Valladolid workshop with Crisanto and Patricia
by Bruce Love
In May, 2010, I gave a workshop in Valladolid, Yucatán, at the invitation of FoM colleague Crisanto Kumul. Attending were “high school” students from Crisanto’s home town of Siisbicch’en and university students from UNO (Universidad del Oriente), all speakers of Mayat’aan (Yucateco). The setting was perfect, in an old converted hacienda on the northern outskirts of town. FoM colleague Patricia Martínez Huchim from nearby Tizimin assisted.
- Here the assignment is to find the distance numbers in the Yaxchilan hieroglyphic stairway One of Crisanto’s students, María de los Angeles Couo Uc, demonstrated a set of calendar wheels she had invented which she could use to recreate any Calendar Round date by adjusting the Haab and Tsolk’in names and numbers.
- During one of the breaks, Patricia shared Maya calendars from Guatemala. She brought these from the PLFM weekend that we had in Antigua in March of the same year. One of the greatest satisfactions of our work is witnessing the interchange between Maya groups that may not otherwise get a chance to connect.