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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 Bartolom√© 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.


April 4, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Thomas Jefferson Building
10 First Street, SE
Washington , DC 20540 United States


Kslak Foundation