NEW INFORMATIVE BOOKS & EDUCATIONAL CARTOON STYLE BOOKS

Our new books provide an enjoyable learning experience for people of all ages

EDUCATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOKS

On several theme groups related to Mayan culture of 2000 years in Guatemala, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador

Educational books on plants

Utilitarian trees of the Mayan Neotropical seasonal rain forests shown in a friendly and interactive point of view for educational purpose.

Educational books on animals

Showing different aspects from all the variety of animals we have studied, will be presented in our educational comics.

Satire on
Human Behavior

Delightful comic books on modern quirks (but set 2000 years ago), such as punk hair styles, unhealthy junk food and dog fashion shows.

Educational comics on adventures

Friendly, funny comics can also be educational, since a peer-reviewed journal article is tough to hold the attention of most students.

ILLUSTRATED BOOKS
with humor and satire

Our first two books on plants are comical illustrations on trees of the rain forests. Each tree is an personified educational spokesperson for their species’ need for survival.

Each of these trees explains how essential it is in the local eco-system and in the diet of local monkeys, other mammals of the treetops, and dozens of species of local birds.

RESEARCH

Dr Nicholas raises three species (species, not varieties) of cacao trees plus has spent over eight years studying all the seasonings, flavorings, and ingredients used by the Aztec and Mayan people to create chocolate-like cocoa drinks for over 2000 years.

ECO-FRIENDLY
MAYA BEE

A Maya bee colony can be found in many remote Maya villages. Last week we found two different Mayan families with Maya bee nests in a Q’eqchi’ Mayan mountain area of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala.

These are stingless Meliponia type bees, raised in hollow logs.

We at FLAAR Reports (FLAAR (USA) and FLAAR Mesoamerica (Guatemala), the parent entities of MayanToons) also raise a Maya bee colony in our office research garden.

So you can expect a true female Maya bee comic book character to explain the difference between the German Maya the bee and the Guatemalan Maya bee character.

REMARKABLE TREES, AMAZING FRUITS & UNEXPECTED FLOWERS OF GUATEMALA

Having lived in rain forests for six years, and having worked in swamps, mountains, and even two desert areas of Guatemala for decades, Dr Nicholas Hellmuth brings you the noteworthy Neotropical plants of the Prehispanic Mayan and Xinca areas of Guatemala.


You can download the four-page previews of our humorous yet educational books for free.

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Cotton

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Vine

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Junco

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Poinsettia

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Guarumo

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Strangler fig

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Rubber

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Nutmeg vs Virola

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Heliconia

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Hura Polyandra

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Tomatoes

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Avocados

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Zapoton

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Tons of photographs of flowers of utilitarian plants of Guatemala can be found on our www.maya-ethnobotany.org.



Edible food plants of the Maya and Aztec thousands of years before the Spaniards came


Sweet Potato

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Piñuela

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WARNING!

Reading an informative book by Dr Nicholas Hellmuth may cause a reverse in your eating habits.


If you love to drink delicious beverages and yummy junk food, we suggest you avoid reading about the healthy alternative plants which fed the Mayan and Aztec people for thousands of years.

Remarkable animals of Guatemala,
including endangered species

Future Educational and entertaining cartoon comic books on animals of the Mayan areas of Mesoamerica will include owls, toucans, boat-billed (night) heron, wild ocellated turkey, king vulture, venomous toad, peccary, and animals which live in the treetops: opossum, porcupine, squirrels, boa constrictor, army ants, and leaf-cutting ants (but a kind that harvest flowers, rather than just leaves).


You can download the four-page previews of our comical illustrated books for free


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Felines

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Boa Constrictor

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Wasps

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Yellow Oropendola

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Puma, COUGAR Mountain Lion

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Trigona Maya Bee

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Jaguar

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Deer of Guatemala

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MacAwesome

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Jaguarundi

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Architect Bird

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Blood-Thirsty Mayan Bat

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Spider monkey

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Crocodilian Species

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Coatimundi

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Peccary

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For more information (after you have downloaded all the animal previews) enjoy learning even more about animals on www.maya-ethnozoology.org.

It would be great if all families who visit the La Aurora Zoo in Guatemala City, had available these publications on each species at the zoo (starting with those animals which are native to Guatemala).

WARNING!

Reading an educational book by Dr Nicholas Hellmuth
may cause your children to know more than their parents.


So we suggest that parents and grandparents download these book previews first,
so that you learn before your children or grandchildren.

Satire on Human Behavior
(or misbehavior)

Our time span is 2000 years ago, but to facilitate humorous satire on modern idiocies, we will have delightful comic books on modern quirks (but set 2000 years ago), such as punk hair styles, unhealthy junk food, alternatives to carcinogenic potential of pesticide sprayers in your home, and dog fashion shows.


You can download the four page preview of our Comic Books for free.


Hair style

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toad team

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Mayan Dog
fashion show

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ADVENTURES

Our adventures take you from your modern world and transport you 2000 years into the past. How did several million Mayan people successfully survive in areas which today (with supermarkets, 18-wheeler trucks, etc) support only a fraction of the people?


