The Fajina Archaeology Outreach's 'To The Mountain' is available online for free. It's the story of some Classic Maya kids and their adventures around Xunantunich. It's in Yucatec Maya, Spanish, and English. Thanks, Fajina Outreach!

"In these pages, you will find a story about two fictional Maya kids living during the Late Classic Maya period (600 - 900 CE) around the archaeological site of Xunantunich, Belize. Originally, Xunantunich was known as Katyaatz Witz ( Katyaats’ Wits’ ) or Clay Mountain. While fictional, this story is based on documented archaeological information and many cultural aspects of the ancient Maya. For example, the building illustrated on pages 33 and 37 is part of El Castillo acropolis and known as Structure A-6-2nd. Its stucco frieze still survives in part at El Castillo today."

To the Mountain! follows two ancient Maya kids, Little Moon and Running Jaguar, on an adventure! There is a big construction project going on at the temple of the Clay Mountain Capital. They’ve got to see how it’s coming along! Join the kids as they trek through the jungle, over the river, and up the big white road to reach the capital!

To the Mountain! incorporates significant Maya plants, animals, and locations with an interactive Did You Spot It? game. The story centers on ancient Katyaatz Witz (or Katyaats’ Wits’) (Clay Mountain), today known as Xunantunich, near Succotz, Belize.

The story is co-authored by archaeologists Sylvia Batty, Rebecca Friedel, and Leah McCurdy. The book is illustrated by Frederic Wierum. Mrs. Cesiah Boryczka and students provided the Spanish translations and Mr. Fernando Tzib provided the Maya translations.

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The Belizean Literature Series invites you to read, and share with your children, this beautifully written, exquisitely illustrated children's book in English, Spanish and Yucatec Maya. To the Mountain! (Fajina Archaeology Outreach, 2016. 46 pages)* is written by archaeologists Sylvia Batty, Belizean; Rebecca Friedel; and Leah McCurdy and illustrated by Belizean artist Frederic Wierum. The text is laid out very conveniently with all three languages presented on the same page.

Set during the Late Classic period of the Maya (600-900 CE), To the Mountain! follows Little Moon and Running Jaguar on an exciting journey to find out for themselves what’s going on at the big construction project at the temple of Clay Mountain (Katyaatz Witz), which we know today as Xunantunich. According to the authors, “To the Mountain! is an archaeologically accurate story based on evidence of ancient Maya life.”

A free digital copy of the book is available at the website listed below; however, it can be purchased in hard copy as well and would make a great Christmas gift not only for children but for book-loving adults as well.

Here’s the link to the Fajina website where you can download the book in PDF or make inquiries about purchasing hard copies: https://fajinaoutreach.org/tothemountain/