Sponsored by: Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Richard M. Leventhal, Professor, Department of Anthropology and Executive Director, Penn Cultural Heritage Center, Penn Museum, University of Pennsylvania
The story of Maya culture as a once-great civilization that built towering pyramids in the jungles of Central America was developed and popularized by national governments, anthropologists, and archaeologists. Previously unable to control the story of their own culture, Maya communities today are actively reframing their heritage and centering their most recent history—not the distant past—to regain power and self-determination. Richard Leventhal will discuss the importance and role that the nineteenth-century Caste War—one of the largest and most successful Indigenous rebellions—is playing in the Maya’s contested heritage.
Free parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.
Presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and Harvard Museums of Science & Culture