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31st Annual Maya Weekend
-  05:00PM - 05:00PM
Penn Museum - Philadelphia
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Friday, April 19, 5:00 pmUntitled-1
Maya Weekend Keynote Lecture
Ancestors at Copan and Quirigua: Acts of Remembrance
Acts of veneration for Maya royal ancestors at Classic Copan have rightfully received much attention in recent years. Equivalent acts at Classic Quirigua are less widely known. Dr. Wendy Ashmore, Professor of Anthropology, University of California Riverside, reviews traditions for recalling ancestors in each place, from commemoration of famed 5th-century Copan dynasty founder K’inich Yax K’uk’ Mo’ and his counterpart at Quirigua, to a pair of historically pivotal 8th-century kings Waxaklahun-Ub’ah-K’awil (sometimes known as “18 Rabbit”) at Copan and the bold Quirigua lord who beheaded him in A.D. 738, K’ak’ Tiliw’ Chan Yo’at. The talk closes by recalling as well some more recent, deeply revered Mayanist ancestors. Cash bar available.

Saturday, April 20, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Maya Weekend 2013 Symposium
Recalling the Ancestors: Maya Traditions across Time
For ancient and contemporary Maya alike, ancestors are ever-present and fundamental to the sense of identity, heritage, power and place. Join the Penn Museum as we celebrate Maya ancestors and the cultural traditions through which communities engage them. Guests are treated to a full day of special Maya-related programming, with lectures from speakers including Dr. Charles Golden, Brandeis University, and Dr. Payson Sheets, University of Colorado Boulder; a Maya hieroglyph workshop from Simon Martin, Associate Curator, American Section; and much more. Registration required.  See bottom for pricing

Specific Day Admission:

$25, Friday Night General Admission

$75, Saturday Only General Admission

$90, Saturday Only General Admission with a boxed lunch included

$65, Saturday Only Penn Museum members

$80, Saturday Only Penn Museum members with a boxed lunch included

$30, Saturday Only College Student with ID

$45, Saturday Only College Student with ID with a boxed lunch included

Entire Weekend Admission:

$100, Weekend General Admission

$115, Weekend General Admission with a boxed lunch included

$90, Weekend Penn Museum Members

$105, Weekend Penn Museum Members with a boxed lunch included

$55, Weekend College Student with ID

$70, Weekend College Student with ID with a boxed lunch included

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Full Schedule for Saturday, April 20th

9:00 am Welcome


9:15 am Maya Ancestors and Folded-time Epistemologies

Patricia A. McAnany

Kenan Eminent Professor

Department of Anthropology

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


10:00 am A Tradition of Trust in Modern and Ancient Maya Communities

Charles Golden

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Brandeis University


10:45 am Break


11:15 am Using “Eccentrics” to Access Spirits of Ancestors

Payson Sheets


University of Colorado, Boulder


12:00 to 1:30 pm Lunch Break- Box lunches available for purchase prior to day of event


Workshops (please chose one)

 1:30 to 2:30 pm Music Workshop – The Jaguar Speaks

John H. Burkhalter III

Independent Scholar


1:30 to 3:00 pm Glyph Workshop

Simon Martin

University of Pennsylvania


3:00 pm Break


3:30 pm  Myth and Kin: Family Ties and Royal Authority at La Corona

Joanne Baron

University of Pennsylvania


4:15 pm Ancestral Landscapes and Pilgrimage in Lacandon Maya Culture

Joel W. Palka

Anthropology and Latin American Studies

University of Illinois, Chicago


5:00 pm Wrap-up

2013 Maya Weekend Registration Form


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