2012 was a very busy year for the Sak Chuwen group because, in addition to providing regular epigraphic workshops, the team was actively involved in two activities important on a national level: the advanced Maya epigraphy workshop with Dr. Nikolai Grube and the celebration of the 13th Piq Ab’ (the 13 Bak’tun).
Below is a brief description of some of the activities covered by the group in 2012.
I: EPIGRAPHIC WORKSHOPS
This is one of the workshops aimed at children 5 years old. Children between the ages of 4 and 16 have participated in this workshop. On the wall to the left you can see the simplified syllabary.
Waykan teaching at Academy of Maya Languages, Guatemala
Waykan, left, with advanced students at the Congress of Maya Epigraphers, Valladolid, 2013
After participating in the Congress of Maya Epigraphers in the City of Valladolid, we resumed the planned activities of teaching Maya epigraphy to different groups in the Pokomam Linguistic Community. During the months before the Congress, a group of teachers had met in the towns of Palín, Chinautla, San Luis Jilotepeque, Chuarrancho and San Pedro Ayampuc; after the Congress two more groups met in the municipality of Palín. Of these last two groups, one was composed of members enrolled in the Academy of Maya Languages of the municipality of Palín and the second were students of the “tercero básico grado” of the Center for Bilingual Education Qawinaqel, also in Palín. In this last group were youths, boys and girls, ages 14, 15, and 16. Continue reading