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

6 Ajaw 8 Wo (April 30, 2015): Beginner Workshop for Ancient and Contemporary Maya Writing

6 Ajaw 8 Wo. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

6 Ajaw 8 Wo. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

Sunday, March 22, in the “city hall” of Kikil, in the municipality of Tizimín, Yucatán.

Two workshops of one hour each took place within the setting of a public celebration of a Ch’a Chaak rain ceremony.

Twenty-two children in total attended the workshop, some at 11 a.m., the others at 2:00 p.m.

It was possible to cover the following: numbers, colors, and the cardinal directions.

The organization PRODETUR of Tizimín provided refreshments for the children, as well as pencils and workbooks.

The Foundation Dondé donated backpacks and the children’s version of the Popol Vuh.

Deira Jiménez and her father, a painter, donated fifteen copies of Maya Numbers of Yesterday and Today for the children.

Many thanks to MAM for all their help.

Photos of Kikil on Sunday, March 22:

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12 Ajaw 8 Pop (April 10, 2015): Glyph Workshop for Mayas in the Achí Linguistic Community

12 Ajaw 8 Pop. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

12 Ajaw 8 Pop. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

GLYPH WORKSHIP FOR MAYAS IN THE ACHÍ LINGUISTIC COMMUNITY

By

Andrés Cholotío García, Executive Director PLFM Foundation

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Date and place: Event took place in Cubulco, Baja Verapaz on March 1, 2015.
Theme: How to write in tz’iib’ (hieroglyphs).
Coordination by: Andrés Cholotío García and the Achí linguistic community
Instructor: Andrés Cholotío García
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5 Ajaw 13 K’umk’u (March 21, 2015): Workshops past, present, and future

5 Ajaw 13 Kumk'u. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

5 Ajaw 13 Kumk’u. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

Since initiating our current mini-grant program (maximum $200) in January, we have approved and financed eight new workshops; some recently completed, some taking place at this printing, and some planned for the near future. We also have five additional letters of inquiry that will likely result in grants and workshops.

As the reports and pictures come in from the field, we look forward to printing them in upcoming blogs; but while waiting for the first informes to arrive, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to plot all the workshops that MAM or MAM affiliates have performed up to now, including workshops I have given on behalf of MAM and workshops by our Maya colleagues on their own behalf, in their own or nearby communities.

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How gratifying to see such a wide geographical spread, and how instructive to see areas under-served such as Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, and much of Chiapas. While it may be tempting to congratulate ourselves, better to re-energize our efforts supporting Mayas learning and teaching the glyphs and the calendar. Adelante!

Submitted by Bruce Love, Ph.D., President, MAM

11 Ajaw 13 K’ayab (March 1, 2015): Jolom Konob’ (Santa Eulalia), Guatemala. Final Installment

11 Ajaw 13 K'ayab. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

11 Ajaw 13 K’ayab. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

Dear readers, we have lingered on Santa Eulalia for some time now, this being the fourth and final blog post from there.

In the 1920s, almost a century ago, anthropologists rocked the academic world by discovering the Maya calendar still in use in the remote Cuchumatanes Mountains of Guatelmala, which of course was not news to the Mayas themselves who incorporate the tsolk’in and the year bearers in their daily lives.

Study area of the 1927 Tulane University expedition from The Year Bearer’s People (1931) by Oliver La Farge and Douglas Byer.

Study area of the 1927 Tulane University expedition from The Year Bearer’s People (1931) by Oliver La Farge and Douglas Byer.

Oliver La Farge returned to Santa Eulalia in 1932 to focus specifically on the calendar and bring to the outside world its inner workings and the ways of the people using it. Continue reading

4 Ajaw 13 Pax (Feburary 9, 2015): Jolom Konob’ (Santa Eulalia), Guatemala. Part III

4 Ajaw 13 Pax. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

4 Ajaw 13 Pax. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

The nature of Classic Maya writing was explained using examples taken directly from the stelae. This was followed by study of the calendar system, including the Long Count, the Tzolk’in (Stxolilal Q’inale’ in Q’anjob’al) and the Haab.

