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Contact Information
Dale Hilton
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH  44106
Phone: (216) 707-2491
Program Title
Gods and Heroes of the Maya
Program Type
Individual Program
Program Rating
   based on 25 evaluation(s).
Target Audience
Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Maximum Number of Participants
Minimum Number of Participants
Primary Disciplines
Social Studies/History, Fine Arts, Language Arts/English
Program Description
The Maya Popol Vuh (Council Book) relates tales of the Hero Twins who make the world safe for the arrival of human beings. During this lesson students explore this creation myth and other aspects of the Maya culture by examining artifacts from The Cleveland Museum of Art. On-camera interactivities include filling out a viewing guide with personal interpretations of Maya mythology and beginning to write a story based on a princely scene from an ancient pottery vessel. Related discussion involves Maya hieroglyphs, notions of royalty, the sacred ball game and the natural resources of Mesoamerica.
Program Format
1. Open discussion with introduction to Maya mythology.
2. Introduce the sacred ballgame of the Maya and related artifacts.
3. Guided observation of Maya art objects from the museum’s collection.
4. Introduce the Popul Vuh, (the Maya creation myth) and summarize adventures of the Hero Twins.
5. Graphic organizer interactivity throughout videoconference.
Students will learn about the Maya creation myth, the Popul Vuh , and how the story of the Hero Twins relates to sacred ballgame played by the Maya.
Students will gain a better understanding of the gods, heroes, and myths depicted in selected Maya art works from the museum's collection.
Students will learn the characteristics of myth and understand how culture is revealed through the stories it tells.
Students will be introduced to the cultural and historical context of selected works of art and learn how art can tell a story.
Students will be introduced to the characteristics of mythology and learn that ancient myths, legends, and stories are used to explain the natural world, to teach morals, and to entertain.
National/Common Core Standards to which this program aligns
All programs are aligned with the National Education Standards, the Ohio Department of Education Academic Standards, and New York State Learning Standards.
State/Regional Standards to which this program aligns
Program Length
45-60 minutes
Program Cost
By Request: $145.00
By Request Premium: $130.00
Program Fee Notes
Purchase orders are due within 10 days of registration. Payment is due in full within 30 days of receiving the invoice. Invoices are sent upon program completion.
Cancellation Policy
Programs are non-refundable, however cancellations due to technical difficulties, school closings, or those received 48 hours in advance may be rescheduled for no additional charge. Rescheduling is subject to availability.
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Program Delivery Mode(s)
Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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