Macaw Feathers and Chocolate in the Desert: Trade Routes Between the Maya and the Southwest
Sponsored by Pueblo Grande Museum
Friday, September 15, 2017 - 12:00pm

Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 E Washington St
Phoenix, AZ 85034
United States

What do macaw feathers and chocolate have to do with the Sonoran Desert? Find out how these once exotic items made their way from the Mayan to the American Southwest at this free lunch time lecture with Dr. Sharonah Fredrick, author and scholar, on Friday, September 15 at Pueblo Grande Museum.

The discovery of medieval Mayan luxury items from Central America, in key sites throughout the Sonoran Desert and Chaco Canyon, ignites questions regarding Pan-Indian civilization and commerce in the Americas. In addition to items, ideas also traveled through the Americas. Evidence of a ball game, in various forms, was sacred to many cultures ranging from Arizona's Salt River to Mayan princely courts of the 8th century, to the larger versions of the game played by the Aztec in Tenochtitlan. Was this a phenomenon of commerce and shared trade routes? Dr. Fredrick explores the economic and cultural connections that united peoples from the Caribbean and Guatemala through Mexico and the American Southwest.

This free one-hour lecture begins at noon, and is open to anyone with a curious mind to know more about how the cultures of North America have shared, traded, and worked together throughout the centuries. Visit for more information on this and other events at Pueblo Grande Museum. 

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