13 Ajaw 3 Wayeb (March 31, 2013): Third Event in Cobán

In a previous blog (11 Ajaw 3 Muwan, January 10, 2013), we reported on two events in Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, organized by Marina Rosales, Yudy Mo’ Isem, and Mario Sebastián Caal Jucub, all participants at the 2012 Congreso in Valladolid. The response to these two workshops was so powerful that they organized a third event, which we bring to you here.

The mission was beautifully and succinctly stated:

Strengthen Maya identity by taking ownership of ancient Maya writing; for teachers and specialists that work in education within the Maya communities.

The opening prayer of the Third Cobán Event of December 4 and 5, 2012. The ceremony was intercultural (Maya-Catholic).

The opening prayer of the Third Cobán Event of December 4 and 5, 2012. The ceremony was intercultural (Maya-Catholic).

On the first day, the instructors (Mario Caal with his back to the camera) reviewed and synthesized the previous two workshops, covering the themes of history, calendar system, and ancient Maya writing.

On the first day, the instructors (Mario Caal with his back to the camera) reviewed and synthesized the previous two workshops, covering the themes of history, calendar system, and ancient Maya writing.

Attendance was high, more than 80 participants.

Attendance was high, more than 80 participants.

The second day expanded on the contents and structure of Maya writing.

The second day expanded on the contents and structure of Maya writing.

The attendance was diverse including teachers, specialists from various institutions, and Maya leaders . . .

The attendance was diverse including teachers, specialists from various institutions, and Maya leaders . . .

and included some children.

and included some children.

Adults can be quite as enthusiastic as children. Marina (left) and Yudy look on.

Adults can be quite as enthusiastic as children. Marina (left) and Yudy look on.

All this took place on December 4 and 5, 2012. We look forward to supporting further efforts of these Maya scholars in 2013.

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