Don Pablo, Cha Chaak Ceremonies, and Archaeological Interpretation

Author(s): Traci Ardren

Year: 2015


Don Pablo Canul, a Yucatec Maya h’men living in the village of Yaxunah, appears in vignettes throughout A Forest of Kings. Participation in ceremonies led by Don Pablo was a regular component of the Yaxuna Archaeological Research Project under the direction of David Freidel, and these experiences provided a strong and vibrant example of 20th century Maya culture in Forest of Kings. Many archaeological projects in Yucatan have collaborated with or employed the services of Maya h’men since the earliest research projects of the 1940’s. This paper will explore Don Pablo’s biography within the context of the history of collaboration between archaeologists and Yucatec h’men with the objective of exploring how such partnerships have shaped the interpretation of ancient Maya archeological materials. While such partnerships have a long history in Yucatan, few archaeologists included the voice of Maya people in their written interpretations prior to this landmark volume by Schele and Freidel.

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Don Pablo, Cha Chaak Ceremonies, and Archaeological Interpretation. Traci Ardren. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395946)


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