Mayan culture event comes to Cherokee Arts Center
by Michelle Babcock
March 30, 2014 04:00 AM | 8377 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Comalcalco, Mayan monument in Mexico.
Comalcalco, Mayan monument in Mexico.
With traditional Mayan dancers and musical demonstrations, the Cherokee Arts Center will welcome the Living Maya exhibition to Canton.

The Cherokee Arts Center will feature photographs, hand-woven textiles and traditional Mayan clothing as part of the five-day Living Maya: Classical Weaving and Music Display exhibition.

Meghan Griffin, Canton Main Street director, said the Living Maya exhibition will kick off Tuesday with an opening reception in the gallery at the Arts Center from 5 to 7 p.m.

The opening event “will feature Mayan speakers, Mayan dancers in traditional costume and a performance including the marimba, a traditional percussion instrument,” Griffin said.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Canton Main Street Program and Kennesaw State University’s Maya Heritage Community Project, and will continue through Saturday.

“People of Mayan heritage from Guatemala will be on hand to answer questions,” Griffin said. “Throughout their history, the Maya have inhabited an area that includes parts of southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and the western fringe of Honduras and El Salvador.”

Griffin said Mayan’s are one of the most

celebrated pre-European civilizations.

“Remnants of awe-inspiring temples, pyramids and cities can be found in the regions they occupied,” she added.

The Living Maya exhibition is being presented in conjunction with the Canton Main Street’s April First Friday celebration, scheduled for this Friday.

The Latin American Festival First Friday event will take place in Cannon Park in downtown Canton from 6 to 9 p.m.

The Cherokee Arts Center is at 94 North St. in Canton, and the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The gallery will remain open late Tuesday and Friday this week during the opening reception and Friday night celebration.

The opening reception, exhibition and Friday celebration are all free and open to the public.

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