Ambassador” in our sponsors album. 

Receive all the previous rewards. Also you will have the benefit of sponsoring 4 new hives that will be distributed in Tulum nearby mayan communities. Whoa! you’re really helping to preserve the jungle and reproduce melipona bees! You will get digital material from all the management of your hives. The plate will be in the “Najil Cab”, house of the bees in mayan, as an Embassador of the Xunan Cab bees. 

"Najil Cab" (The house of the bees), as an Ambassador you'll have a certificate in the hives house

“Najil Cab” (The house of the bees), as an Ambassador you’ll have a certificate in the hives house

THE QUEEN BEE!

$2430 USD (estimated)

You are the Queen Bee from the Hive!! 

Thank you so much for your contribution. You will receive all our rewards. 

But, as you are the queen bee, we invite you and a partner to spend a weekend in Tulum with food and hotel included (4 nights). 

You will visit our main beekeeping house and the nearby mayan communities we collaborate with. 

The team will facilitate private workshops for you and your partner and you can also harvest honey from the hive you adopt. We will take you to the Bees God (Ah Mucen Cab) Temple (El Castillo), in Tulum Archeological Zone, and we’ll explain you about the mayans and the sacred stingless bee. 

While you are here you will be able to put the certificate to the hives you adopt, name your hives and harvest honey from them.

The Hotel accomodation and meals are in Hotel Don Diego de la Selva. It’s a rustic style gem in the jungle.

You can see the photogallery from the hotel here

El Castillo (Main Temple), house of the melipona bees god

El Castillo (Main Temple), house of the melipona bees god

 

Hotel Don Diego de la Selva

Hotel Don Diego de la Selva

 

The pool waiting for you to chill

The pool waiting for you to chill

 

 

Receive a private workshop

Receive a private workshop

 

Visit the communities beekeeping houses

Visit the communities beekeeping houses

 

SALVA A LAS ABEJAS / SAVE THE BEES!

SALVA A LAS ABEJAS / SAVE THE BEES!

 

Risks and challenges

A nivel ambiental corremos el riesgo de retrasos en la floración que implica también un retraso en la división de colmenas. No obstante este es el cuarto año consecutivo que hacemos reproducción de núcleos, tenemos maestía en la técnica de división de colmenas.

Los canales de comunicación en Tulum son todavía nuevos y hace falta más servicios. Los envíos a cualquier lugar de México o el mundo podrían ser más caros que en otros lugares por este motivo. Y tal vez tener retrasos.

La producción de miel de melipona es mucho menor que la de Apis Melifera, una colmena puede producir entre 1-2 kg de miel al año. Por esta razón podría ser que no sólo recibas miel de la colmena que adoptas, sino también de otras colmenas.

Summary:
UNA ABEJA SAGRADA. UNA CULTURA ANCESTRAL. LA SELVA PENINSULAR QUE DESEMBOCA EN EL MAR CARIBE… “El Renacimiento de la abeja sagrada de los Mayas”, es el llamado que hacemos a la humanidad para colaborar con la salvaguarda y reproducción de abejas meliponas en las comunidades mayas de Tulum, México.
See Campaign: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/meliponamaya/la-abeja-sagrada-maya-the-sacred-mayan-bee
Contact Information:
Fundación Melipona Maya

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