Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Indigeneity, Classic Maya Astronomy, and the Calendar

October 12th, 2011
7:00 PM

Nunemaker Auditorium – Monroe Hall, Loyola University

A presentation by Dr. Gerardo Aldana.

What did “science” mean to the ancient Maya? Did their impressive advances in understanding the natural world actually correspond to how we define science today? If not, why? Looking at recovered Maya hieroglyphic texts, Dr. Gerardo Aldana will examine our notions of “indigeneity” and present a model of interpreting ancient Maya philosophy, culture, and science through a native, environmental lens as an alternative to the dominant Western worldview.

Dr. Gerardo Aldana is an Associate Professor of Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of numerous books and his research takes a history of science approach to the hieroglyphic and architectural records of astronomy in Precontact Maya civilizations. Currently his focus is on the Dresden Codex Venus Table and its relationship to K’ak’ U Pakal K’awiil.

Mesoamerica + People
Marcello Canuto
Director - Middle American Research Institute, Professor - Anthropology