Monday, March 28, 2011

Curriculum Connections - Civilizations of the Americas

1. "The Popul Vuh is a Mayan document that is part mythology and part history." History Alive talks about this document, but here they can read and work with it.

2. The MFA's website allows viewers to search the site for artifacts and images. They do include artifacts from the 1200s in South America.

3. Past exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum: Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea

Museum description:
"Surrounded by the sea in all directions, the ancient Maya viewed their world as inextricably tied to water. More than a necessity to sustain life, water was the vital medium from which the world emerged, gods arose and ancestors communicated. Over 90 works, many never before seen, offer exciting new insights into Maya culture that focus on the sea as a defining feature of the spiritual realm and the inspiration for the finest works of art."

Included on this site are several videos about the Maya, the connection to the ocean and the artwork and artifacts that reflect the connection. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page about the Fiery Pool to see the images for this collection.

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