Maya Culture At CCSF Ocean Campus

The Creative Artistry of Maya Textiles
Margot Blum Schevill, Jan Hudson, Paula Nicho Cúmez
September 23, 2019 – Ocean Campus
Monday, 11:10 AM to 12:25 PM, Rosenberg Library, Room 305

Margot Blum Schevill is a museum anthropologist, curator, weaver, and author of many publications about Maya textiles. She conducted field work in Guatemala and wrote about the persistence of backstrap weaving in the Guatemalan highlands. She has made documentaries, and was the editor for the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, Vol. 2, Mexico, South and Central America, and the Caribbean.

Jan Hudson is a weaver whose love of handwovens and appreciation of “women’s work” led to 10 textile tours of Guatemala. She has developed an extensive collection of Maya huipiles and other textiles, primarily from her travels to the Guatemalan highlands. She is a retired teacher in Spanish bilingual programs and urban settings.

Paula Nicho Cúmez, a Kaqchikel Maya from San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala, is an internationally known artist. She began as a weaver, and then became a painter whose works include elements that symbolize important parts of the Maya culture and cosmovision. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

Artistic Mentoring Across Cultures
Prof. Kryssi Staikidis, Northern Illinois University
September 23, 2019 – Ocean Campus
Monday, 1:40 to 2:55 PM, Rosenberg Library, Room 305

Dr. Kryssi Staikidis’s research interests are indigenous research and pedagogy, art studio practice as a site for research, and visual culture/critical pedagogy in the classroom. Her decolonizing ethnographic research practice takes place in two Guatemalan Maya painting contexts. She is currently co-editor for the anthology Transforming Our Practices: Indigenous Art, Pedagogies, and Philosophies (2017).

The Maya and their Territory Today
Prof. Pedro Uc Be
September 24, 2019 – Ocean Campus
Tuesday, 9:40 to 10:55 AM, Rosenberg Library, Room 305

Prof. Uc Be is a prominent Yucatec Maya poet and essayist who uses the pen name Lázaro Kan Ek. He contributes to training and reflection projects in Maya culture and identity in many indigenous communities of the Yucatán peninsula, through consulting and facilitation of workshops in Mayan language.

This presentation focuses on the pedagogical, historical, economic, therapeutic, and spiritual relationship that Maya men and women still maintain with nature, with the land, and with their territory.

Contemporary Maya Art in Guatemala
Paula Nicho Cúmez, Joseph Johnston
September 24, 2019 – Ocean Campus
Tuesday, 11:10 AM to 12:25 PM, Rosenberg Library, Room 305

Paula Nicho Cúmez is an internationally known Kaqchikel Maya artist from San Juan Comalapa. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

Joseph Johnston is Director of Arte Maya Tz’utuhil. He has assisted the indigenous artists for more than 25 years. By creating a marketplace for their work, he has enabled many of these subsistence farmers to spend some of their time creating art. In so doing he has made their unique vision accessible to an international audience.