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Re: [teacherartexchange] Mayan Clay Rattles


Date: Fri Sep 05 2008 - 13:39:50 PDT


I'm no Mayanologist, but I've visited and even volunteered at many of the sites in Mexico,
Guatemala, Belize and Honduras. I don't recall clay rattles, but ocarinas and silbatos
(whistle bottles). That's probably one reason you've had trouble getting information. The
other reason is your terminology: the adjective is MAYA (not Mayan). I know most people use
"Mayan," but in order to find the most accurate information use "Maya," which is the term the
archaeologists use. The only time one uses the word Mayan is when referring to the language.

Are you trying to make rattles, and need an art history connection? Or are you wanting to
study the Maya, and need a studio project for it? In that case, try making ocarinas or


> Hello!
> I am interested in doing a Mayan Clay rattle lesson with my high school students. Have any of
> you done a lesson like this? I'm having trouble finding Mayan rattle images on the web - I've
> done image searches for "clay rattles, mayan rattles, pre-columbian rattles" and am not having
> much luck. Also, any art history info. you have would be appreciated. Thanks!

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