Maya Pilgrimage and Migration Talk
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Dr. Joel Palka, NIU Alum and Archaeologist in the Departments of Anthropology and Latin American and Latino Studies at University of Illinois-Chicago will present his research on Maya pilgrimage in the Lacandon Rainforest. Pilgrimage has been a part of daily Maya life for millennia. Warfare, changing trade routes, socio-economic issues, and shifting agricultural practices are the most frequently argued explanations for ancient migrations but how did religious beliefs affect Maya migration? What can archaeological and ethnographic study reveal about the significance of Maya religious pilgrimage?