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Mesoamerican Cosmovision Conference @Houston Comm Coll 6/25-6/26

ANCIENT MESOAMERICAN COSMOVISION CONFERENCE
June 25 and 26, 2009

Sponsors: Houston Community College’s Mexican-American/Latino Program and the Museum Guadalupe Aztlan of Houston, Texas.
Location and Time: Thursday and Friday, Southeast College, 6815 Rustic, Houston, TX. 77087, Lecture Hall, (Angela Morales Bldg.) 8:30 AM – 3 PM
Art Exhibit Opening:and Reception – Friday, June 26, 7pm at the Museo Guadalupe Aztlan, 708 Telephone Rd., Suite B. Houston, TX 77011.

Agenda: Thursday, June 25 (Lecture Hall)
8:15 – 8:30 – Welcome: Dr. Joanne Lin, Dean of Student Services
8:30 – 9:00 – Ancient Mesoamerica – Dr. Grisel Cano, Director Mexican-.
American/Latino Program
9: – 9:45 – Key Note Speaker, Artist Ramon Barela, MFA –“Mindshift”
9:45 – 10 – Break
10:00 – 10:45 – Alfonso Lopez, Historian
“The Ah-Men: Mayan Priest of the Agrarian Cult of Traditional Pueblos in Yucatan”
10:45 – 11: 15 – Carminia Martinez, Anthropologist
“Calendars, Prophecies, and the 2012 Millenarian Movement Among the Council of Mayan Elders and Priests of Yucatan.”
11:15 – 12.00 -Gabriel Gaytan, Artist, Media Producer
“Tonal Achtli, Semilla del Sol, Seed of the Sun,” A Mesoamerican Visual Literacy Experience with Art, History and Culture
12:00– 1: 30 – Lunch – Student Center – Tlaloc Dancers – Patio
1:30 – 2:15 – Angelina H. Rodriguez, LPC, ATR-BC – Room 3013
“A Mayan Tradition in a New Culture-Celebrating Death Through Art”
2:15 – 3:15 – Questions and Answers with Presenters
Friday – June 26 – Southeast College (Lecture Hall)
8:30 –- 8:45 Greetings – Dr. Grisel Cano
8:45 – 9:15 – “Cambio de Mentalidad” – Ramon Barela, MFA
9:15 – 9:45 – Ruben Bello, Artista
“ABYA-YALA, Verdadero Nombre del Continente Americano”

9:45 – 10.30 – Dr. Aid Avila Covarrubias
“Ruta de la Peregrinacion Azteca”

10.30 – 10:45 – Break

10:45 – 11:30 – David Palmer, Writer
“Neoliberalismo y Globalizacion de la Sabiduria Elemental”

11:30 – 12: 15 – Dr. María Castellanos, Abogada para los Derechos Humanos y Licenciada en Derecho.
“El Encarcelamiento de Niños Inmigrantes Indígenas en los Estados Unidos.”

12: 15 – 1::45– Lunch on your own – Visit Merida Restaurant

1:45 – 2:15 – Jesus Medel, M. Ed. Director – Museum Guadalupe-Aztlan, Houston.

“Symbology of Mayan Huipiles – An Insight into the Museum’s Private Collection”

2::15 – 3:15 – Mesa Redonda

Viernes, 26, a las 7 pm – Exhibición de arte en el Museo Guadalupe Aztlan

Keynote Speaker: Ramon Barela, MFA.

Born November 29, 1949 in Dexter, New Mexico, Ramon moved to Texas in 1966 and completed his BFA in fine arts at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, in1973 and his MFA at UTPA, Edinburg, Texas. He has been an educator for Texas Public Schools for 14 years and presently teaches at Harlingen High School, Harlingen, Texas. He is the founder of the El De Leon Centro Cultural Victoria, a Latino art nonprofit organization. He has coordinated regional and local art exhibits for various art organizations and museums in Texas. He has presented panel discussions in Latino conferences and colleges concerning his thematic approach of integrated worldviews.

