Category Maya

#Maya translator hears ‘sad stories’ from #migrants at U.S. border | #indigenous #NikanTitlakah #decolonize

For some of the many migrant children from Central America streaming across the U.S. border in recent months, Sheba Velasco is a comforting voice at the other end of a phone line. That’s because she’s the only one in the U.S. who can speak to them in their own language. Velasco is from Guatemala and […]

The ancient #Maya meet the modern Internet | #indigenous #mesoamerican #NikanTlakah

…five years ago, Stuart started up Maya Decipherment, a blog for scholars and amateurs to post new inscriptions, refine translations and debate the subtleties of Maya language, all in an effort to fill out the history of the civilization. The work will take years, but with the help of the Internet, the pace is quicker […]

Builders bulldoze big #Mayan pyramid in #Belize| #indigenous #culture #Maya

BELIZE CITY – (AP) — A construction company has essentially destroyed one of Belize’s largest Mayan pyramids with backhoes and bulldozers to extract crushed rock for a road-building project, authorities announced on Monday. The head of the Belize Institute of Archaeology, Jaime Awe, said the destruction at the Nohmul complex in northern Belize was detected […]

Oldest Maya Sun Observatory Hints at Origin of Civilization | LiveScience

A construction date of 1000 B.C. makes the Ceibal structures about 200 years older than those at La Venta, meaning the Olmec’s construction practices couldn’t have inspired the Mayans, the researchers report Thursday (April 25) in the journal Science. Instead, it appears that the entire region underwent a shift around this time, with groups adopting […]

BBC News – Mexico uncovers ancient pelota courts at Tajin site

Archaeologists in Mexico say they have uncovered three ancient playing fields at a pre-Hispanic site in the eastern state of Veracruz. They found the courts, dating back some 1,000 years, at the Tajin World Heritage site by using laser scanners. They believe the fields would have been used to play pelota, a game in which […]

New Mayan Burial Ground Discovered Near Chichen Itza –

[Marisa Carrillo, Archaeologist]: “The interesting thing about these burial grounds are the offerings found. The offerings mark an occupation period. The ceramics, the chronology make us realize these burials were important in that period because of the type of offerings used. We found, each burial contained two, three and even four offerings and in some […]

2013 Maya Meetings held at UT: New temples, fire glyphs and legends | The Daily Texan

The five-day Maya Meetings returned to Austin after being held in Guatemala last year, attracting scholars and enthusiasts of Maya culture from around the world to present their latest research and discoveries regarding Mayan architecture, cosmology and culture. Some of the temples shown by researchers had not been seen by an audience in centuries. The […]

Conference investigates Mesoamerica as location for Book of Mormon

The idea behind this nonsense is beyond ridiculous. When will Europeans and their descendants stop projecting their religious beliefs onto pre-invasion American civilizations? This relates to the continued undermining of Mesoamerican peoples’ credit for developing advanced cultures without outside influence. Mormons that are trying to locate the origins of their superstitions in Anahuac are as […]

Profecía mexica: el gobernante venido del sur | SDP Noticias

Profecía mexica: el gobernante venido del sur | SDP Noticias Alternate link Good grief! Just what Mexicans need; another greenhorn prophet to alert us of 2012’s transformative power. Emilio Arellano, a Mexican writer, exposes in his book, La Nueva Republica (2012), that there is, until his exposition, a previously unknown prophecy that was revealed to […]

The Cristeros: Are Movies Fact?

(this film is yet another example of how non-Chicano/Mexicanos play the leading role(s) on films about Chicano/Mexicanos–see previous post on this.) The Cristeros: Are Movies Fact? By Rodolfo F. Acuña 28 May 2012 Since the trailers appeared “For Greater Glory” – a movie about the Mexican Cristero Movement of the 1920s – I have been […]