12 Ajaw 8 K’ank’in (December 26, 2015): La Libertad, Yaxunah, and Cobán

12 Ajaw 8 K'ank'in. Drawings by  Jorge Pérez de Lara.

12 Ajaw 8 K’ank’in. Drawings by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

To give our readers an idea of the wide range of workshops in diverse geographical communities, we present in this blog three workshops in three Maya languages that were supported by MAM grants in recent months.

(Map courtesy Coe and Kerr: The Maya Scribe and his World)

(Map courtesy Coe and Kerr: The Maya Scribe and his World)

I. La Libertad , Chiapas, Mexico by Pablo Sántiz Gómez (Tzeltal Maya)

On the 12th, 13th and 14th of November this year I went to the community of La Libertad, Municipality of Huixtán, Chiapas, Mexico to teach a workshop on Maya epigraphy (tz’iib’) of our ancestors, aimed at students in sixth grade and third grade in the school Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez.

It was awesome when I started giving the workshop because the students were so pleased, because in the state of Chiapas, almost no one has done this kind of workshop.

The students were so pleased, because in the state of Chiapas, almost no one has done this kind of workshop.

The students were so pleased, because in the state of Chiapas, almost no one has done this kind of workshop.

Only the teacher Martin Gómez Ramírez has worked with the students in the casas de culturas in the highlands of Chiapas, so there is much work to do on Maya epigraphy. For three days I felt very happy to teach the workshop and the students were very happy to know, write, and re-capture our Maya ancestry. Continue reading

5 Ajaw 8 Mak (December 6, 2015): Ancient Maya Writing and Calendar

11 Ajaw 8 Kej. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

11 Ajaw 8 Kej. Drawing by Jorge Pérez de Lara.

Note from the President: With this blog we mark the close of our 2015 grant season and turn our attention to the 2016 planning efforts for the Third International Congress of Maya Epigraphers, hosted and organized by the Fundación Proyecto Linguistico Francisco Marroquín, or PLFM, in Antigua, Guatemala. We are proud to say we supported thirty-five grass-roots workshops this year.  We will try to put together a statistical overview of this year’s grants in a blog in the near future, with places and languages and numbers of students, etc., but for now, let us enjoy this second workshop by the team of K’anal Akpub’ and Ajpub’ García in Highland Chiapas near the Guatemala border (please see our blog 1 Ajaw 8 Sek, June 29, 2015 for the first workshop and a map).  Thank you for your attention.

Bruce Love

Ojer Maya Tz’ib’ II
By María Bertha Ajpub’ Santiz (K’anal Ajpub’)
1 Ajaw 8 Sek, June 29, 2015

Report: Ojer Maya Tz’ib’ y Calendario (Ancient Maya Writing and Calendar), October 27-28, 2015

Again, my thanks to the foundation Mayas for Ancient Mayan, for continued support of the promotion of knowledge, with small financial contributions, to carry out and conduct these workshops with our Maya brothers and sisters. Continue reading