Raising Awareness and Understanding of Traditional Timekeeping

How should our Pueblos and Communities address the New Dawn?

What does it mean that a 13 Bak’tun has come to a completion and a New Dawn has begun?  What can we expect from this new time?

We want to enter a new time, a New Dawn, but …before we declare ourselves ready to enter the new time we must be sure about what we understand (and what others understand) by “time-space”, how time-space goes by, how it determines life and what the original instructions from our ancestors say about interaction with time-space.

In the specific case of Mesoamerica, where there is material and documental evidence of the existence of a 365-day calendar, there is worn-out discussion on whether there was a way of maintaining that day-keeping instrument in synchrony with the yearly solar cycle.

Since we are aware that during the past five hundred years there has been a systematic destruction of the masters and methods for keeping time reckoning, we ask: is current timekeeping and monitoring of the passage of days the same as that practiced before the Spanish invasion?

How can we have the certainty that the current traditional day-keeping system (which takes for granted that days always begin at a certain moment of the daily cycle) is the same day-keeping system practiced by forefathers?

These questions are crucial, for without a complete knowledge of the characteristics of time-space that we are living in, it is impossible to imagine our interaction with the time-space of the New Dawn.