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Jan 28 2015

Cacao (Kakaw) in Maya Hieroglyphs

January 28, 2015

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Presented by: UIC Latino Cultural Center in partnership with the Department of Anthropology, Latin American and Latino Studies Program, and the National Museum of Mexican Art

Join us for an interactive presentation with anthropologist Joel Palka as he covers the hieroglyphic evidence for how the ancient Maya used and wrote about chocolate in their rituals and daily lives. The earliest written texts in the world that mention kakaw occur on Classic Period (ca. A.D. 500) Maya ceramic vases found in tombs. Come and learn how the Maya people used these finely decorated vessels to drink kakaw, from which the English and Spanish term comes fromas stated in painted texts along the rims of the vases.

Joel Palka is an Associate Professor of the Department of Anthropology and Latin American and Latino Studies at UIC. His research and teaching interests include the archaeology and history of Mesoamerica and the Caribbean, Classic Maya culture and hieroglyphic writing and art. He is also editor of the publication Mesoamerican Voices.

If you require any accommodations please contact us at one week before the program.

Poster: Cacao (Kakaw) Maya Hieroglyphs [PDF]

Admissions: Free

Location: 803 S. Morgan St. LCB2 Chicago, IL 60607

Co-sponsors: UIC Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latinos (CCSL), Great Cities Institute (GCI), Latin American and Latino Studies Program (LALS), Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services Program (LARES), Office of Public and Government Affairs, and student organizations Heritage Garden Student Group, Mexican Students de Aztlán (MeSA), and Union of Puerto Rican Students (UPRS)


Mario Lucero

Date posted

Jul 11, 2018

Date updated

Jul 11, 2018