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The Last Producer of Black Salt


Maximino Gómez y Gómez, 70 years old, show salt deposits near the Chixoy river. Photo: Jeff Abbott/Comvite
Maximino Gómez y Gómez, 70 years old, show salt deposits near the Chixoy river. Photo: Jeff Abbott/Comvite

Don Maximino Gómez y Gómez slowly climbs down the stairs along the banks of the Chixoy River in Sacapulas, Quiché. Once on the beach, he motions towards a large excavated area of soil with splotches of white scattered across it. “This is where I harvest the salt,” Gómez y Gómez says.

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