CMU – Museum – Chevron Combine for Unique Tour

Mar 14th @ 8:27 am in News by Scott Staley

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The Museum of Western Colorado announced a unique partnership with Chevron and Colorado Mesa University that allows students and the broader community to participate in a once in a lifetime guided educational tour of the Yucatan and Chiapas October 19-27, 2013.

Participants in this one of a kind tour will experience classic and post classic sites such as Uxmal and Labna as well as some of the most incredible ruins in the Maya world, Palenque, Bonampak and Yaxchilan. Led by Mike Perry and Zebulon Miracle from the Museum of Western Colorado, Professor Jake Allee from CMU’s Art Department and Mexican Anthropologist Francisco Gonzales, participants will be wowed by the beauty of the Yucatan and Chiapas while engaging in discussions about the religious symbolism of Mayan ceramic and architecture, its form, structure and stylistic embellishment.

“Chevron is proud to sponsor this exciting educational opportunity,” said Cary Baird of Chevron’s Rocky Mountain Area.”At Chevron we believe education is critical to promoting economic vitality and a strong quality of life in the communities where we live, work and play. Through this partnership, we are connecting two of the great resources in western Colorado, the Museum of Western Colorado and Colorado Mesa University, to create cross-generational educational experiences.  Travel studies also help create understanding, appreciation and respect for other cultures around the world. Chevron is proud to say that we fully believe in the most abundant energy source on earth, the power of human energy.”

“The museum has been organizing and leading trips for a number of years now, but through this cooperation with CMU, we will now be able to offer a whole new experience,” said Peter Booth, Museum Executive Director. “By inviting CMU professors to join us, our trip participants will enjoy an insight that is unparalleled.  We at the Museum are thrilled to be collaborating with CMU and we are very appreciative that Chevron is making this partnership possible.”

“This partnership allows an exciting way for our alumni to stay connected with CMU and continue learning,” said Rick Adleman, Director of Alumni Relations at CMU. “Providing hands-on research opportunities for our undergraduate students is an institutional priority. I’m proud that the Alumni Association can play a role in making this experience available.”

“I think this trip is an excellent opportunity to see firsthand one of the great cultures our side of the globe has to offer,” said Professor Jake Allee. “Many exciting things have happened in the last 20 years of research on Mayan art.  Epigraphers (people who translate ancient texts) have deciphered better than 80% of the Mayan glyphs and they are building historical records of each individual city.  Since all of the books, with the exception of four, were destroyed the epigraphers are now using texts on pottery and stone carving to put historical information together.”

Community members are invited to learn more about the Yucatan and Chiapas trip at a free fiesta on April 4th at 6:30pm in the Colorado Mesa University Ballroom. Refreshments with a Yucatan flair will be served a short presentation will be given. Parking is available in the parking garage off of 12th Street and Elm Avenue.

The Museum of Western Colorado is the largest museum institution between Denver and Salt Lake City and is one of only a small handful of museums in the United States to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.  Each year the Museum offers an extensive trips and tours program that cover everything from half-day hike to see rock art, full day dinosaur digs, trips around the American Southwest, and international trips all over the globe.