Maya Worlds: on-site in Chiapas, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize

Daily Schedule

Note: Seminar topics and key reading assignments are listed each day; most assignments will be supplied in Institute Readers [items marked R], except for key texts[items marked T], which it is the responsibility of participants to obtain. Morning seminars meet 9:00-Noon, unless otherwise annonced; transportation and fieldtrip times will be announced daily.

Sun June 18      Participants arrive Villahermosa , Mexico. Reception  at 7 p.m.

Keynote speaker: Karl Taube.

Reading:

• Karl Taube, "The Teotihuacan Cave of Origin: the Iconography and Architecture of Emergence Mythology in Mesoamerica and the American Southwest," RES 12 (Autumn 1986): 51-82. [R]

• Karl Taube, "The Olmec Maize God: the Face of Corn in Formative Mesoamerica," RES 29/30 (Spring /Autumn 1996): 39-81. [R]

              

Mon June 19     Morning seminar with Karl Taube.

Reading:

• Karl Taube, "Lightning Celts and Corn Fetishes: the Formative Olmec and the Development of Maize Symbolism in Mesoamerica and the American Southwest," in Olmec Art and Archaeology in Mesoamerica, ed. John Clark and Mary Pye (Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 2000): 297-337. [R]

• Karl Taube, "The Classic Maya Maize God: A Reappraisal."  Fifth Palenque Round Table, 1983, Vol. VII, ed. by Virginia Fields. Monterey: Pre-Columbian Art Research Institute, 1985. [R]

 

 

 

 

Tues June 20   Guided study visits to La Venta Olmec Park and CICOM regional museum led by Rebecca González Lauck and Karl Taube.

Reading:

• F. Kent Reilly, "The Landscape of Creation: Architecture, Tomb, and Monument Placement at the Olmec Site of la Venta." In Heart of Creation/ the Mesoamerican World and the Lagacy of Linda Schele, ed. Andrea Stone. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama, 2002. 34-65. [R]

• Rebeca González Lauck, "La Venta: An Olmec Capital," in Olmec Art of Ancient Mexico, ed. Elizabeth Benson and Beatriz de la Fuente. New York: National Gallery of Art, Washington/ Abrams, 1996. 73-81. [R]                         

• Rebeca González Lauck, "Venta, La (Tabasco, Mexico)," Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America/ An Encyclopedia, ed. Susan Toby Evans and David L. Webster. New York: Garland, 2001. 798-801. [R]                                   

                                            

Wed June 21     Palenque archaeological site; afternoon.

                              Introduction to site by Alfonso Morales and Julie Miller

Reading:

• Mary Ellen Miller and Simon Martin,  Courtly  Art of the Ancient Maya. Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco: Thames and Hudson, 2004. Chap. 6: "Palenque: an Exemplary Maya Court," 198-237. [R]  

• Linda Schele and David Freidel, A Forest of Kings. N.Y.: William Morrow, 1990. Chap. 6: "The Children of the First Mother: Family and Dynasty at Palenque," 216-261. [R]

              

Th June 22        Full day at Palenque site with Alfonso Morales and Julie Miller.

Reading:

  N. Grube and S. Martin, Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens. London: Thames & Hudson, 2000: "Palenque". [T]

• Linda Schele and Peter Mathews, The Code of Kings  (NY: Scribner, 1998): chap. 3, "Palenque: Hanab-Pakal's Tomb": 95-132. [R]      

• Alfonso Morales and Julie Miller, "The Discoveries in Temple 19, Palenque." In Courtly  Art of the Ancient Maya., ed. Mary Ellen Miller and Simon Martin (Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco: Thames and Hudson, 2004): 259-61.        

 

Fri June 23        Morning at Palenque Museum with Alfonso Morales and Julie Miller.

                              Bus to Toniná, for study visit. Continue on to San Cristóbal.

Reading:

• N. Grube and S. Martin, Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens (London: Thames & Hudson, 2000): "Toniná" [T]    

                                                           

Sat June 24      San Cristóbal: orientation.

