“Unity Through Maya Cultural Experience”: Maya Writing and Calendrics with INNO’ON – LA ’OH at the University of Belize
Things have been unusually quiet with us at MAM, since the pandemic has forced us to postpone all of our activities until next year. This summer, we delve into the archive of unpublished reports and bring you a report from Clinton Cho with some wonderful photos of the introductory workshop given by INNO’ON – LA ’OH at the University of Belize in Belmopan in April of 2019. If you look closely at some of the photos, you can see the image of the remarkable Komkom vase newly excavated from Baking Pot, Belize in 2016, which contains the longest known text found on a ceramic vessel, with some 202 glyphs! Also featured is a Maya Calendar tool, beautifully made from wood.
This workshop was taught by Jorge De Leon, and facilitated by Clinton Cho, with Dr. Pio Saqui, and Felicita Cantun. This is a continuation of the previously successful workshop facilitated through INNO’ON-LA ’OH in 2018.
In these challenging times, we are wishing all of our Maya colleagues and supporters well, and looking forward to a time in the near future when all of this will be behind us. We look forward to working together for a brighter future in which Maya cultures, languages, and communities are healthy and thriving. Thank you for all of your continued support through these challenging times.
Niib’oolal, Bo’otik, Bantyox,
Michael Grofe, President
On behalf of INNO’ON – LA ’OH, the Mayan student association, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to Mayas for Ancient Mayan for assisting us financially to host our Epigraphy Workshop 2019 event. Our event was successful and brought students and individuals from various non-governmental organizations in unity through the Maya culture experience, and they received the knowledge of writing and deciphering hieroglyphs. Thank you once again for making our event possible.
Clinton Cho, Vice President
INNO’ON – LA ’OH Schedule of Events
Master of Ceremonies Mr. Clinton Cho
Welcome Address Dr. Pio Saqui, Chair of the Department of History and Archaeology
Opening of Workshop Ms. Felicita Cantun
Facilitator Mr. Jorge De Leon
Day 1 – Thursday, April 25, 2019
- Introduction to Mayan Hieroglyphs
- Writing Words Using Hieroglyphs
- Application of Hieroglyphs to Create Words
- Making a Sentence Using Hieroglyphs
- Practice Breaking Words into Syllables
Day 2 – Friday, April 26, 2019
- Introduction to Maya Numbers
- How to Add Maya Numbers
- How to Calculate a Maya Long Count
- Venus Table on the Dresden Codex
- Tzolkin Calendar Cycle on the Dresden Codex
Vote of Thanks to Ms. Melissa Chiac, President of INNO’ON – LA ’OH