National Geographic : 1922 Feb
Courtesy ofThe Carnegie Institution ofWashington A CHICLE (CHEWING-GUM) CAMP IN A CLEARING IN THE FORESTS OF PETEN, GUATEMALA These camps are located near aguadas, or water-holes, and are sometimes of a fairly permanent nature. The houses have palm-leaf thatched roofs and sides of boughs, and are thoroughly water-proof. A pile of chicle bales is seen in the foreground, each weighing from Ioo to150 pounds and being about the size of a large block of ice. The Carnegie Expedition's mule-train has justarrived atthis camp; two mules arebeing unloaded at the left of the picture, and the table and cots are already set up for the night. Retiring inthese forests isnolight task, involving, as it does, the arrangement of an elaborate mosquito-netting and a search for stray insects with an electrictorch before theprocess iscomplete.