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.
The work is divided as follows: presentation of basic concepts of the system of writing; exercises with Poqomam words using the syllabary; deciphering an ancient hieroglyphic text to learn the formal use of syllables, logograms, dates, and numbering; and finally, making an individual project writing a formal text using the long count, tsolk’in and haab’, followed by an event with its subject, a distance number with the following date and another event, related to the first individual. For the final presentation, each student drew their text on material, ceramic or wood, to show the group. They made texts on vases, plates round or oval, and pieces of wood.
At the end of each program, the participants were happy knowing the system of Maya glyphic writing and how to use it in their own Maya language. Everyone expressed their desire to know more about the history of the ancient Maya civilization written in the Maya glyphs. For this reason, we are expecting to do more glyph workshops during the current year, as always with the help of my colleagues Antonio Cuxil, Lolmay and Hector Xol.
Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the Congress and hopefully you can continue supporting the work of spreading Maya epigraphy to the different groups that live here in Guatemala.
P.S. Below I send you photographs that show part of the work we have done.