Saturday, 1:30 pm
Archaeology Classroom 345
Pre-Columbian Society Lecture
Heritage without Irony: Archaeologists, Indigenous Maya Communities, and the Democratization of Knowledge
Dr. Patricia A. McAnany, Kenan Eminent Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will speak about Maya cultural heritage, which is situated at the busy intersection of archaeological practice, local community, and remains of the past. Indigenous Maya peoples who have participated in heritage programs give voice to the complexity of a relationship with a past that has been created by archaeologists. Describing successful programs as well as initiatives that were "lost in translation," this talk provides an honest appraisal of the challenge of transcultural dialogue when confronting the great irony between an indigenous people with a valorized past but a present state of dispossession from that past.
This lecture is free and open to the public.
Patricia McAnany, Ph.D, serves as principal investigator of InHerit: Indigenous Heritage Passed to Present, and the Xibun Archaeological Research Project. She is particularly interested in the intersection of ritual and economy and in cultural heritage issues for descendant Maya peoples. She is the author/editor of several books including Ancestral Maya Economies in Archaeological Perspective (2010); Questioning Collapse: Human Resilience, Ecological Vulnerability, and the Aftermath of Empire (2009), co-edited with Norman Yoffee; Dimensions of Ritual Economy (2008), co-edited with E. Christian Wells; K'axob: Ritual, Work, and Family in an Ancient Maya Village (2004); and Living with the Ancestors: Kinship and Kingship in Ancient Maya Society (1995), and numerous journal articles and book chapters. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Radcliffe Center for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and Dumbarton Oaks. Currently, she works with NGOs in southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and western Honduras to provide local communities with opportunities to dialogue about the value and conservation of the past.