Adorning the Body: Mesoamerican Ornamentation & Symbolism

Date(s) - Wednesday, March 15, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Admissions: Free
Presented by: UIC Latino Cultural Center, the Department of Anthropology, and the Department of Art History

Poster Image for Adorning the Body: Mesoamerica Ornamentation & Symbolism

Body decoration, including tattooing and piercing, is common around the world today. But have you wondered how Mesoamerican people mastered this art form? And what ideas and meanings were behind their practices of body ornamentation?

Join us to explore these questions and many more. Presenters will cover the evidence for decorated bodies, such as head shaping, skin piercing, and tattooing among indigenous groups in ancient Mexico and Central America, including Maya and Aztec cultures. They’ll share the evidence for decorated bodies in art and archaeology while discussing native views of personhood, social status, and beauty.

PresentersAdorning the Body: Mesoamerica Ornamentation & Symbolism [PDF]

  • Joel Palka | Professor |Department of Anthropology | Latin American and Latino Studies Program
  • Andrew Finegold | Assistant Professor | Department of Art History
  • Jackson Krause |Undergraduate Student | Department of Anthropology


All audiences are welcome to join us at this program. Captioning, ASL Interpretation and Audio-Description services will be available upon request by contacting the number above.

Contact Info

Name: Mario Lucero
Phone: (312) 996-3095


Heritage Garden Student Group, Latino Planning Organization for Development, Education, and Regeneration (LOPDER), and Sociology Club

UIC Latino Cultural Center

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