Crisanto Kumul Chan from Sisbicchen, Yucatán, is already well known to many of our readers, with more than two decades of experience teaching children and adults the hieroglyphs and calendar (he was the star of the final scene in the film Breaking the Maya Code by Night Fire Films [released in 2008, available at http://www.nightfirefilms.net/store/store.htm]).
At the Congreso de Epigrafistas Mayas, Crisanto acted as co-host, representing Educación Indígena of the Secretaría de Educación.
He brought his own working group to the advanced workshop taught by Zender and Hopkins.
With training by Crisanto, and now also from other top epigraphers, Crisanto’s team is ready to begin teaching on their own.
At the Wednesday night session where Maya workshop teachers shared their experiences with the whole auditorium, one of his students reviewed the formation of their group.
Apart from epigraphy, in recent years Crisanto has found that schools in Yucatán are eager for him to teach math workshops for young students.
Audience members were awed by the speed in which these youngsters could write any number using bars and dots in the vigesimal system.
In addition to the regular workshop attendees, a number of local parents and children were invited for this special session.