2010 National Endowment for the Humanities, Mesoamerican Cultures and their Histories: Spotlight on Oaxaca
July 12 – Oaxaca City, Class in Santo Domingo Cultural Center, Santo Domingo Church
July 13 – Monte Alban with Dr. Spores
Zapotec Ball Court
Juego de pelota was the ball game played by ancient Mesoamericans. The game involved ritual events, including mediation among groups and sacrifices. The ball represented the sun passing overhead. The court had stepped structures on either side that were plastered over to make a smooth surface. The ball bounced off walls. The players moved the ball with their hips trying to reach the goal that was near the top of the wall. Balls were made from solid rubber and their size and weight varied.
July 25 – Check out a film of the Guelaguetza Parade by Gaby Martinez
July 28 – San Marcos Tlapazola