Evening seminar with Gary Gossen on Maya cultures of Chiapas.

Reading:

• Gary Gossen, Telling Maya Tales. NY: Routledge, 1999. "Preface/ Telling Maya Tales," xi-xxix; & chap. 6, "The Topography of Ancient Maya Religious Pluralism: A Dialogue with the Present," 159-187. [R]            

• June. Nash, Mayan Visions: The Quest for Global Autonomy in an Age of Globalization.  Routledge 2001. Selections. [R]

• Christine Eber & Brenda Rosenbaum, "'That We May Serve Beneath Your Hands and Feet': Women Weavers in Highland Chiapas, Mexico," in June Nash, ed. Crafts in the World Market (Albany: SUNY, 1993): 154-179.  [R].                                

                                                                                                          

Sun June 25    Day trip to Chamula and Zinacantán, with Gary Gossen.

Reading: 

Gary H. Gossen, Telling Maya Tales/ Tzotzil Identities in Modern Mexico (NY: Routledge, 1999): chap. 5

Mayan Tales From Zincantán/ Dreams and Stories From the People of the Bat, collected and translated by Robert Laughlin; ed. by Carol Karasik. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996. Introduction: 1- 21, & selected dreams.                                                                        

 

 

 

Mon June 26     Morning seminar with Gary Gossen. Afternoon meeting with Sna Itz'bajam and FOMMA theater groups, accompanied by Bob Laughlin and Miriam Laughlin.

Reading:

• Gary Gossen, Four Creations: An Epic Story of the Chiapas Mayans (2002): selections.

• Donald Frischmann, "New Mayan Theatre in Chiapas: Anthropology, Literacy and Social Drama," in Negotiating Performance: Gender, Sexuality, and Theatricality in Latin/o America  (1994): 213-238. [R]                                                               

• Miriam Laughlin, "Arts: the Drama of Mayan Women," Ms. 2 (July 1991): 88-89.[R]           

• FOMMA, script summaries: "Ideas for Change" & "A Child's Dream." Company MS (1997).

• Robert Laughlin, "From All for All: A Tzotzil-Tzeltal Tragicomedy," American Anthropologist 97 (1995): 528-42. [R]                                                   

 

Tues June 27   Morning seminar with Jan de Vos: Colonial history of Chiapas.

Reading: 

• Jan de Vos, "The Mayas in Modern Times." In Maya, ed. Peter Schmidt, Mercedes de la Garza & Enrique Nalda. Bompiani :1999.495-505. [R]                

• Victoria Bricker, The Indian Christ, the Indian King/ The Historical Substrate of Maya Myth and Ritual. Austin: University  of Texas Press, 1981: 55-69; and 177-81. [R]

                                                           

Wed June 28     Morning seminar with Jan de Vos: Chiapan history and Maya identity.

Reading: 

• "Monique J. Lemaitre Interviews Dr. Jan de Vos about the San Andres Talks" (Feb 1996): http://flag.blackened.net/revolt/mexico/accounts/interview_SA_feb97.html  [R]

• Shannan Mattiace, To See With Two Eyes: Peasant Activism & Indian Autonomy in Chiapas, Mexico. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico, 2003. Chap. 5 and Conclusion, pp. 117-55. [R]

• R. Aída Hernández Castillo, Histories and Stories from Chiapas: Border Identities in Southern Mexico. Austin: University  of Texas, 2001: chaps. 2 & 5. [R] 

• John Womack, Rebellion in Chiapas: An Historical Reader. NY: The New Press, 1999: chap. 27, pp. 304-315; & chap. 32, pp. 363-370. [R]

 

Th June 29        Bus to Palenque. Afternoon visit to PARI with Alfonso Morales and

Julie Miller: work in progress at Palenque.

Fri June 30       Free day. Overnight Palenque.

 

Sat July 1 Alfonso Morales and Julie Miller.Study trip to Bonampak and Yaxchilán.

Overnight near Yaxchilan.

