11 Ajaw 8 Kej (November 16, 2015): Our Next Incarnation

11 Ajaw 8 Kej. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

11 Ajaw 8 Kej. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

Our Next Incarnation
by Bruce Love, Ph.D.

Bruce Love pic

My dearest readers, colleagues, supporters, and donors;

As we enter into our sixth complete tsolk’in (260-day cycle) since launching our new web site with our new name MAM, on this auspicious day 11 Ajaw I introduce you to our next president, Dr. Michael Grofe, Anthropology professor at Sacramento City College in California, USA.

Last year I was planning to phase out MAM, turning our resources over to Maya colleagues to continue their work in their own right, but I have been convinced otherwise by our own board and executive committee, and I see that we should continue as long as our role is purely service-oriented, not leading but being of service, responding to our Maya colleagues’ requirements, financial and academic. Where they take the lead and express a need, we respond. Continue reading

4 Ajaw 8 Sek (October 27, 2015): Maní Workshop: Ts’íib [“Writing”]

4 Ajaw 8 Sak. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

4 Ajaw 8 Sak. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

Maní Workshop: Ts’íib (“Writing”)
by Jiménez Balan Iván de Jesús

Young people from the community of Maní were invited to participate in an epigraphy workshop. The place: U Tuch Lu’um (“naval of the land”), Maní, Yucatan.


Beginning 2 Ix 2 Xul – Ending 6 Etz’nab 6 Xul
(July 13-17, 2015)

This workshop aimed to raise awareness among young people to learn the wisdom of our grandparents, knowing the Maya syllabary, learning about ancient writing, and providing basic tools to start writing and reading ancient inscriptions. Continue reading

10 Ajaw 8 Yax (October 7, 2015): Ancient Writing in San Pedro Cutzán, Suchitepéquez

Dear readers,

As an addendum to our previous blog about the advanced workshop taught by Nikolai Grube, the Sak Chuwen Group wishes to thank a number of individuals who helped make the workshop a success, names that inadvertently were not mentioned in the last blog, persons without whose help the workshop would not have been possible:

  1. Igor Xoyon and Karina Koy for their work giving beginner and intermediate-level workshops that allowed many of the students to participate in the advanced workshop.
  2. Alejandro Garay for his superb efforts in coordination and logistics.
  3. Antonio Cuxil for offering to serve as tour guide during the visit to the ancient Maya city of Quirigua.
  4. To the team of Dirección General de Desarrollo Cultura y Fortalecimiento de las Culturas, whose arduous efforts handled the muliple details of making the workshop happen.

It is hoped that we maintain this collaboration between institutions and individuals to make possible the continuation and persistence of teaching Maya epigraphy in Guatemala.

Iyaxel Cojti Ren, Sak Chuwen Group

Today’s blog was submitted by our long-time colleague and co-organizer of the up-coming Third International Congress of Maya Epigraphers in 2016 (more about that in coming announcements), Ajpub’ Garcia Ixmatá, Tz’utujiil-speaker and resident of Antigua, Guatemala.

Ancient Writing in San Pedro Cutzán, Suchitepéquez
by Ajpub’ Pablo García Ixmatá

Again, appreciation to the foundation Mayas for Ancient Mayan for the support offered for the teaching of Maya epigraphy and the Maya calendars.

This workshop occurred on March 27, 2015, in the community of San Pedro Cutzán, Suchitepéquez. This event happened with sixty boys and girls of the “basic level,” and among them three teachers.

The majority of the youths are speakers of Maya Tz’utujiil. The themes we focused on were the following: ancient writing, the calendar of 260 days, and the territorial Mesoamerican spaces where Maya cities (archaeological sites) are found today.

“Basic Level” institute, San Pedro Cutzán.

“Basic Level” institute, San Pedro Cutzán.

