Legends of Belize, Sisimita, is a scary female similar to bigfoot believed to roam the jungles of Belize.
There are monsters of scary stories and nightmares but in Belize, Central America, there are terrifying legends about creatures that roam the jungles and waters.
We, Dismas and GrissyG, remember the warnings told to us by our grandparents and elders about horrifying creatures, when growing up in Belize.
Some stories were about an encounter with a hideous gnome who protects the jungles and is known to rip your thumbs off, other stories were about a seduction from a shape-shifting demon that would take you into the jungle to end your life. As Artists of the 21st century we collaborated to document and share the myths of our culture in a series titled: Legends of Belize.
Born in Corozal Town, Belize, Central America, we met in 1999 in art class while earning our Associates Degree at Los Angeles Mission College (LAMC) in Sylmar, California. In 2003 during Painting class taught by Barbara Kerwin, studio Arts chairwoman at LAMC, we began the series titled Legends of Belize. To develop Legends of Belize, information was compiled from childhood memories of tales, books, Internet research, and interviews with family, and fellow Belizeans. Sketchbooks were filled with our concept drawings to develop the mythic creatures with visual clues and iconography of our Belizean culture. Art logos also incorporate each individual myth and the series in graphic text form. We collaborated both conceptually and physically to sculpt and paint the creatures in our unique styles and mediums to bring the myths into this century like never before.
Legends of Belize is a series of 14 paintings, 15 graphic art logos, 14 descriptions, 2 books, and currently in production; animation and films, which capture and document the Belizean mythological creatures that have taught, scared, and intrigued people for many generations.
Discover Tata Duende, a legendary jungle gnome and other ancient Central American mythology from Belize with an entertaining and educational slide show and presentation titled, “Legends of Belize.” Learn about Belizean landmarks, iconography, and the importance of mythology in culture.
The Legends of Belize slide show and presentation is a fascinating and educational topic for your audience. We also provide presentations at keynote speaking events, paranormal conventions, museums, galleries and more.
According to legend, a little man called Tata Duende, with backwards feet, no thumbs, and a big red hat, protects the forest and animals in Belize, Central America.
Discover more about Tata Duende, Xtabai, Llorona, Bruja, and other fairytales, folklore, and mythology from Belize. Belizean mythic creatures are captured in detailed art with cultural symbols, landmarks, and animals, documented and preserved by Belizean Artists, Dismas and GrissyG.
“Legends of Belize” is a fascinating, scary, informative and cultural experience for everyone.
“Belize Watch” TV’s host on LoveTV, Rene Villanueva Sr., interviews Dismas and GrissyG about Legends of Belize, the art, process, and stories that inspired the series.