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Learning from the Maya About Diversity, Culture and Ecology~Teacher’s and Parent’s Guide
with Maya Arts and Crafts of Guatemala/Artes y Artesanías Mayas de Guatemala Coloring Book


Further Resources

This list of websites is primarily for the information of teachers and parents, though some sites may also be of interest to children.

 

Lesson 1 Resources

A Teacher’s Kit from Terra Experience, a Fair Trade Federation member, includes a huipil and a palm hat to accompany this lesson. See Teachers Resources at www.terraexperience.com.

Books
Children of the World: Guatemala by Ronnie Cummins and Rose Welch and more books about the Maya are available from Terra Experience at www.terraexperience.com

Web sites
K’inal Winik Cultural Center Teacher Resources (also check out their Maya studies curriculum)
www.csuohio.edu/kinalwinik/resources/teachers/teachers.htm

Sites with photos of Maya traditional clothing:

The Guatemalan Indian Centre: www.maya.org.uk

Guatemalan Maya Weaving (TRAJE EN GUATEMALA): www.rutahsa.com/traje.html

 

Lesson 2 Resources

A Teacher’s Kit from Terra Experience, a Fair Trade Federation member, includes Maya shoulder bags, gourds and a bundle cloth to accompany this lesson. See Teachers Resources at www.terraexperience.com.

Books
Technology in the Time of the Maya by Judith Crosher. Raintree, Steck and Vaughn, 1998. Has sections on crafts, architecture, food use, the calendar, glyph writing system and more. Excellent!

A Life of Their Own: An Indian Family in Latin America by Aylette Jenness & Lisa Kroeber. Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1975. Gives a picture of many aspects of Maya daily life, including carrying, goods and the part that crafts play.

Websites

Native American Technology and Art: www.nativetech.org

Lesson 3 Resources

A Teacher’s Kit from Terra Experience, a Fair Trade Federation member, includes Maya bags to accompany this lesson. See Teachers Resources at www.terraexperience.com.

Books
5 0 Things Kids Can Do To Save the Earth
Available from: The EarthWorks Group, EarthWorks Press, PO Box 1117, Ashland, OR 97520

Some sample activities from the book can be found at www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/enved/EnviroEd/Can_Do/50things.htm

The Bird that Cleaned the World by Victor Montejo. Curbstone Press, 1992. Contains two ecological moral tales “The Bird that Cleaned the World” and “Who Cuts the Trees Cuts His own Life” Available from
www.curbstone.org

El Pajaro Que Limpia El Mundo y Otras Fábulas Mayas / No’ Ch’ik Xtx’ Ahtx’ En Sat Yib’ Anh Yax Te’. Original Popti’ Mayan/Spanish version of The Bird that Cleaned the World by Victor Montejo. Available from Yax Te’ Books:
www.csuohio.edu/yaxte/books.html Look under Literature and Language Backlist (page includes a downloadable PDF catalog).

Websites
Biodegrading In The Wildlands-Can You Dig It? by Jane Schmidt. Order by email to jschmid@dupo.stclair.k12.il.us
An on-line version can be found at
http://lewiscenter.org/force/1070/subprojects/Wildlands%20Curriculum/www_biodegrade.htm

Other helpful ideas and projects to teach about the concept of biodegrading and plastic:

Plastics in the Water: Is That A Yummy Jellyfish I See?
http://www.beworldwise.org/teachers/plastics_in_water.php

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