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3 Ajaw 8 Ch’en (September 17, 2015): Advanced Workshop by Nikolai Grube

3 Ajaw 8 Ch'en. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

3 Ajaw 8 Ch’en. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

MAM is always grateful when we are part of a team effort. Dr. Grube has been giving advanced workshops for Guatemalans ever since the early days of Linda Schele, and he continues to do so with the organizational support of the Sak Chuwen Group. MAM is happy to play a modest role in this annual event in which Maya epigraphers advance their knowledge.

Bruce Love, President

July 2015
By: The Sak Chuwen Group

Clases magistrales dictadas por el profesor Nikolai Grube (Foto de Negma Coy).

Lectures given by profesor Nikolai Grube (photo by Negma Coy).


From July 20 to 26, an advanced workshop in Maya epigraphy took place with great success in Guatemala City. The workshop titled “Hieroglyphic Texts and Iconography on Maya Ceramics” was led by Profesor Nikolai Grube from the University of Bonn. The workshop consisted of a series of activities that included lectures by Grube, group exercises, and a visit to various archaeological sites with the goal of reinforcing the knowledge gained during the classes.

The course was given to forty-five Mayan-speaking students from eight language communities. The following describes in more detail the various activities. Continue reading

9 Ajaw 8 Mol (August 28, 2015): Epigraphy in the Poqomchi’ Region

9 Ajaw 8 Mol. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

9 Ajaw 8 Mol. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

Dear reader/contributor;

Today’s blog breaks precedent in that I am including our grantee’s breakdown of expenses. Normally the blog presents the workshop with text and photos but not the expenses, but I wanted you to see how carefully they managed their grant money and how participants themselves contributed to their own workshop. Enjoy the blog!

Bruce Love, President

Location of Santa Cruz Verapaz

Location of Santa Cruz Verapaz

Epigraphy in the Poqomchi’ Region
Augusto Tul Rax

Subject: Report on the Use of the Mini-Grant

Respected and dearest friends of MAM, it is my special pleasure at this time to relate to you a summary of the workshops done with the help of the mini-grant that was given to us, which follows herewith; Continue reading

2 Ajaw 8 Yaxk’in (August 8, 2015): Maya Epigraphy Workshop in Jocotán, Chiquimula, Guatemala

2 Ajaw 8 Yaxk'in. Dibujo por Jorge Pérez de Lara.

2 Ajaw 8 Yaxk’in. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

Maya Epigraphy Workshop in Jocotán, Chiquimula, Guatemala
By Romelia Mo’ Isem


This workshop took place on June 20, 2015, with school teachers from the municipality of Jocotán, Chiquimula, organized by José García, Director of the Jocotán Normal School.

The objective was to show the relationship between the spoken Maya and the Maya written in hieroglyphics. Continue reading

8 Ajaw 8 Xul (July 19, 2015): Report from El Estor, Izabal, Guatemala

8 Ajaw 8 Xul

Report from El Estor, Izabal, Guatemala

Maya Epigraphy Workshop forQ’eqchi’ Maya-speaking Teachers

Wajxaqib’ Ajmaq, April 6, 2015
B’eleeb No’j, April 7, 2015

By: Victor Maquin, Q’eqchi’ Maya-speaker, Event Coordinator


In the head town of the municipality of El Estor, Department of Izabal, Guatemala, located in the territory of the Q’eqchi’ Maya people, on the shores of Lake Isabal, a training workshop took place on Maya epigraphy focused toward Q’eqchi’-speaking school teachers, in order to promote the recovery of Maya cultural values, specifically the ancient Maya writing and its application in the school environment.

The activity was developed with the participation of representatives, women and men, from various educational institutions from the northern region of Guatemala. The training workshop came about through the efforts of Victor Maquin, Event Coordinator, who participated in the Second International Congress of Maya Epigraphers in Ocosingo, Chiapas, Mexico, in May, 2014, and as part of the agreement to spread the acquired knowledge from the said international event, and thanks to the help of Dr. Bruce Love, president of the international organization MAM (Maya Antiguo para los Mayas) with headquarters in the United States.