Currently, his work involving installations and multimedia projections is a reflection of his continuing investigation into the new scientific paradigms and the implications of collective transformations of consciousness in world culture with an emphasis on Mayan cosmovision. He feels that the stages and cycles of time are moving towards a worldview of evolutionary consciousness. This information informs his aesthetics creating certain components in which the visual contrasts with the information of the viewer. He hopes that these juxtapositions will resonate with the developing psyche of the viewer.

Presentations: Thursday, June 25, 2009.
Ramon Barela, MFA – “Mindshift
My art work is a process of investigation into theories of science, cosmology and archetypical imagery and structure, reflecting the idea that we live in a multi-tiered cosmos. Theories relating to the holographic universe, quantum voids, and the reoccurring themes in the collective memories of ancient cultures, such as the Maya, reveal themselves in layers of visual information for the viewer.
Carminia Martinez – Anthropologist – “Calendars, Prophecies, and the 2012 Millenarian Movement Among the Council of Mayan Elders and Priests of Yucatan”
This presentation will explain the origins of millenarian movements (in this case, the 2012 end of the Mayan calendar). An integral analysis that includes both structural and cultural factors for understanding social-religious-political movements is presented. In a nutshell, I propose that besides material causes- such as poverty, exploitation, and marginalization- the millenarian movement centered around the end of the Mayan calendar in Yucatan finds a high degree of inspiration in the subjective dimension of the culture: mythology. Hence, both structural and cultural aspects of reality are integral in the formation of such social phenomenon.
Alfonso Lopez – “The Ah-Men: Mayan Priest of the Agrarian Cult of Traditional Pueblos in Yucatan”

In Mayan spiritual tradition, religious-ceremonial leaders are known as Ah-men, or guardians of wisdom, whom the community upholds as the repositories of Mayan culture. Furthermore, the community regards the Ah-men as a Mayan priest preserving wisdom and oral traditions dating back in time. As a doctor, he or she knows the herbs and rites that either maintain or destroy the health of humans and the earth. A great number of interviews and oral histories on these wisdom keepers were conducted in southern Yucatan -along the Chilam Balam pueblos- The information collected and elaborated here will shed light on the historical persistence of an indigenous priesthood that preserved some fundamental elements of Mesoamerican (Mayan) religious consciousness.
For this presentation, a thorough explanation of this enigmatic character, the Ah-men, aims to identify the mythical paradigm from where the priesthood and its Mayan consciousness operate. A historical background of the priesthood, methods of initiation, specialties, visions, gender specifications, and oral traditions will compose the bulk of the talk.

“Tonal Achtli, Semilla del Sol, Seed of the Sun” Gabriel S. Gaytan, Artist-Native Mexican American Art Presenter

In Seed of the Sun, Semilla del Sol, Tonal Achtli, Rosa Guerrero narrates
a visual journey of a millenary history as illustrated by artist Gabriel S. Gaytán.
This one-hour presentation includes a 29 minute video of Gaytán’s paintings takeing the viewer through a Mesoamerican visual literacy experience with art, history and culture. For Mexican Americans history begins before the arrival of Christopher Columbus
and Hernando Cortes. It is a past that has been silenced for over 500 years. We are .
the Fifth Sun, the epoch in which a new light shines on the indigenous peoples of the Americas and brings a promise of peace and understanding to Chicanos and their
world neighbors.

Angelina H. Rodriguez, LPC, ATR-BC – A Mayan Tradition in a New Culture-Celebrating Death Through Art

Celebrate grief and loss using the Latino traditions of Dia de los Muertos. Participants will learn rich cultural death traditions, which can be used with both Hispanic and non-Hispanic clients. Participant are asked to bring pictures and small things favored by their loved one in creating your personal ofrenda

Ruben Bello – “ABYA-YALA, el verdadero nombre del continente americano.