Reading:

• Mary Ellen Miller,  "The Willfulness of Art: the Case of Bonampak." RES 42 (Autumn 2002): 8-23. [R]

• Mary Ellen Miller, "Understanding the Murals of Bonampak." In Maya/ Divine Kings of the Rain Forest, ed. Nicolai Grube. Cologne/Oxford: Könemann, 2001. 234-43.

• N. Grube and S. Martin, Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens (London: Thames & Hudson, 2000): "Yaxchilán". [T]

• Carolyn Tate, Yaxchilan: the Design of a Maya Ceremonial City. Austin: University of Texas, 1992: chaps. 3 & 5, and Conclusions. [R]                      

 

Sun July 2          Transfer by boat to Bethel; overland via Flores  to Jungle Lodge, Tikal.

                              Evening seminar with Peter Harrison: Introduction to Tikal.

Reading:

• Peter Harrison. The Lords of Tikal: Rulers of an Ancient Maya City. Thames and Hudson, 1999: chaps. 1-3. [T]

• Peter Harrison, "Maya Architecture at Tikal."  In Maya/ Divine Kings of the Rain Forest, ed. Nicolai Grube. Cologne/Oxford: Könemann, 2001. Pp. 218-231. [R]

 

 

Mon July 3         Day trip to Uaxactun with Peter Harrison and local guide.Reading:

• Peter Harrison, The Lords of Tikal. Thames and Hudson, 1999: chaps. 4-7. [T]

• David Freidel and Linda Schele, A Forest of Kings, the Untold Story of the Ancient Maya (NY: Wm Morrow, 1990): chaps 4 & 5. [T]

 

Tues July 4       Full day study tour of Tikal with Peter Harrison.

Reading:

• Peter Harrison, The Lords of Tikal. Thames and Hudson, 1999: chaps. 8-11. [T]• Peter Harrison,  "Palaces of the Royal Court at Tikal." In Maya Palaces and Elite Residences: An Interdisciplinary Approach,  ed. Jessica Joyce Christie.  Austin: University of Texas Press, 2003. Chap. 4, pp. 98-119. [R]

 

 

 

 

Wed July 5         Morning study tour of Tikal, and afternoon study visit to Tikal

                              site museums with Peter Harrison.

Reading:

• Peter Harrison, The Lords of Tikal. Thames and Hudson, 1999: chaps. 12-13. [T]

• Juan Antonio Valdés and Federico Fahsen, "Disaster in sight: The Terminal Classic at Tikal and Uaxactun." In Terminal Classic in the Maya Lowlands: Collapse, Transition, and Transformation,  ed. by Arthur Demarest, Prudence M. Rice and Don S. Rice. Boulder: University of Colorado, 2004. Chap. 8, pp. 140-161. [R]

• Norman Schwartz, Forest Society: A Social History of Peten, Guatemala. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1990.  Chaps. 2 & 3. [R]

 

Th July 6            Drive Tikal to San Ignacio, Belize; en route study visit to Xunantunich with

Anne Pyburn.

Reading:

• Wendy Ashmore, Jason Yaeger, & Cynthia Robin, "Commoner Sense: Late Terminal Classic Social Strategies in the Xunantunich Area." In Terminal Classic in the Maya Lowlands: Collapse, Transition, and Transformation,  ed. by Arthur Demarest, Prudence M. Rice and Don S. Rice. Boulder: University of Colorado, 2004. Chap. 14, pp. 302-323. [R]

• J. Eric Thompson, The Maya of Belize: Historical Chapters Since Columbus . Belize: Cubola Pub.,1988. [R]

 

 

Fri July 7            Study visit to Cahal Pech, and Panti Maya Medicine Trail at IxChel Farm with Anne

                      Pyburn.

