Events and Announcements
“Skulls, Skeletons and Sweets",
with IMS Executive Vice President Marta Barber
The Day of the Dead tradition in Middle America – and quickly spreading to Latino enclaves in the United States – may have a modern birth, but its origin dates back millennia. Unlike Halloween, a celebration that is mostly reserved for children, the Day of the Dead festivities are certainly geared for adults. Don’t think, though, that it is all tears and laments as people remember their loved ones gone. It is a joyful, two-day celebration interpreted as a welcoming of the ancestors long gone and the recent dead who come back for a closer interaction with family and friends. Food, drink and flowers are offered in beautiful displays that you can find in city parks, homes, and obviously, cemeteries. With IMS Vice President Marta Barber.
Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus, Room R404
"Cotton and Mesoamerica",
with IMS Webmaster Keith Merwin
When you hear about Mesoamerican agriculture you think of corn. But modern cotton is a Mesoamerican development. The oldest known cotton textiles come from a cave near Tehuacán, Mexico, and have been dated to around 5800 BC. Over 90% of the world’s cotton crop is made up of Gossypium hirsutum, which is native to Mexico and Central America. The rest of the crop is Gossypium barbadense, which is believed to come from Peru. Modern commercial cotton is white, but varieties developed in Ancient America include white, brown, green, red and shades of these colors. This presentation will discuss the history of cotton in the Americas and its relationship to modern cotton. Photographs and where possible, samples of cotton in several colors will be included. With IMS Webmaster Keith Merwin. Keith has done extensive research on cotton.
Tulane Maya Symposium:
Ixiktaak: Ancient Maya Woman
March 3-6, 2016
Harvard University's Peabody Museum has a new online exhibition called "Masterpieces of the Peabody Museum" Based on a former gallery exhibition, the online exhibition groups selected objects by their geographic origins. The ten artifacts in the "Masterpieces from Mesoamerica" include gold items from Panama, Maya Jade, a Maya wall panel, a vessel from the Puuc region, a carved Peccary Skull from Copan and a Holmul polychrome. Descriptions for the exhibit were written by scholars including Ian Graham, Tatiana Proskouriakoff and Gordon R. Wiley. The Mesoamerica page for the exhibition can be found here.