The book: Roar of the Jaguar -- Legacy of a Maya Prince
THE MAYA: CULTURAL AND TRAVELOGUE PRESENTATION
Purpose:To portray the Maya civilization in a way
that the audience gains an understanding of an ancient culture, which rivaled
any found in early civilization that thrived in the jungles of Mexico and
Central America two thousand years ago.
Perspective: If you could go
back in time with a camera, take pictures of the Maya, and come back and tell
us about them, what would they look like and how would they portray the people
and their culture.
Process:Modern day archaeology has recently
deciphered the ancient stone hieroglyphs and have recovered numerous art
objects produced by the Maya hundreds of years ago.An ancient world has recently come to light portraying
a rich cultural heritage.Artifacts are on
display in museums and private collections the world over.Analysis of their art as it related to
cultural norms and values provides a comprehensive picture of an ancient
culture far different from the one we live in today.
A.The writing of
the Roar of the Jaguar (historical fiction) and its historical and educational
introduction to the study of civilization and culture as it applies to the
A.Overview of elements of culture as they apply to the
B.Introduction of Maya writing system
C.Understanding the Maya calendar
cultural norms and values of their society into the kingship defines their
III.The Maya seen through their art and architecture.
Recap:The Maya have left the world with numerous wonderful art objects which
depict the cultural norms and values found in everyday living.Analysis of these artifacts provide a
comprehensive picture of their society as it was lived over a fifteen hundred
archaeological site:1300 year old
murals bring an ancient culture to life and turn the archaeological society on
its end when it showed what was considered to be a pastoral society was
actually a ritualistic war based one
B.Tikal archaeological site:Dedication ceremonial bowls commemorating
special events showing the roll of kings, queens, subjects and gods in their
C.Yaxchilan archaeological site:Stone carved lintels tell the story of three
great kings and events in history during the height of the classical Maya
ancient burial and tomb tells the story of the of the gods and veneration of
the ancestors in a city containing exquisite stone reliefs decorating their
E.Jania Isand burial grounds:An industry of providing grave goods leave us
with a vivid picture of the role costumes played in the Maya society to denote
rank and status various classes of people.
brief travel narrative on how to tour the Classical Maya sites in Mexico and
Guatemala for the cost of a vacation in Cancun at a decent hotel.