Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Discover the Ancient Maya at PEM




Celebrate the Peabody Essex Museum’s (PEM) groundbreaking exhibition, Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea with a weekend of Maya-themed activities, exploration and fun for all ages! Discover Maya dance, weaving, puppetry, storytelling, boat building and more. On Saturday, be sure to join us for a special hieroglyphic workshop led by guest scholar, Marc Zender. Learn how to decipher Maya glyphs and then create your own!

All activities FREE with Museum admission | Reservations: 978-745-9500 x3011


Maya Dugouts Demonstration | 1 - 4 pm

Boat builder Wade Smith reconstructs a large-scale, speculative model of a dugout canoe based on ancient Maya designs.

Weaving the Waterways | Ongoing

Using back strap or stick looms, skilled weavers of Maya descent create a traditional huipil, a blouse with water motifs.

Guatemala Maya Sawdust Carpet | Ongoing

Master artist Ubaldo Sanchez creates an alfombra from hand-dyed sawdust, rice, dried beans and flowers on the Atrium floor. Help make the border!

Docent Led Gallery Tours of Fiery Pool | 11:30 am and 1 pm

Tickets are available at the admissions desk on the day of the tour.

Dance Performance by Grupo Awal | Noon and 3 pm

Young members of Grupo Awal represent the Maya culture of Guatemala through folk dances, dress and cultural traditions. At PEM, see dance tributes to Maiz, or corn.

Puppet Theater Performance | 1:15 and 4 pm

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


STORY TIME | Rain Player | 2 pm

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 20th

PRESENTATION AND WORKSHOP | The Decipherment of Maya Hieroglyphics

Presentation | 2 - 3pm | 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 by May 20th

FILM | Breaking the Maya Code | 4:45 - 6:45 pm

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 20th


STORY TIME | Abuela’s Weave | 2 pm

This story portrays the loving rapport between a Guatemalan child and her grand-mother. For Children ages 3 to 9 with accompanying adult. Reservations by May 20th


The Peabody Essex Museum presents art and culture from New England and around the world. The museum's collections are among the finest of their kind, showcasing an unrivaled spectrum of American art and architecture (including four National Historic Landmark buildings) and outstanding Asian, Asian Export, Native American, African, Oceanic, Maritime and Photography collections. In addition to its vast collections, the museum offers a vibrant schedule of changing exhibitions and a hands‐on education center. The museum campus features numerous parks, period gardens and 22 historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang, a 200‐year‐old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States.

HOURS: Open Tuesday‐Sunday and holiday Mondays, 10 am‐5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

ADMISSION: Adults $15; seniors $13; students $11. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 16 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang.

INFO: Call 866‐745‐1876 or visit our Web site at www.pem.org.

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