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Kimberly Richards-Murphy

2003 Research

Abstract: The Context of Women in Mayan Art During the Classsic Period

Mentors: Dr. Sarah Keller and Dr. Jerry Galm, Anthropology

Throughout my research I have focused on the the context of women in Mayan art during the classic period. This includes how women were portrayed, what types of meida they were presented in, and the different individuals , gods, classes and gender roles that these women represented. Through these illustrations , we are able to better understand how Mayan society perceived, envisioned, and represented the roles of women in their culture. By compiling and categorizing both the media and context that these women represented in, I was able to gain a more insightful view of Mayan society. Previous works have focused mostly on male individuals and their role an dimpact in society. Previous works have focused moslty on male individuals and thier role and impact in society; whereas the role of women has been ignored despite their valuable contributions to Mayan society.

Presentations

7th Annual Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May, 19, 2004

New Voices in Indigenous Res., Berkeley, March 29-Apr. 1, 2005

8th Annual Research & CW Symposium, EWU, May 18, 2005

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