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#405672 - 04/20/11 11:00 AM Jades of Belize Exhibit given a new face
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Who are the people who excelled in creating one of the most inspiring civilizations, and what do the objects created tell us about these people? These are some of the questions which a new exhibit being launched on Wednesday at the Museum of Belize will be trying to answer.

THE JADES Of BELIZE EXHIBIT which has been running for the past five (5) years at the Museum of Belize and which is one of the most favored exhibits, will get a much needed addition to enhance an already extraordinary exhibit. Instead of focusing only on objects; it will put a human MAYA/BELIZEAN face on the entire display, taking the exhibit to another level. The new expanded exhibit which is being sponsored by NICH in conjunction with UNESCO is called, “The People Who Carved Jades and Their Descendants”.

The museum has been open to the public for eight years and last year alone in 2010 had an impact on over 10,000 visitors; with this many visitors there is the need for renewed, more meaningful exhibits, and hence we are delighted to announce a new addition that is both timely and much needed.

The new exhibit will be opened in grand fashion on Wednesday April 20th, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Museum of Belize on Gabourel Lane. Keynote speaker is the Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture, Honorable Manuel Heredia Jr.


#405783 - 04/21/11 10:02 AM Re: Jades of Belize Exhibit given a new face [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

The Jades of Belize Exhibit has been running for the past five years at the Museum of Belize. Thousands have walked through the museum to experience the wonders of the Maya civilization. That exhibit has now been upgraded and given a face by curators Araceli Lita Hunter Krohn and Gilvano Swasey. Almost one year in the making, the newly enhanced exhibition was unveiled today and News Five’s Andrea Polanco was there.

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

“The People Who Carved Jade and Their Descendants” exhibition was officially opened at the Museum of Belize. It is an exhibition that seeks to delve into the history of the Mayas, Belize’s indigenous group:

Manuel Heredia Jr.

Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture

“This opening of this exhibition is timely, as it provides context and connectivity to the original display. While the history of our country is the sum of all the contributions of the inhabitants, today we pay respect to the people who carved the jades of Belize and their descendants. Today I would like to dispel that misconception of the people who carved the jade as a civilization of old pottery, stones and ruins. This exhibition is intended to give all visitors a better understanding and appreciation of the accomplishment of the Maya Civilization and the richness of their culture. In the first part of the exhibition we will see an impressive collection of the intricately carved jades. We will then take a walk back through a tunnel of time and space back into the past in order to experience the magnificence and splendor of the Maya Civilization and their contributions to our cultural heritage.”

David Brown

Dr. David Brown, Secretary General, Belize National Commission for UNESCO

“We are talking here about culture and we’re talking here about history too and history cannot just end by talking about people in their ancient times, there must be a continuation some how, so what happened to them, they were so great so what happened to them now?

To find out about the past of the Maya people, the exhibition which is a collection of artifacts, illustrations and photographs was brought to life with a new dimension, a human face, Julian Cho:

Araceli Hunter Krohn

Araceli Hunter Krohn, Curator of the Maya Exhibit

“Later on it was thought good these are beautiful, wonderful works of art, but there are stories, and there are people behind all of this. So let’s put a human face on these objects, because a lot of kids come up and say okay this is the Buena vista vase but now we have gone beyond that and we are showing the story behind it. You can give credit to Julian Cho and Greg Choc. Well Julian died, but they both came together and did the Atlas of Belize that showed what is being done and where the Maya villages are and what have you down in the Toledo District. We picked him because he was one of the original young leaders.”

Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.

In addition to the expanded exhibition there’s also a publication titled “ The People who carved the jade and their descendants”. Interestingly, the original cover of the publication carries the image of Julian Cho as a descendant from the maya, but that cover has been replaced with one carrying images of artifacts.

#405793 - 04/21/11 10:16 AM Re: Jades of Belize Exhibit given a new face [Re: Marty]
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The People Who Carved The Jade…

Belize's Jade Head is one of the most well-known masterpieces of pre-Colombian Mayan art - but jade, generally, was the most precious of stones to the Maya.

You've seen the masterful creations, but what about the people who made them? And why did they make them? That's the subject of a new book and exhibit launched at the Museum of Belize today - and Shaunice Heusner told us more about The people who carved the jade and their descendants.

Shaunice Heusner
"It uses the current artifacts that we had upstairs but it takes them from just being artifacts again in a display. Now it takes them and its explain the story about the people who created them and who also created the jades of Belize. Most of them are the piece that originally was here but they just had a little small caption. Now this exhibit tells you the story about the ancient Maya and also the Paleo Indians and the Archaic people."

The project was funded by Unesco.

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