The Central Kukulcan Pyramid, Citchen Itza Mexico

The Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza are among the most recognizable and most visited sites in Mexico, with over a million visitors annually.  Many who come to take pictures and stroll amidst the centuries-old columns may fail to realize that many of the vendors, tour guides, and personnel at the site are themselves ethnically Maya, just like the Precolumbian people who built the pyramids.  The relationship that modern Maya have to these ruins and the ancient people who built them is a fascinating one, and it can teach us a lot about how all people, ourselves included, create present identities out of history. This video presents discusses the identity of the Maya in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, and the relationship between ancient and modern.


 This video is best suited for a high-school audience.




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