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2014 Maya Symposium Informs Educators, Scholars, and Enthusiasts about Travel in the Ancient Maya World

March 28th, 2014

K-12 educators, archaeologists, art historians, and Maya enthusiasts enjoyed the 2014 Tulane Maya Symposium, On the Maya Trail: Ancient Travelers, Epic Voyages, held March 20-23rd. The symposium, sponsored by the Middle American Research Institute, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Far Horizons, the Audubon Aquarium, and Beta Analytic, focused on travel within the Maya world.

The weekend kicked off with a special reception for K-12 educators at the Audubon Aquarium. The reception, which celebrated the opening of the Audubon's new Maya Reef exhibit, was attended by K-12 educators and staff and affiliates of MARI, the Stone Center, and the aquarium, allowing everyone to mingle and explore the exhibit. Dr. Marcello Canuto, MARI director, gave a brief talk on the Maya, which was presented in front of the shark exhibit. The teacher workshop continued with a tour of the Maya Reef exhibit by the husbandry staff, who discussed the fish in the exhibit and information about them which the teachers could integrate into their classrooms. Valerie Feathers and Dr. Heather McKillop, of LSU, presented information about the Maya and their investigations on the coast of Belize. Dr. McKillop brought 3-D models of artifacts and a model of a wooden canoe paddle for the participants to examine. The workshop ended with presentations about LARC resources and activities about reefs created by the aquarium. Participants participated in a role-playing activity about the life-cycle of corals. For pictures of the workshop, please visit the Stone Center's Flikr site.

The main component of the symposium was a day of talks discussed traveling in the Maya world from a wide variety of angles. Talks ranged from a discussion of the bio-archaeology of movement, trade on the coast of Yucatan and Belize, and epigraphic images and texts which discuss the movement of individuals. Geographically, the talks included discussions of sites as far north as Cacaxtla, in Central Mexico, as far south as Piedras Negras and La Sufricaya in Guatemala, and everything in between, including the site of Xuenkal, Mexico, and discussions of coastal and western Belize. The breadth, both topically and geographically, provided an excellent picture of the interactions between different areas of Mesoamerica and the multiple facets which discussions of travel can entail.

Saturday's day of talks concluded with a special presentation of Dance of the Maize God, produced by Night Fire Films, the producers of Breaking the Maya Code. This screening, which was free and open to the public, was followed by a panel discussion with David Lebrun, the film's director.

The symposium concluded with a day of workshops about Maya writing. The day started off with a hieroglyphic forum about the Dallas Altar from La Corona. The forum was led by hieroglyphic experts Marc Zender, Joanne Baron, Stanley Guenter, and Alex Tokovinine. Additional workshops treated texts from Tikal and Naj Tunich as well as topical discussions of emblem glyphs and toponyms and patron deities. Roxanne Davila also gave a special presentation on 19th Century explorations of Maya ruins.

The symposium was an excellent mix of workshops and lectures which allowed K-12 educators, Maya enthusiasts, and Maya scholars to mingle and explore the conceptions and study of travel in the Maya area. We are looking forward to another successful symposium in 2015 which will discuss tombs in the Maya area.

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