In November of last year we received this report from Alfredo Hau, former student of Crisanto Kumul and Valladolid congreso participant in the advanced workshop. The following is his report.
“Between August and October, 2012, I (José Alfredo Hau Caamal) took part in a project regarding care of the cultural legacy in communities close to the archaeological site of Chichén Itzá, in which we included activities such as epigraphy. The project consisted of offering workshops about the way to care for the cultural legacy, including Maya hieroglyphs.
So as to gain a better understanding, the children were taught to write their names using the ancient Maya script. In order to do this, we used the Maya syllabary; they were first offered a brief explanation concerning the use of the writing system; then, they were offered the required materials and they embarked on their own discovery of the way of writing with this system, helped by an instructor.
The workshops were held in the community of Pisté Tinum, Xkopteil, Chankom and Sotuta.
Students of the Jacinto Canek school from the Pisté Tinum community and José Alfredo Hau Caamal.
Guatemalan participants from the Valladolid Congreso have been active in Cobán, organizing and presenting workshops on glyphs and the calendar. Marina Rosales López, Yudy Mo’ Isem, and Mario Sebastián Caal Jucub have taken the initiative and dedicated themselves to bringing Maya glyphs and the calendar to the Mayan-speaking communities of Alta Verapaz. MAM colleagues Sebastián Si and Leonel Pacay, who were also in Valladolid, assisted during one of the workshops.
Event 1 took place on September 27, 2012, for 30 personnel from the Guatemalan Department of Education. The agenda is presented below. The principle objective? Strengthen Maya identity by taking ownership of ancient Maya writing; for teachers and specialists that work in education within the Maya communities.
Inducción sobre “Escritura Maya Antigua”, dirigido a Equipo Técnico de la DIDEDUC A.V., ALMG C.L. Q’EQCHI’, y docentes líderes.
FECHA: 27 de septiembre del 2,012 (Lajeeb’ Tz’ikin)
LUGAR: Hotel Don Francisco, Cobán Alta Verapaz.
HORARIO: 8:00 a 16:00 horas.
PARTICIPANTES: 25 personas, del Equipo Técnico DIDEDUC-ALMG y docentes.
RESPONSABLES: DIGEBI, DIDEDUC, ALMG C.L.Q’.
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