December 21, 2012, signals the much anticipated passing of the 13 Bak’tun in the ancient American indigenous system of time keeping. If you are in the nation’s capital tomorrow, you can come the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of the American Indian to hear a presentation entitled, “Maya from the Inside: The 13 Bak’tun as Challenge to the Western Mind” by Dr. Victor Montejo. If you cannot be in Washington DC, you may catch the presentation by watching a webcast of the event.
Dr. Victor Montejo offers a fascinating presentation on the deep meaning of Maya culture and history from the perspective of a noted Native scholar and author.
Victor Montejo is a Jakaltek Maya originally from Guatemala. Previously a professor and chair of the Native American Studies Department at the University of California, Davis, Dr. Montejo now lives in Guatemala. He was formerly Minister of Peace in the Guatemalan Republic.
Dr. Montejo also served as a member of the Guatemalan National Congress from 2004 to 2008. An internationally recognized author, Montejo’s major publications include, Testimony: Death of a Guatemalan Village; Voices from Exile: Violence and Survival in Modern Maya History; Maya Intellectual Renaissance: Critical Essays on Identity, Representation and Leadership; Popol Vuh: Sacred Book of the Mayas; and Q’anil: Man of Lightning.
His current projects focus on indigenous migration and transnationalism, as well as in developing a curriculum in Native knowledge and epistemology in his new manuscript, Mayalogue: An Interactionist Theory of Indigenous Cultures.
“Maya from the Inside: The 13 Bak’tun as Challenge to the Western Mind”
Dr. Victor Montejo
Saturday, December 15
2:00 pm est
National Museum of the American Indian
Fourth Street & Independence Avenue
Washington DC 20560