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Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea

Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea

From May 22, 2010 to May 23, 2010

Weavers, dancers, puppet masters, hieroglyphics experts and artists illuminate the Maya culture of Guatemala and Mexico. Come see the ancient arts come to life during this special weekend festival!

 

All programs included with museum admission.

Made possible by the Lowell Institute and ECHO

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Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea ›
Weekend Festival
Saturday, May 22, 2010 from 11am - 4:30pm

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

DEMONSTRATIONS | 11 am–4 pm
Maya Dugouts

Boat builder Wade Smith reconstructs a large-scale, speculative model of a dugout canoe based on 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!


Weaving Demonstration

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.

 

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

 

DANCE
Grupo Awal | noon and 3 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.

 

ART ACTIVITY
Metal Medallions | 1–3 pm | Art Studio B

Incorporate Maya motifs into your decorative medallion, inspired by objects from the exhibition.

 

PERFORMANCES
Puppet Theater | 1:15 and 4 pm | Atrium

Gustavo Boada and members of the dance troupe Grupo Awal perform the Maya creation story — El Popol Vuh — with life-size puppets.

 

Rain Player
STORY TIME
Rain Player | 2 pm | Meet at the information desk

A boy named Pik challenges the Maya god of rain to a game of pok-a-tok — a cross between soccer and basketball — to avert a drought. For children ages 5 to 9 with accompanying adult. Reservations by May 20.

 

PRESENTATION AND WORKSHOP
Who Shall Read Them? The Decipherment of Maya Hieroglyphics
Presentation | 2–3 pm | Morse Auditorium
Workshop | 3:45–4:45 pm | Art Studios

Marc Zender, a research associate at Harvard's Peabody Museum and an eminent scholar of Maya hieroglyphs, talks about the ancient writing system and deciphering techniques. Afterward, join a beginner's workshop and make your own glyphs! For adults and teens. Reservations for both programs by May 20.

 

FILM
Breaking the Maya Code | 4:45–6:45 pm | Phillips Library
2008, 116 minutes, directed by David Lebrun

The complex and beautiful hieroglyphic script of the ancient Maya was until recently one of the last great undeciphered writing systems. Based on the best-selling book by Michael Coe, Breaking the Maya Code traces the epic quest to unlock the secrets of the script across 200 years, nine countries and three continents. Reservations by May 20.

 

 

 

Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea ›
Weekend Festival
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



DEMONSTRATIONS
Maya Dugouts

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!

 

Weaving Demonstration

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

 

DANCE
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.

 

PERFORMANCES
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.

 

ART ACTIVITIES
1–3 pm  Atrium

 

STORY TIME
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.

 

PRESENTATION
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.