Reading:

Warlords and Maize Men/ A Guide to the Maya Sites of Belize . Belize: Cubola Pub., 1989. Pp. 4-7; 34-38; 54-57; 78-79. [R]

• Joseph Ball, Cahal Pech,the Ancient Maya, and Modern Belize (1993): 21-62. [R]

• Paul Healy, Jaime Awe, et al., "Cahel Pech: the Middle Formative Period," in The Ancient Maya of the Belize Valley: Half a Century of Archaeological Work, ed. James Garber (2004): 103-124. [R]

Lost Shores, Forgotten Peoples: Spanish Explorations of the South East Maya Lowlands, ed. Lawrence Feldman (Duke Univ. Press, 2000): chaps. 1, 4, 8 & 10. [R]

 

Sat July 8          Drive via Belize Valley sites with Anne Pyburn; visit Belize Zoo; meet

with Matthew Restall for orientation to Belize ethnohistory.

Reading:

The Ancient Maya of the Belize Valley: Half a Century of Archaeological Work, ed. James Garber.  University Press of Florida, 2004. Introduction, by Arlen Chase and James Garber: pp. 1-14; Conclusion, by Diane Chase: 335-49. [R]

• Matthew Restall, The Maya World: Yucatec Culture and Society, 1550-1850 .  Stanford Univ. Press, 1997.  Part Two: "Society and Culture." [R]

• Matthew Restall, Maya Conquistador. Boston: Beacon Press,1998. Chaps. 5 & 6: 82-128. [R]

 

 

Sun July 9          Drive Hummingbird Highway and Southern Highway to San Antonio with

                              Matthew Restall.

Reading:

• Grant Jones, Maya Resistance to Spanish Rule . Albuquerque: University of New Mexico,1989. Chaps. 2 & 5 [R]

• O. Nigel Bolland, Colonialism and Resistance in Belize . Belize: Cubola Books: Univ. of West Indies Press, 2003. Chaps. 3, 4 & 8. [R]                      

• Mark Moberg, Myths of Ethnicity and Nation: Immigration, Work, and Identity in the Belize Banana Industry (Knoxville: Univ. of Tennessee Press, 1997): chaps. 1 & 5. [R]

 

 

 

 

Mon July 10       Day in San Antonio area, including seminar with Matthew Restall and

                              meetings with village elders.

Reading:

• Ann E. Fink, "Shadow and Substance: A Mopan Maya View of Human Existence." The Canadian Journal of Native Studies VII.2 (1987): 399-414. [R]

• Richard Wilk, Household Ecology: Economic Change and Domestic Life Among the Kekchi Maya in Belize. Tucson: University  of Arizona, 1991. Chaps. 4  &10. [R]

 

 

 

Tues July 11     Day in San Antonio area, including visit to Uxbenka and seminar with

                              Matthew Restall.

Reading:

• [Richard Wilk], Ethnic Minorities in Belize: Mopan, Kekchi and Garifuna . Belize: Cubola Books, SPEA Reports 1, 1990. [R]

• Michael Emch, "The Human Ecology of Mayan Cacao Farming in Belize." Human Ecology 31.1 (March 2003): 111-131. [R]

Maya Atlas: Struggle to Preserve Maya Land in Southern Belize, compiled by The Toledo Maya Cultural Council and the Toledo Alcaldes Association. UC Berkeley, 1997. Chaps. 1-4, pp. 1-18. [R]

• Irma McClaurin, Women of Belize: Gender and Change in Central America . New Brunsawick: Rutgers University Press, 1996. Chaps. 1, 4 & 9. [R]

 

Wed July 12      From Punta Gorda by boat to Puerto Barrios, Guatemala; drive to Quiriguá, for

                              study visit with David Sedat.

