Special Events, For Kids & Families, Weekend Festivals
Included with museum admission
Sunday, May 23, 2010 from 11am - 4pm
Weavers, dancers, puppet masters, hieroglyphics experts and artists illuminate the Maya culture of Guatemala and Mexico. Come see the ancient arts come to life!
All programs included with museum admission.
Made possible by the Lowell Institute and ECHO
Boat builder Wade Smith reconstructs a large-scale, speculative model of a dugout canoe based on the ancient Maya designs.
Amate (bark paper) Painting Demonstration
Mexican artist Felipe Heredia Diaz demonstrates this painting technique using Maya images on amate paper.
Alfombra de Asserin | Guatemala Maya Sawdust Carpet | Fiery Pool Galleries
Made from vibrant hues of hand-dyed sawdust, along with rice, dried beans and flowers, the Guatemalan alfombra is a spectacular though ephemeral work of art. Master artist Ubaldo Sanchez creates an alfombra inspired by oceans, rivers and Maya water symbols. Help make the border!
Using back strap or stick looms, skilled weavers of Maya descent from the El Quiche region of Guatemala create textiles featuring symbols and patterns that indicate the wearer's village, religion, family origin, ceremonial activities and more.
Guatemala Maya Sawdust Carpet
Master artist Ubaldo Sanchez creates a Fiery Pool alfombra on the Atrium floor, inspired by oceans, rivers and Maya water symbols. Help make the border!
DOCENT-LED GALLERY TOURS
Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea
Family tour, 11:30 am | Adult tour, 1 pm
Tickets available on the day of the tour at the admissions desk
Grupo Awal | 1:15 and 4 pm | Atrium
Young troupe members represent the Maya culture of Guatemala through folk dances, dress and cultural traditions. At PEM, see these 20-minute dance tributes to Maiz, or corn.
Puppet Theater | noon and 3 pm | Atrium
Gustavo Boada and members of the dance troupe Grupo Awal perform the Maya creation story — El Popol Vuh — with life-size puppets.
1–3 pm Atrium
Abuela's Weave | 2 pm | Meet at the information desk
Set in Guatemala, this story portrays the loving rapport between a child and her grandmother. For children ages 3 to 9 with accompanying adult. Reservations by May 20.
Mural Art of the Maya | 2–3 pm | Morse Auditorium
Artist and archaeologist Heather Hurst, whose mural of a world-turtle is on view in Fiery Pool, explains how she reconstructs murals and what she learns by studying ancient images. A Q&A follows. Reservations by May 21.