To better explain the calendars, exercise activities were done showing how the calendars worked. To understand the Cholq’ij (Tzolk’in) the participants formed two circles, one representing the 20 day-names and the other the numbers 1-13. The idea was the students learned how at the point where the two circles came together they were creating a single date; in effect the students themselves became a living calendar of 260 days!

An exercise to practice the numbers in Q’anjob’al directed by Igor.

An exercise to practice the numbers in Q’anjob’al directed by Igor.

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10 Ajaw 13 Muwan (January 20, 2015): Jolom Konob’ (Santa Eulalia), Guatemala. Part II

10 Ajaw 13 Muwan. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

10 Ajaw 13 Muwan. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

Happily, the workshop took place on the day 6 Kixkab’ (No’j/Kab’an) and 7 Chinax (Tijax/Etz’nab) (December 8 and 9, 2014). The facilitators were Igor Xoyón (Maya Kaqchikel), Karina Coy (Maya Kaqchikel) and Alejandro Garay of the Sak Chuwen Group, each of whom were participants in the recent International Congress of Maya Epigraphers that took place in Ocosingo, Chiapas.

Organizers and instructors (left to right): Alejandro Garay, Kaxho, Igor Xoyon, and B’alam Sotz’.

Organizers and instructors (left to right): Alejandro Garay, Kaxho, Igor Xoyon, and B’alam Sotz’.

Although the workshop took place during very cold weather (around 45 degrees F.) the atmosphere was warm and friendly due to the great interest that the almost 40 participants showed, who were constantly asking questions and seeking answers. The workshop began with a short prayer invoking the ancestor Kixkab’, to thank him for the opportunity to learn about the history of the Maya people. Continue reading

3 Ajaw 13 K’ank’in (December 31, 2014): Jolom Konob’ (Santa Eulalia), Guatemala. Part I

3 Ajaw 13 K'ank'in. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

3 Ajaw 13 K’ank’in. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

Jolom Konob’ (Santa Eulalia) in northern Huehuetenango is one of the most important towns of the Q’anjob’al Maya nation. It is also one of the most distant points in the Highlands that one can visit from Guatemala City, more than ten hours by car in the heart of the Cuchumatanes Mountains.

View of the church and central park of Santa Eulalia.

View of the church and central park of Santa Eulalia.

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9 Ajaw 13 Mak (December 11, 2014): First Course in Epigraphy, Maní, Yucatán

9 Ajaw 13 Mak. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.
9 Ajaw 13 Mak. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

First Course in Epigraphy, Maní, Yucatán
July 14-18, 2014

Given by Iván Jiménez, Daniela Cano Chan, and Atilano Ceballos (these three were participants at the Second International Congress of Maya Epigraphers in Ocosingo, Chiapas).

Iván Jiménez (on the left) and Atilano Ceballos participating in the Second International Congress of Maya Epigraphers in Ocosingo, Chiapas.

Iván Jiménez (on the left) and Atilano Ceballos participating in the Second International Congress of Maya Epigraphers in Ocosingo, Chiapas.

July 14 and 15
2 Oc and 3 Chuen

The course began with a prayer to Father-Mother God giving thanks for the day and for what was occurring. Continue reading

2 Ajaw 13 Kej (November 21, 2014): Interview with MAM president Bruce Love

2 Ajaw 13 Kej. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

2 Ajaw 13 Kej. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

Dear Reader,

This month we are presenting a video interview instead of our usual blog entry. John Daigle, who produces the web site http://mayaglypher.com interviewed me at the recent Maya at the Playa Meetings in Palm Coast, Florida. The interview outlines our history and our future trajectory up to the point of our dissolution in 2016.

I apologize to our Spanish-speaking colleagues that this blog is only in English, but it may be worth playing the video to see the pictures. Next month we will return to our bi-lingual format.

Bruce Love, President
MAM