Yax Te' staff members regularly participate in programs and projects that disseminate its books and related materials, including the presentation of workshops on the educational use of our materials and other Mayan cultural products. This page contains information about our activities for this year. Use the links below to read about earlier activities.
In December 2006, Nadine Grimm and visiting Maya colleague Florencio Calí participated in programs with Spanish students at Cleveland's Cristo Rey Model St. Martin de Porres School as well as at schools in the North Royalton district. Mr. Calí presented on Christmas Eve traditions in Guatemalan communities, as part of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs Global Classroom program. Ms. Grimm is Director of Education at the Council. »more images
In late fall 2006, Nadine Grimm's article "Narrative and Identity in Selections from the Poetry and Novels of Gaspar pedro González, Maya Q'anjob'al Author," appeared in Latin American Indian Literatures Journal (Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 99 - 115). This study of the role of narrative in creating and maintaining personal, community, and cultural identity uses Yax Te' publications as research resources.
October found Laura Martin in Chiapas, Mexico, as an invited participant in the Mayan Languages Working Conference sponsored by the Instituto Nacional de Idiomas Indígenas (INALI), a Mexican federal agency dedicated to the documentation and preservation of Mexico’s several hundred native languages. She went as part of the team for Mocho’, an endangered language with only some fifty remaining speakers. Happily, projects for its revitalization and documentation are underway, including an NEH-NSF grant on which Dr. Martin is co-PI. »more images
Also in October, Yax Te' Books was represented at the 7th annual International Festival in at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Main Library. The Festival, sponsored by the Multicultural Task Force of the Heights Community Congress (http://www.heightscongress.org/) gave Nadine Grimm and Laura Martin an opportunity to talk about Yax Te' publications and activities with a variety of teachers, parents, kids, and the representatives of other cultural organizations. »more images
On 22 September 2006, Yax Te' Books participated in the City of Cleveland Hispanic Heritage Celebration. »more images
In August 2006, Dr. Martin served as contributing instructor for the Ohio State University Summer Seminars Abroad for Spanish Teachers, a long-running program under the direction of Dr. Terrell Morgan that goes to a different Spanish-speaking country every two years. Dr. Martin presented several lectures to the group of 25 teachers from across the United States and helped arrange a field trip that took them to the Lake Atitlán area. Several students studied Kaqchikel. Audio records of several Interviews with Mayan speakers are available on Dr. Morgan's Electronic Catalog of Spanish sounds website: http://people.cohums.ohio-state.edu/morgan3/catalog.html.
In July 2006, Laura Martin lectured to participants in the Harvard Medical School Study Abroad Program in Guatemala on traditional Mayan medicine and the humoral system of food and disease classification. In addition, she arranged for the Harvard students to attend a celebration of Mayan Ceremonial New Year at the home of Maya spiritual guide (Ajq'ij) Delfina Solloy Jutzuy. »more images
In Summer 2006, Nadine Grimm presented at the Mi Pueblo Latin American Culture Camp sponsored by Concern for Children, a non-profit organization supporting adoptive parents and their international adoptive kids. The presentation included hands-on activities related to corn and Mayan domestic life. Several Yax Te' titles, including the bilingual coloring book Artes y Artesanías de Guatemala, were distributed.
Also in Summer 2006, Yax Te' made donations of mini-libraries of Yax Te' titles to over thirty international organizations, institutions, and community libraries. We also contributed a Yax Te' library to Tulane University to replace materials lost in Hurricane Katrina.
In March, Laura Martin conducted two workshops on Creativity for Teachers to graduating students at two normal schools in Antigua Guatemala. These workshops were sponsored by the Sacatepéquez Departmental Office of the Guatemalan Ministry of Education. They combined exercises in movement, drawing, and close observation with the analysis of several poems by Yax Te' authors as a way of showing beginning teachers how to make didactic use of ordinary materials in creative new ways. »more images
In February 2006, we collaborated with the Los Angeles Public Library on a program featuring Gaspar Pedro González, author of several Yax Te' titles including the best-selling A Mayan Life.