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The site of Los Horcones on the Pacific coast of Chiapas was an important Early Classic (AD 200-700) gateway community.
It was strategically positioned along an important trade corridor, and because of this drew the attention of merchants from Teotihuacan, the great Central Mexican metropolis.
Teotihuacan and Los Horcones were connected economically and ideologically, and this strategic location left a mark in the form of a diverse archaeological record.
Public performances at different scales--which included ballgames among other masked performances--offered opportunities for complex discussions about identity.
In this talk, Claudia Garcia-Des Lauriers will take a multi-scalar view of the role of public performances and rituals to understand the discourses of identity taking place at this important Pacific coast center.
Claudia Garcia-Des Lauriers is associate professor of anthropology at Cal Poly Pomona.
Free for Museum Friends, $15 DAM members, $20 nonmembers, $5 students.
Tickets will be available for Museum Friends December 3*, to DAM members December 10, and to nonmembers December 17.
*Please log in to your Museum Friends account on December 3 to access advance ticketing.
Photo by Claudia Des Lauriers.