January Human Library: Oh Maya!

Today we welcomed Wendy Porter, an archeologist specializing in the Mayan civilization! Wendy brought a wealth of knowledge along with a variety of intriguing artifacts for the students to interact with, including cacao nibs, which the Maya used as currency. (We relaxed the “no eating in the Library” rule today.) She even anticipated the needs of quieter students by coming prepared with questions on cards that they could ask her.

Here are some fascinating facts we learned today:

– The word “shark” comes from the Maya fish god “xoc”

– Cacao was used as money

– Maya children were punished by being held over burning chili peppers!

– The ball used in the Mesoamerican ballgame weighed eight pounds!

Take a peek at the photos below:

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