Es fácil entender que muchos de los que nacimos en este territorio bautizado por los colonizadores como América, somos de ascendencia europea, pero tal irreversible hecho, no nos impide luchar por la verdadera identidad de nuestro continente y recuperar entre otras cosas su verdadero nombre original con el que los indígenas acordaron llamarlo mucho antes de la llegada de Colon: ABYA-YALA

Presentaciones – Viernes, Junio 26, 2009

Dr. Aid Avila Covarrubias – Ruta de la Peregrinación Azteca
Nuevos descubrimientos arqueológicos en la Zona de la Huasteca en México indican la posibilidad de que el mítico Aztlan y las Cuevas de Chicomoztoc pueden estar en esta zona. Son varios los nombres o topónimos que enlazan a la Huasteca con Aztlan:
Tamoanchan, Axtla, Chicomoztoc, Chalco, Xoloco, Xomoconco, Tamazunchale, Tampacan, Tamuin, Huexotla, nombres en espejo de México-Tenochtitlan o viceversa entre otros. La razón de nuestro trabajo precisamente es abordar esta teoría con la descripción de dichos topónimos y los sitios arqueológicos que aquí existen. Su enlace con las culturas precolombinas y nuestro proceso investigador presente.
“Por mi raza hablara el espíritu!”

David Palmer – “Neoliberalismo y Globalización de la Sabiduría Elemental”
En momentos dramáticos para la historia de la humanidad y para el devenir de la civilización, cuando la voracidad corporativista se enfrenta a su peor encrucijada a pesar de un mundo enajenado en un mar de manipulación informativa y súper-estructural, el avance de la ciencia, la tecnología y las comunicaciones representa un desafío descomunal para el desarrollo y globalización de los principios inmanentes del saber elemental de todos los tiempos. En esta presentación se hablara sobre la espiritualidad cósmica, usos y costumbres ancestrales, colonialismo y resistencia, y los nuevos paradigmas.

María Elena Castellanos – *El Encarcelamiento de Niños Inmigrantes Indígenas en los Estados Unidos*

Esta presentación abarca una descripción de los factores politico económicos que respaldan los cambios recientes en la política de inmigración de los Estados Unidos y en el trato de los ninos y familias indocumentadas. Se presentara una corta película sobre los niños de la prisión de Hutto. Se hablara sobre el papel de las organizaciones privadas en las prisiones y de la política del Departamento de la Seguridad Nacional. Además se presentara información sobre los movimientos de resistencia politica.

Jesus Medel – Symbology of Mayan Huipils: An Insight to Museo Guadalupe Aztlan’s (Houston) Permanent Collections
Drawing from Museo Guadalupe Aztlan’s permanent collections, an insight to the symbols embedded in this museum’s huipil collection will be imparted, and these artifacts were collected in Guatemala (Central America) during an ethnographic expedition.

Dr. Aid Avila Covarrubias – Conferencista de Mexico – Viernes, Junio 26, 2009
Nuestro invitado de México, medico cirujano con especialidad en psiquiatría, Dr. Avila Covarrubias obtuvo un postgrado sobre Historia Antigua de la Huasteca de La Universidad Nacional de Mexico. En su trabajo de tesis explora las experiencias extrasensoriales para determinar como se compara el fenómeno de curar un paciente entre médicos tradicionales y curanderos. Ha realizado trabajos de investigación arqueológica en la Huasteca Potosina y publicado varios libros de poesía, historia de la Huasteca, y el origen de Aztlan Su presentación para este día se basa en su tesis sobre el posible origen de la peregrinación azteca durante el periodo Post-Clásico en la Huasteca.

ACKNOWLEDMENTS

HCCS’s Mexican American Studies Program and the Museum Guadalupe Aztlan would like to recognize all the people who made this conference possible:

Tara Webb, and the College Activity Board members
Beverly Hixon – Dept. Chair English and Humanities
Felipe Reyes – Public Relations Director – Southeast College
Raul Acosta – Merida Restaurant
Museo Guadalupe-Aztlan volunteers

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