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First Friday features Mayan film

‘Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth’ screening at the Mariposa Museum next week

“Heart of Sky — Heart of Earth,” an award-winning documentary film by Eric Black and Frauke Sandig, will be screened at the Mariposa Museum for First Friday, March 7.

Filmed over several years, the intimate accounts of six young Mayans are interwoven with images of the fragile beauty of nature and the creation myth of the Popol Vuh. In the background the ruins of a former Mayan civilization remind us of our own possible fate. The Maya, who like many indigenous people, believe they are the guardians of the Earth, struggle to save their culture and their environment in the face of a complex global crisis.

The six protagonists are Chan K’in, studying to become possibly the last shaman of the Lacandon Maya, who lives amongst Mayan ruins in what was formerly the largest and most biodiverse rainforest in North America, now reduced to an island of green in a sea of cattle ranches; Flori, who after fleeing genocide as a young girl, has returned to her village to organize people against the Canadian gold mine poisoning their children; Felipe, a Guatemalan spiritual guide who is preserving ceremonies of his ancestors to save first himself from drug addiction and then to help the survivors of the genocide close the “circle of pain”; Chepita, on a crusade to save sacred Mayan corn from Monsanto’s genetically manipulated hybrids; Jerónimo, a farmer and a member of the Zapatista peasant movement who declared war on the Mexican state the day the Free Trade (NAFTA) was imposed; and the Mayan astro-archaeologist Alonso, obsessed with time and space in the same way his ancestors were obsessed. Working among the majestic ruins of Palenque, he draws the parallel between the collapse of the classical Maya, the coming end of the “long count” and our impending ecological collapse.

The film will be shown at 7 p.m. with a reception for the ongoing exhibition “Sharing Sacred Ground: Weaving Memory and Change in The Americas” from 6 to 7 p.m.

The theme of KidCraft from 5 to 6 p.m. will be weaving.

All events for First Friday are free and open to the public. The Mariposa is wheelchair accessible.

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