Reading: 

• N. Grube and S. Martin, Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens (London: Thames & Hudson, 2000): "Quiriguá". [T]

• Matthew Looper, Lightning Warrior: Maya Art and Kingship at Quirigua (Univ. of Texas, 2003): chaps 3 & 4. [R]

 

Th July 13        Afternoon:  introduction to Copán by William Fash

Reading: 

• N. Grube and S. Martin, Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens (London: Thames & Hudson, 2000): "Copán". [T]

• William Fash, Scribes, Warriors & Kings: The City of Copán and the Ancient Maya. London: Thames & Hudson, 1991. chaps. 4 & 5. [T]   

• Loa Traxler, "At Court in Copán: Palace Groups of the Early Classic." In Maya Palaces and Elite Residences: An Interdisciplinary Approach,  ed. Jessica Joyce Christie.  Austin: University of Texas Press, 2003. Chap. 2, pp. 46-68. [R]

• Jeff Karl Kowalski & William L. Fash, "Symbolism of the Maya Ball Game at Copán: Synthesis and New Aspects," Sixth Palenque Roundtable, 1986, (1991), 59- 67. [R]           

 

 

Fri July 14         Full day study visit of Copán with William Fash.

Reading:

• William Fash, Scribes, Warriors & Kings: The City of Copán and the Ancient Maya. London: Thames & Hudson, 1991. chaps. 6 & 7. [T]

The Rise and Fall  of the Classic Maya Kingdom of Copan, co-edited by William Fash and E. Wyllys Andrews V. Santa Fe: School of American Research, 2004. Selections. [R]

• Webster, David, AnnCorinne Freter & Nancy Gonlin. Copan: the Rise and Fall  of an Ancient Maya Kingdom. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace, 2000. Selections. [R]

• Elizabeth Newsome, Trees of Paradise and Pillars of the World: The Serial Stela Cycle of "18-Rabbit-God K," King of Copan. Univ. of Texas, 2001. Chap. 5, & selected figures. [R]

 

 

Sat July 15       Morning visit to Copán site museum; afternoon visit to Copán town museum.

Reading:

• William Fash, Scribes, Warriors & Kings: The City of Copán and the Ancient Maya. London: Thames & Hudson, 1991. chaps. 8 & 9. [T]

• Ricardo Agurcia, "Rosalila, An Early Classic Maya Cosmogram from Copán." Symbols (Spring 1997): 32-36. [R]

• William and Barbara Fash, "Building a World-View: Visual Communication in Classic Maya Architecture."                RES 29/30 (Spring/Autumn 1996): 127-47. [R]

 

Sun July 16       Travel day. Drive to Antigua, via Esquipulas. Overnight Hotel Antigua.

 

Mon July 17       Orientation to Antigua; study tour of colonial monuments with local

                              Scholar and project directors.

Reading:

• Walter Little, Mayas in the Marketplace. Austin: University of Texas, 2004. Caps. 1 and 3. [R]

 

Tu July 18         Afternoon seminar: Victor Montejo on Popol Vuh and Maya folk tales. 

Reading:

Popol Vuh, The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life, tr. Dennis Tedlock N.Y.: Simon and Shuster,1996.  [T]

• Victor Montejo, The Bird Who Cleans the World . Curbstone Press, 1991. Selections. [R]

• Victor Montejo, El Kanil/ Man of Lightning/ A Legend of Jacaltenango. Tr. Wallace Kaufman. Carrboro, NC: Signal Books, 1984. [R]

              

Wed July 19      Afternoon seminar: Victor Montejo: Repression & Resistance in Guatemala.

 Reading:

• Victor Montejo, Testimony: Death of a Guatemalan Village. Curbstone Press, 1987. [T]

• Richard Wilson, "Machine Guns and Mountain Spirits: the Cultural Effects of State Repression Among the Q'eqchi of Guatemala," Critique of Anthropology 11.1 (1991): 33-61.    [R]

 

Th July 20        Morning seminar: Victor Montejo on Maya Cultural Revitalization.

Reading:

• Victor Montejo, Maya Intellectual Renaissance: Identity, Representation, and Leadership. Austin: University  of Texas, 2005. Selections. [R]

 

Fri July 21         Morning Seminar: Carol Hendrickson: Contemporary Maya Textile Traditions

Afternoon seminar at Nim P'ot with Hendrickson.

Reading:

• Carol Hendrickson, Weaving Identities: Construction of Dress and Self in a Highland Guatemala Town . Austin: University  of Texas, 1995. [T]

                                                           

 

Sat July 22       Overnight trip with Carol Hendrickson and Federico Fahsen,

with stops at Tecpán and Iximché; overnight Chichicastenango.