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1 Ajaw 8 Sek (June 29, 2015): Informe del Tz’ib’

1 Ajaw 8 Sek. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

1 Ajaw 8 Sek. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

By K’anal Ajpub’ Santiz (María Bertha Santiz Pérez)

First, our appreciation to the organization Maya Antiguo para los Mayas (MAM) for promoting and supporting with small grants the fulfillment of these activities of Ojer Tz’ib’ [ancient writing]. With the grain of maize that has been planted now, we are sure to harvest maize of various colors from the teaching of Ojer Tz’ib’. Members of MAM, thank you very much for this contribution to the Tojolab’ales, which was very supportive and very important as it was of great interest to feel and experience a sense of our ancestors.

That is why I, K’anal Ajpub’ (Bertha María Santíz Pérez), on behalf of the people of El Rosario Bahuitz extend our most sincere thanks to all those who struggle every day to share new knowledge (unfortunately many do not know their historical past) and in this way to reflect and raise awareness and regain ancestral history to all those interested, as an example to these children who are the future of tomorrow.


To orient our readers, here is a map of the Tojolabal region, red, on the Guatemala/Chiapas border.

Comunidad El Rosario Bahuitz (lugar de los cerros).

Community of El Rosario Bahuitz (place of the hills).

The event took place on February 28, 2105, in the community of El Rosario Bahuitz (place of the hills), in the municipality of Las Margaritas, Chiapas, Mexico, with the students of the Escuela Telesecundario Emilio Rabasa Estebanell, where the commissary, in coordination with the committee padres de familia de la comunidad, very kindly gave thanks for bringing a new dynamic to the development of their children, for reclaiming their identity as Maya speakers by means of Ojer Tz’ib and language use in the community. Continue reading

7 Ajaw 8 Sotz’ (June 9, 2015): Epigraphy Event in Coban, Alta Verapaz

7 Ajaw 8 Sotz'. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

7 Ajaw 8 Sotz’. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

By Marina Rosales López and Mario Sebastián Caal Jucub

General Information

Date: March 28 (12 Kej)

Location: Auditorium of the Instituto Normal  Mixto del Norte “Emilio Rosales Ponce,” Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala

Coordinators: Marina Rosales López and Mario Sebastián Jucub

Participants: 35 participants and 2 instructors

The Event

First Part:

The workshop began at 8:00 a.m. with an invocation with the participation of thirty-five persons and two instructors. The participants came from five municipalities of the Department of Alta Verapaz being the following: San Juan Chamelco, Carchá, Cobán, San Cristobal Verapaz, and Tactic; the majority were Q’eqchi’ speakers and some Poqomchi’. The participants were for the most part teachers of various grades and students of teaching for primary schools. It took place on this date taking advantage of the recess for holy week the Wayeb’ celebration that happens in the north region of the country. For this reason the event was divided into two parts, the first being calendrical and the second being about the ancient writing. The first part was taught by Mario Sebastián Caal.

Participants and instructors

Participants and instructors

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13 Ajaw 8 Sip (May 20, 2015): Three mini-workshops for Maya leaders, men and women

13 Ajaw 8 Sip. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

13 Ajaw 8 Sip. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

Written by Clemente Peneleu

  1. Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, Sololá, Guatemala, 5 Imox 14 Pax (February10, 2015).
Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, Sololá, Guatemala.  5 Imox  15 Pax.

Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, Sololá, Guatemala. 5 Imox 15 Pax.

Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, Sololá, Guatemala. 5 Imox  15 Pax.

Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán, Sololá, Guatemala. 5 Imox 15 Pax.

This workshop on the calendar and numeration in the codices lasted from morning to evening. The participants were twenty-six leaders, men and women from Maya communities of the highlands, who were taking courses for a diploma in Political Formation of Indigenous Leaders from the point of view of the Maya. I was given the opportunity to work with them to develop the theme: the calendar from the codices. Over the course of the workshop I was very pleased to observe that the participants were very energized and interested by the subject, leaving us eager to continue this work at a later date. Continue reading