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Kislak Fellows Lecture: Dr. Frauke Sachse
April 4, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress houses a unique early colonial missionary document from Highland Guatemala. Manuscript 1015 is a small leather-bound handbook that was compiled from different types of texts in several Highland Mayan languages and probably served as a vademecum to a parish priest. While the compilation of the volume dates to 1567, most texts are copies of earlier documents. The most noteworthy of these is a collection of songs that can be linked to the evangelization of the tierra de guerra (“Land of War”) under Bartolomé de las Casas in 1537 and may thus turn out to be the earliest preserved doctrinal text in a Highland Maya language. This talk will give an overview on the initial findings of a joint research project with Garry Sparks, a professor at George Mason University.
Dr. Frauke Sachse, from the University of Bonn, will be giving her lecture on Tuesday, April 4th at 4 PM in the Thomas Jefferson Building, LJ-119. She has done amazing work on a truly unique and totally unknown manuscript dating from the mid-16th century Maya Highlands.