October 9, 1999

Speaker:  Mary Ciaramella

Title:  "The Weavers and the Codices"

Summary:  Pictorial images in the Dresden and Madrid Codices of the Maya
include female figures wearing woven, netted, or brocaded textiles. Such
textile depiction may involve metaphors for life processes such as those of
marriage and birth.

At the October meeting, Mary Ciaramella, a
retired librarian who is now a full-time glypher,
presented a talk entitled The Weavers and the Codices".
Mary first described the technology of Mayan spinning,
loom-stringing, weaving and sewing and showed
illustrations of Mayan looms, warping frames and spindles.
She then showed illustrations and the associated glyphic
texts from the Dresden and Madrid Codices and identified
words for a number of weaving-related concepts.  Finally,
she pointed out that many of the terms had metaphorical
as well as literal interpretations, showing the
relationship between weaving and childbirth, spindles
and coitus, net-making and marriage...

A written version of Mary's talk will appear in a
forth-coming version of Research Reports on Mayan

Biographical information:  Mary Ciaramella is a retired librarian who is a full time
glypher. Her article, "The Lady with the Snake Headdress" appeared in the
1989 Mesa Redonda (published in 1994) "The Weavers and the Codices" is due to
be published in the next issue (probably September) of George Stuart's
Research Reports on the Maya. Her talk, "The Beekeepers and the Madrid
Codex," was presented at St. John's University as part of the PCS-PA
symposium in November 1997.

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