Victor and Maya
Meet all the Animals

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The adventures begin: join two adventurous Mayan kids as they learn how to survive in the remote jungles of Guatemala.

Finding (Natural) Medicine
for ailing Grandmother

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These explorations are the beginning of what has the potential to become a Hollywood blockbuster animated film series.

HEALTHY FOOD

All our books will be available in both English and Spanish. The previews so far are in English (but 100% of our illustrators and graphic designers are Spanish-speaking; several also speak Mayan languages).


To help the Mayan communities, we are starting to produce two series:


One on healthy food alternatives to junk food and things which cause diabetes (the leading cause of illness in almost all Mayan villages). This series will show a tasty selection of the native plants of Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Belize, and El Salvador which fed the Mayan people for thousands of years.

Then we will have a series on the endangered animal species of the Mayan areas. Each book is in one of the 21 Mayan languages of Guatemala. We will also include the non-Maya Xinca language when we find a person in that language who can translate for us.


Kaqchikel
A to Z

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Q'eqchi'
A to Z

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Pocomchi'
A to Z

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We would also enjoy doing these books in Chorti (Guatemala and Honduras) and in the Mayan languages of Mexico, as soon as funding could be available.

Experience Chocolate,
learn about cacao of the Maya and Aztec (chocolate empire)

FLAAR raises cacao and also many of the Neotropical herbs and spices which provide flavoring for chocolate drinks of the Maya, Mixtec, Zapotec, Aztec and other people for thousands of years.


We are the first institute to specialize in a long-range program to learn about all these plants used to flavor chocolate. When funding is available, these books will enhance any chocolate kingdom exhibit and definitely improve any chocolate experience museum.



Devil's Hand
Illustrations

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Devil's Hand
Photographs

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We have two editions for each plant: an edition with humorous drawings and a separate edition with professional high-resolution photographs (taken by our own team; we don’t use random stock photos).




Cocoa and Cacao

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Achiote

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Itsimte

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Allspice

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Passionflower vines

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Chile Chocolate

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Pataxte

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Marigold

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We show here only samples of our many years of research on three species of cacao trees and several dozen species of plants used for flavoring.

A NEW VISUAL EXPERIENCE PARK

Here is the full-color FLAAR Report on the first year’s attraction.
Our second year´s attraction report is NOW available for free download!

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Dubai Garden Glow 2017
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Meet Dr Nicholas Hellmuth

This web site on our logo brand MayanToons has the advantages of the background of Nicholas’s 54 years in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador on the other educational sites of our FLAAR network.

SOME EXTRA FEATURES

You can experience the natural beauty, the remarkable eco-systems, and the Mayan, Xinca, and Garifuna people by visiting Guatemala. Nicholas came to Mexico at age 16 as a backpacker and was in the jungles of Guatemala already by age 18. Four years at Harvard, several post-graduate research positions at Yale University, with eight years research for his PhD on Mayan cosmology and iconography (at Karl-Franzens Universitat, Graz, Austria) including over 54 years on-location in Mesoamerica have provided remarkable experience for Dr Nicholas to bring his knowledge to people of all ages and backgrounds by an innovative concept of comic books, but totally educational.


Dr Nicholas is available to lecture in your home town, in Spanish, English, or German (or a translator can be provided for other languages).


Dr Hellmuth can speak on Mayan plants, food, animals, rubber ball game sport, pyramid temple & palace architecture.


He can lecture on cacao (cocoa, chocolate), on digital photography of tropical flowers. Contact: FrontDesk “at” FLAAR.org to have Dr Nicholas come to your home town anywhere in the world (last month he traveled 74,000 km in a single month, lecturing in South Africa and attending digital printer expos on three continents).

For him to come to your city it is traditional to provide a donation to the plant or animal research problem (corporate gift, foundation grant, or from the host individual or family) along with round-trip airfare and hotel.





We specialize in bringing
high-resolution photographs

Although you see a Canon logo here, Dr Nicholas tends to use a Nikon D5 and Nikon D810. But since FLAAR evaluates cameras for photographers around the world, his team also use Canon EOS cameras.


At age 16 Nicholas was photographing the Mayan ruins of Palenque with a Leica. At age 19 he used another model Leica to photograph the Tomb of the Jade Jaguar which he discovered under a pyramid at Tikal.


He soon switched to Hasselblad and then to Linhof for 4x5” and also Linhof for 8x10” in the 1990’s.


His first major digital camera had about 40 megapixels already in 1997! He was a beta tester for Dicomed (Better Light) already in that porto-digital era.


Then Dr Nicholas began to evaluate Hasselblad digital backs and found the ones he liked the best were Sinar, Phase One and Leaf. Ironically Hasselblad backs and cameras of the digital age were no longer as good as the ones Made in Germany THIRTY YEARS earlier.


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Now, in 2016 he is considering returning to Leica after seeing their advances at Photokina 2016 trade show.

So in an update to this photograph you may soon see a modern digital Leica being used by Dr Nicholas.





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