10 Ajaw 13 Muwan (January 20, 2015): Jolom Konob’ (Santa Eulalia), Guatemala. Part II

10 Ajaw 13 Muwan. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

10 Ajaw 13 Muwan. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

Happily, the workshop took place on the day 6 Kixkab’ (No’j/Kab’an) and 7 Chinax (Tijax/Etz’nab) (December 8 and 9, 2014). The facilitators were Igor Xoyón (Maya Kaqchikel), Karina Coy (Maya Kaqchikel) and Alejandro Garay of the Sak Chuwen Group, each of whom were participants in the recent International Congress of Maya Epigraphers that took place in Ocosingo, Chiapas.

Organizers and instructors (left to right): Alejandro Garay, Kaxho, Igor Xoyon, and B’alam Sotz’.

Organizers and instructors (left to right): Alejandro Garay, Kaxho, Igor Xoyon, and B’alam Sotz’.

Although the workshop took place during very cold weather (around 45 degrees F.) the atmosphere was warm and friendly due to the great interest that the almost 40 participants showed, who were constantly asking questions and seeking answers. The workshop began with a short prayer invoking the ancestor Kixkab’, to thank him for the opportunity to learn about the history of the Maya people.

The participants during the workshop.

The participants during the workshop.

Igor helping with an explanation during an exercise. (Note the candles burning for the ancestors.)

Igor helping with an explanation during an exercise. (Note the candles burning for the ancestors.)

Karina Coy and Igor explaining one of the subjects.

Karina Coy and Igor explaining one of the subjects.

Throughout the workshop, it was shown how to read and write Q’anjob’al using the glyphs from the Classic Period. There were clear similarities between Maya Q’anjob’al and the Classic Maya on the stelae of cities like Tikal and Copan. From the youngest to the oldest, the participants were emotionally moved to be able to see and to write Maya words using maya paytz’ib (Q’anjob’al for “ancient Maya writing”).

Although it was very cold, the workshop was full of much interest and enthusiasm.

Although it was very cold, the workshop was full of much interest and enthusiasm.

Adults and children came together to learn Maya Paytz’ib (ancient Maya writing in Q’anjob’al).

Adults and children came together to learn Maya Paytz’ib (ancient Maya writing in Q’anjob’al).

Lizbeth and Aracely came from Soloma to participate and support the workshop.

Lizbeth and Aracely came from Soloma to participate and support the workshop.

To be continued.

Written by Alejandro Garay, Sak Chuwen Group, translated from Spanish to English by Bruce Love.

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