September of 1519 in Yucatan, Mexico. September of 2018 in Denver, Colorado, USA. Copal is a powerful incense across centuries, a scent and ceremonial presence familiar to Indigenous peoples, Mexicans, and Chicanx communities alike. But what happens when copal is stolen from Maya sacred sites and brought to storage in Massachussetts? For over 100 years thousands of bodies from Chichén Itzá have been held in a Harvard museum in Cambridge, Massachussetts, USA. This is a tragic rupture of a relational network.
This is a bonus episode and based on a paper for Seeding Relations Conference March 2022. Here, I articulate some experiences, reflections, and questions that are emerging during my research and relationships with copalli. These are questions I hope to engage in my thesis and future doctoral work. Thank you for listening!
Check out the March 2022 conference: Seeding RelationsRead the paper, a partial transcript of this episode.Aztec Philosophy, James MaffieFind out more about Harvard Museum Collections hereMusic from Epidemic SoundsThis podcast episode was recorded and produced on the ancestral lands of the Pawtucket and Massachussett.
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