Join BOC in McConnell Hall one friday a month as they host local speakers. Open to the Public.
September's Speaker: Birds Among the Modern and Ancient Maya – Rob Fergus
This presentation provides a glimpse into fascinating cultural worlds, where birds are community members that bring important messages, warnings, and healing to the lives of their human neighbors. How did the Turkey Vulture get its red head? Which bird did the ancient Mayan creator god transform into to bring messages to people? Which bird eggs have magical powers among the Chontal Maya of Tabasco, Mexico? What bird warns Lacandon Maya farmers if a dangerous snake may be nearby? What messages do owls bring to modern Chol, Ch’orti’, Mopan, and other Mayan speakers?
Ancient and Modern Maya communities have over 2000 years of extensive cultural interactions with birds. Since 2006 Rob Fergus has been working with linguist Kerry Hull (BYU) and native Mayan speakers to document and study bird names and folklore among nine Mayan language communities in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize.
Friday, September 13 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center
2910 New Holland Road, Reading, PA 19607-9448