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Adorning the Body: Mesoamerican Ornamentation and Symbolism

March 15, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Adorning the Body: Mesoamerican Ornamentation and Symbolism

Presented by the UIC Latino Cultural Center, the Department of Anthropology, and the Department of Art History

Body decoration, including tattooing and piercing, is common around the world today. But have you wondered how Mesoamerican people mastered this art form? And what ideas and meanings were behind their practices of body ornamentation?

Join us to explore these questions and many more. Presenters will cover the evidence for decorated bodies, such as head shaping, skin piercing, and tattooing among indigenous groups in ancient Mexico and Central America, including Maya and Aztec cultures. They’ll share the evidence for decorated bodies in art and archaeology while discussing native view of personhood, social status, and beauty.

Joel Palka | Associate Professor |Department of Anthropology | Latin American and Latino Studies Program
Andrew Finegold | Assistant Professor | Department of Art History
Jackson Krause |Undergraduate Student | Department of Anthropology

When: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Time: 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Where: Latino Cultural Center – Lecture Center B2

FREE refreshments and admission

This program is co-sponsored by student organizations Heritage Garden Student Group, Latino Planning Organization for Development, Education, and Regeneration (LOPDER), Sociology Club.

For more info, please call (312) 996-3095.
All audiences are welcome to join us at this program. Captioning, ASL Interpretation and Audio-Description services will be available upon request by contacting the number above.


March 15, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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UIC Latino Cultural Center


UIC Latino Cultural Center
803 S. Morgan
Chicago, IL United States
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