Magda in the United States

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March-April were busy months for some of us, as we were hosting the visit of Magda Sotz Mux, our friend and collaborator from Chiq’a’l, on her first visit to the United States. Wuqu’ Kawoq helped to arrange a visiting scholarship for her at the University of Illinois, where she had a chance to give multiple lectures on life in Guatemala, development work, and of course weaving. She also made a side trip to the University of Kansas to visit with textiles and anthropology faculty there, as well as make guest appearances in Kaqchikel language classes.

The academic highlights of the month-long trip included a very well-received panel about language revitalization on the American continent (see promotional materials here) and a textiles exhibit at the Spurlock Museum with associated weaving demonstrations and lectures (more info here and here). These events were made possible through the support and collaboration of our friends in the Spurlock Museum and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois and the Department of Anthropology and Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Kansas.

In addition to Magda’s academic activities during the month, she also had many opportunities to fundraise both formally and informally for Wuqu’ Kawoq and, as a result, we have had a successful fundraising month!

I have including a few pictures from some of the weaving events at the University of Illinois, and videos of this and other elements of Magda’s stay in the United States can be viewed on our YouTube site.


Magda weaving in the museum/credit S. Steiner


More weaving/credit S. Steiner


Setting up the loom/credit S. Steinger


Magda with Peter at a university function/credit A. Brandon