Ongoing Activities of Some Maya Colleagues(Repost)

Original post at November 20, 2009

Raquel Macario reports that as a direct result of her attendance at the Texas Maya Meetings, she was able to initiate certain activities and to share what she has learned regarding Maya history.

April 2007: Initiated and put into place a three month course entitled “Epoca Prehispanica-Epoca Colonial” used as part of the diploma program known as “Participación Ciudadana de la Juventud” organized by the Secretaría de la Paz, in Santa Cruz del Quiche’.

May 2007 to January 2008: With support from the Guatemalan Institute of Anthropology, developed information guides and scientific summaries of the archaeological site of Q’umarkaj to be used for tourism and education at the site.

August 2007: Directed archaeological excavations at Q’umarkaj.

August-September 2007: Made presentations of her archaeological findings to the nearby communities of La Estancia and Las Ruinas, El Quiche’.

November 2007: Presented results of her archaeological investigations at Q’umarkaj at the symposium held by the Guatemalan Institute of Anthropology.

January 2008 to present: Active member of Comité de Urbanismo developing “Community and Tourism” in Santa Cruz del Quiche’ and in Chichicastenango.

After many years of teaching in part-time positions at numerous universities, colleges, and schools in Mérida and elsewhere, Patricia is now a full-time professor at University of the Orient in Valladolid, Yucatán, an easy commute from her home in nearby Tizimin. At the university she teaches a range of courses including “Yucatecan Literature of the 20th Century,” “Colonial Maya Literature,” and “Contemporary Maya Poetry.”

In Tizimin, where she founded the Maya cultural center known as Popolnaj Maximo Huchim, she taught an introductory class on Maya glyphs, and continues to put forth regular installments of her Maya literary journal K’aaylay (available for viewing on the Friends of the Maya web page).

Other recent activities, in addition to attending the Maya Meetings at Texas, include participation in:

Sixth National Meeting of Indigenous Women in the Arts in Hermosillo, Sonora.

International Poetry Festival in Havana, Cuba.

Sixth Meeting of Mayas in Belize.

International Congress of Indigenous Literature, University of California, Davis.

Serving as a juror on the selection committee for the City of Mérida’s program of literary publications.

Hector has been busy preparing and presenting workshops on Maya history and Maya writing and the calendar, traveling to numerous indigenous areas in Guatemala to give his Powerpoint presentations.

Since August, 2007 he has been preparing a teaching curriculum for use in local schools and institutions, focusing on history and knowledge of the Maya with special emphasis on the calendar and hieroglyphic writing.

He attended the European Maya Meetings in Geneva, in December, 2007, and presented a paper “Q’eqchi’ Maya Mythology and its Classic Period Roots.”

In 2008, Mr. Xol prepared three workshops on Maya writing and culture for the Kaqchikel organization Uk’u’x B’e.

Crisanto continues teaching glyph classes to children of the community of Siisbicch’en, Yucatán, where he works full time as a school teacher. To help support his efforts, the children produce arts and crafts objects with authentic Maya glyphs. Attendees at the 2008 Maya Meetings in Texas saw a brief scene at the end of the film “Breaking the Maya Code” with Crisanto teaching glyphs to the children.

In addition to his work with young people, in 2008 he inaugurated a new program, meeting once a week in Valladolid, teaching a course on Maya epigraphy to school teachers in the bilingual education system who work in a number of outlying regions in the Peninsula.


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