2018 Guatemala and Honduras Costume and Cultural Awareness Study Tour

Join the Costume Society of America May 15-27, 2018 for an exciting study tour to Guatemala and Honduras! They will visit the ruins of Copan to decipher sculptures depicting Mayan dress, explore museums in Guatemala City, and absorb the culture of the Guatemalan Highands. Click here for full description and itinerary.


2018 National Hispanic Heritage Month Events

Hispanic Heritage Month, whose roots go back to 1968, begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is October 12. National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) recognizes the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture. Check out what is happening on their website.

Workshop: Learn about fabrics

Workshops at the Ixchel Museum (Guatemala) - Ever wonder what those symbols mean? “Let’s Learn about Weaving” is a new workshop given from 10-12 noon every third Thursday of the month.  It is led by Violeta Gutierrez (curator) and Barbara Knoke (anthropologist) – a modest fee is charged. For more information, you can contact the Museum at


Meet the Artists - Native Art Market

The Native Art Market offers a unique shopping opportunity for visitors to purchase traditional and contemporary works—including silver and semiprecious jewelry, ceramics, fine apparel, handwoven baskets, traditional beadwork, dolls, paintings, prints, and sculpture—by some of the finest Native American artists.


Saturday & Sunday, December 2 & 3, 2017 - Free admission (NYC & Washington, DC)


Member Preview in Washington, D.C. - Friday, December 1, 2017, 5:30 PM–7:30 PM

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian - located on the National Mall between the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum and the U.S. Capitol Building.


Preview Party in New York City - Friday, December 1, 2017, Art Talk: 4:30 PM; Preview Party: 5–8 PM

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian - One Bowling Green, NYC


Saturday, October 21, 2017 - The Maya in Maryland

Come meet the members of the Maya Community at the Gaithersburg Library in Maryland.  Weaving for the Future Cooperative, who's mission is to  maintain and pass on the Maya weaving tradition to the next generation here in the US.  Raices Culturales Latinoamericanas also presents Marimba Maya Awal who will play the melodic notes of traditional and popular music on Guatemala’s national instrument throughout the day. The event starts at 12PM and goes until 5PM. All are welcome! 


Sunday, September 17, 2017 - Feria del Barrio

North 5th between Huntingdon and Somerset Streets, Philadelphia, PA from 12-5 PM. Serving as one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino arts and culture, the annual Feria del Barrio brings together thousands of community residents from throughout the Greater Philadelphia region for a free family event. At Feria, you can find foods, artists, singers, dancers and performers — all while getting useful information from dozens of local agencies and cultural partners. Part of Hispanic Heritage Month.


Textiles at Twelve

For those in the Washington, DC area, please note the free lecture series 'Textiles at Twelve', sponsored by the Textile Museum. Weekly lunchtime programs—including films, lectures, and gallery talks—focus on the textile arts and global cultures. Free; no reservations are required..

Weaving into the Future

FOIM is initiating a women’s weaving cooperative in the Washington DC metropolitan area.  Weaving Into The Future will give women a kickstart (space & materials) to develop quality saleable woven products & locate sales venues.  The women will earn from their efforts, their children will learn how to weave, and the broader community will be able to see and appreciate the amazing Maya textile tradition—live. Upcoming events will be posted as information is received.

Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed

February 11-September 4, 2017 - Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas, TX. Explore the social, natural, and spiritual realms of the Maya – past and present – known for their monumental architecture, distinctive art, and intricate knowledge of astronomy and time.


500 Years | Life in Resistance

Produced in 2016, this is the third film in a trilogy about Guatemala. This installment explores the sweeping historical significance of the war crimes trial of General Ríos Montt and the toppling of corrupt president Otto Pérez Molina. Director Pamela Yates gracefully engages the indigenous Mayan population who experienced genocide at the hands of a long-standing repressive government. Silenced family members and eyewitnesses come forward to share their individual stories with the desire that their under reported, horrific treatment receive the attention it deserves.


Spoken in Spanish and native Mayan languages, 500 YEARS delicately weaves archival footage with new interviews and emotional courtroom scenes to shine light on a growing movement to fend off the systematic aggression toward an underrepresented people. Focusing on the recent events of a country that has suffered for generations at the hands of a ruling elite, the film hails the nation’s citizens banding together on a quest for justice—and emerging as a beacon of hope. Click here to see film trailer.


Exhibition: Carmen L. Pettersen: Nature, Culture, and Landscapes of the Boca Costa of Guatemala 1930-1984

The exhibition will be held in Museo Ixchel from February 14-28, 2017

The inauguration of the event to be held February 15th at 7:00pm

There will also be two free lectures on February 23rd.

Click here to see the invitation.


Layers of Meaning: Color and Design in Guatemalan Textiles

This colorful exhibition in the Large Gallery of the new museum features traditional Guatemalan textiles, donated to the Avenir Museum by two longtime supporters: New Mexico-based textile and folk art collector and author, Martha Egan, and Mary Littrell, textile collector and former head of the Department of Design and Merchandising.

From July through December 2016, the second half of this year-long exhibition features additional Egan-Littrell collection textiles and the addition of wonderful images of Guatemala and its textile traditions, loaned by professional photographer Joe Coca.


IXCANUL - Mayan Language film

'Ixcanul' (which translates roughly to 'volcano' in the Mayan dialect of Kaqchikel) is an arresting story about two strong indigenous women. The 2015 film is still being shown. Click on the IXCANUL title above for more information.


Massive 'Maya' exhibit fills new Mays Center - May 2016

Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed - The Witte Museum - the Mays Family Center for Special Exhibitions and Events! For the first time, archeologists are sharing the secrets about this fascinating society in a singular and unforgettable museum experience. Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed is the largest traveling exhibition about the Maya ever to be toured in the United States. It uses a combination of authentic artifacts along with multimedia and interactive, hands-on activities to reveal our deep ties to this astonishing civilization. This is the Texas premier of this unprecedented exhibition.


Mayan Heritage and Culture Program

At the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC.  Friday and Saturday, September 16th and 17th (10am - 5pm) and also Sunday, September 18th (1-2pm) 2016.  Plans are still being made for this event, so check back soon for more information, or to visit the NMAI website click here.

ProveGuate Summit, Providence, RI October 12-16, 2016

This multi-day, multi-faceted program provides commercial, cultural, and educational events.  Of special interest are: 

  • October 12th Conferences and academic activities with Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Presentations include Dr. Richard Hansen on El Mirador (archaeology) and a piece on the recent evolution of the artisan sector.
  • October 12th at 4:30pm, Violeta Gutierrez (curator for the Ixchel Museum) will give a lecture at the Rhode Island School of Design entitled: Prendas y tejidos maya a través del tiempo (Maya Clothing and Weaving over time).
  • October 13th  Series of business roundtables and discussions on export and tourism opportunities.
  • October 15-16  Guatefest!  A chance to visit exhibitions and purchase handicrafts while enjoying Guatemalan food and entertainment.


Mayan Costumes of Guatemala

This online exhibit by the Museum of Anthropology in Columnbia, MO presents examples of Guatemalan costumes from the Museum’s ethnographic collections. Dating primarily to the mid 20th century, these items are representative of a number of different Mayan villages and cultural groups. To view the exhibit, click here.