December 28, 2012

NMAI launches Maya website

Museum of the American Indian launches website on astronomy and Maya mathematicsMembers of the Mayan ethnics from Yucatan, Chiapas and Guatemala launched the website “Living the Mayan time, sun, corn and Calendar,” which aims to provide teachers and high school students with content in Maya Astronomy and Mathematics.

In the framework of the Maya Culture Festival 2012 the director of the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco, Isabel Hawkins, presented the website produced by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington.

The website (, with versions in English and Spanish, has as its main objective to help and provide teachers at high school level an easy reference of the contents mentioned to relay this knowledge to new generations.

“It is an effort that brought the work of more than 130 people, of which 95 percent belong to the Maya indigenous from Yucatan, Chiapas and Guatemala, who worked to create a web page that highlights the ancestral knowledge of this civilization in areas as astronomy and the calendar, the site will provide interactive tools in Maya Math lessons for children and high school teachers,” declared Isabel Hawkins.
Comment:  For more on 2012, see Maya Era Ends Without Incident and NASA Debunks Apocalypse Scare.

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