Linda Schele’s vision of Mayas learning the glyphs is now well advanced. Today we witness not only Mayas learning the glyphs, but also Mayas teaching the glyphs, which is the goal of our organization, MAM.
At the upcoming Second International Congress of Maya Epigraphers, beginning students will be taught by two teams of Maya epigraphers, the Sak Chuwen Group and a newly formed group Ajtz’ib’ab’ Fundación PLFM, coordinated by Ajpub’ García.
Members of the Ajtz’ib’ab’ PLFM worked together at one of the advanced tables at the 2012 congreso. Seated (From upper left) are Waykan Benito, Ajpub’ García, Clemente Peneleu, Rony Lopez, and Hector Xol Ch’ok.
Crisanto Kumul, who taught at the 2010 PLFM workshop, will also be joining this team, as well and Walter Paz, Ana Lopez, and Tojin Benito.
The other group will be the Sak Chuwen Group: (from left to right) Iyaxel Cojti, Alejandro Garay, Igor Xoyon, and Romelia Mo’. Joining the Sak Chuwen Group will be some new names to our readers: Pakal Rodríguez, Berta Coy, Edna Delgado, Ruperto Montejo, William Marcos, José Perez. (Alejandro is not Maya but has been an integral part of the team for some years.)
The two teams will take turns teaching the beginners. While they are not teaching, they themselves will be learning, taking advance courses on the inscriptions of Palenque from well-known Mexican epigrapher Guillermo Bernal.
Dr. Guillermo Bernal, from Centro de Estudios Mayas at la UNAM, is an internationally recognized epigrapher with a specialty in the inscriptions of Palenque.
It is fitting that our current fund-raising campaign features members of both teams. Hector’s image leads off our campaign home page.
This blog on 8 Ajaw marks the half-way mark on our campaign that runs for 40 days (2 winales, from 1 Ajaw to 2 Ajaw).
Many of you have already contributed, and we thank you deeply. More importantly, our Maya colleagues thank you.