Reading: 

• Linda Schele and Peter Mathews, The Code of Kings. N.Y.: Scribner, 1998.  Chap. 8, "Iximché: the Capital of the Kaqchikel Maya." [R]                           

The Annals of the Cakchiquels, tr. Adrían Recinos & Delia Goetz. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1953: 119-35. [R]

• Federico Fahsen, "From Chiefdoms to Statehood in the Highlands of Guatemala." In Maya/ Divine Kings of the Rain Forest, ed. Nicolai Grube. Cologne/Oxford: Könemann, 2001. Pp. 86-95. [R]

• Carol Hendrickson and Edward Fischer, Tecpan, Guatemala: A Modern Maya town in Global and Local Context. Westview Press, 2003. Chaps. 3 & 5. [R].

 

 

Sun July 23       Chichicastenango, Sunday market; visit to shrine of Pascual Abaj. with Carol Hendrickson and Federico Fahsen. Afternoon: Lake Atitlán Maya towns. Overnight Guatemala City.

Reading: 

• David Carey, Our Elders Teach Us/ Maya-Kaqchikel Historical Perspectives.. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2001. Chap. 1, "Town Origins," 40-52, 70-81. [R]    

• Walter Little, Mayas in the Marketplace: Tourism, Globalization, and Cultural Identity.  Austin: University of Texas, 2004. Chaps. 1 & 7. [R]

Recommended:

• Robert S. Carlsen, The War for the Heart and Soul of a Highland Maya Town. University of Texas, 1997.

                             

 

Mon July 24       Guatemala City: day of literary seminars with Gaspar Pedro González,

                             Demetrio Cojti Cuxil and Maya Cu.

Reading:

• Gaspar Pedro González, Return of the Maya (Yax Te' Press, 1998). [T]

• Gaspar Pedro González, The Dry Season/ Q'anjob'al Maya Poems. Cleveland: Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2001. Selections [R]

• Maya Cu, "Three Poems" and Discussion Summary. (Author's MS). [R]

• Maya Cu, La Rueda (Coleccíon Poesía Guatemalteca, 2002):  selections. [R]

• Demetrio Cojti Cuxil, "The Politics of Maya Revindication." In Maya Cultural Activism in Guatemala., ed. Edward Fischer and R. McKenna Brown. Austin: University of Texas, 1996. Pp. 18-50. [R]

              

Tues July 25     Day of visits to Guatemala City museums with Carol Hendrickson and Federico Fahsen: Anthropology Museum; Popol Vuh Museum; Ixchel Museum.

 

Wed July 26   Morning seminar: George Lovell: the Highland Maya, a historical overview.

Reading:

• W. George Lovell, "The Highland Maya," in The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas, vol. II. Mesoamerica, Part 2, ed. Richard E.W. Adams & Murdo J. Macleod (2000): 392-444.

• W. George Lovell, "'A Dark Obverse': Maya Survival in Guatemala, 1520- 1994." Geographical Review 86 (1996): 401-7 [R]

                             

Th July 27         Morning seminar: George Lovell: "Conquest and Survival in Colonial

                              Guatemala"

Reading:

• W. George Lovell, Conquest and Survival in Colonial Guatemala (3rd ed., 2004). [T]

              

Fri July 28         Morning seminar: George Lovell: "A Beauty That Hurts."

Reading:

• Catherine Nolin Hanlon and W. George Lovell, "Flight, Exile, Repatriation, and Return: Guatemalan Refugee Scenarios, 1981-1998," in The Maya Diaspora/ Guatemalan Roots,

               New American Lives, ed. Loucky and Moors. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2000.

 Chap. 3: 35-55. [R]

Recommended:

• W. George Lovell, A Beauty That Hurts . Austin: University of Texas, 2000.

 

                              Evening: Farewell reception.

 

Sat July 29       Participant transfer to Guatemala City. Institute arrangements end.