Raising Awareness and Understanding of Traditional Timekeeping

Our History / Nuestra Historia

  • 2010-2012. Supported the fulfillment of the vision of Jake Swamp: the Peacemaker, Headwaters of the Mississippi river, hosted by the Ojibwe. 
  • 2012. Talks began to look closer to the notions of the New Dawn, Indigenous Calendars, Original Principles, and the protection of Sacred Sites and the connections between them.
  • 2013. First Timekeepers meeting was held by in Hopi in Hotevilla, Arizona.
  • 2013-2015. Document research on original Mesoamerican calendars and knowledge dialogues with Yucatek-speaking students from universities in Yucatan and Quintana Roo.
  • 2015. Second Timekeepers meeting was held in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • 2016-2017. Writing of scripts for two films.
  • 2016-2017. Preparation of an animated promotional video about the research line on original Timekeeping in Mesoamerica.
  • 2016-2018. Onsite research in Maya communities in Southern Mexico (the Yucatan Peninsula, especially Felipe Carrillo Puerto in Quintana Roo and communities surrounding Valladolid) and Guatemala (Tecpán, communities around Lago Atitlán, and Cubulco, Baja Verapaz) about timekeeping.
  • 2016-2020. Visit to traditional authorities and sacred sites that are visited on dates that are marked on the original calendars.
  • 2019. Research Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of the government of Canada, with leading researcher Jennifer Wemigwans.
  • 2020. National Science Foundation Grant, with leading researchers Mark Palmer and Joanna M. Hearne, from Missouri University.

Overarching goal

To create a network of specific programs that will reinforce Indigenous ways of life and their associated teachings through alternative forms of organization, leadership, cosmovision, and practices based on the philosophy of sacred time-space and cycles.