As many of you know, the Texas Maya Meetings moved to Antigua this year, to begin alternating annually between Antigua and Austin. Eleven of our thirteen colleagues were able to come, along with a delegation from the Yucatan public education system.
Nick Hopkins, board member and linguist/anthropologist, attended the advanced glyph group along with Crisanto Kumul, Romelia Mo and Iyaxel Cojti. It is truly wonderful to see Nick back in the workshop-with-Mayan-speakers setting, all these years after he and his wife Kathryn actually started glyph workshops for Mayas back in the 1980s.(please see Acerca de MAM)
Others attended the beginners’ workshop, learning the basics of the Maya calendar and the script. New colleagues Irene Ake’ (front) from Campeche and Martín Gomez from Chiapas, along with our returning member, Ana Patricia Martínez from Yucatán, all gave very high marks to the instructor and the overall four-day workshop experience.
Oswaldo Chinchilla-Mazariegos, Director of the Popol Vuj Museum in Guatemala City, taught the Spanish beginners course. Here he is reviewing the structure of calendar round dates. We, the board members of Friends of the Maya, are proud to announce that Oswaldo has agreed to join our board and to be our contact person for Guatemalan affairs. He has a good working relationship with indigenous groups and already has professional ties with a number or our Maya colleagues.
Iyaxel (right) and Romelia worked intently during the advanced workshop. The workshop was in English, which provided an added challenge. One of the things FoM is promoting is advanced glyph workshops in Spanish, to accommodate all the Mayas who have now had the basics and are ready to move on in their glyph studies.