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Learning from the Maya About Diversity, Culture and Ecology~Teachers and Parents
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
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 Teachers 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.
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.
Native American Technology and Art: www.nativetech.org
Lesson 3 Resources
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
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:
Other helpful ideas and projects to teach about the concept of biodegrading and plastic:
Plastics in the Water: Is That A Yummy Jellyfish