The next Illinois Valley Archaeological Society (IVAS) lecture will be Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. and will feature Dr. Jonathan Reyman, Curator of Anthropology at the Illinois State Museum, presenting The End of Time: Maya, Aztec, Pawnee, and Pueblo Views of the “End of the World.” The monthly program is held at the Illinois State Museum—Dickson Mounds auditorium.
News media reports about the so-called Maya “prediction” of the end of the world in 2012 fail to note that many Native American peoples, and peoples elsewhere in the world, have a cyclical view of time in which a cycle of time ends and a new one begins. For example, the Hopi in Arizona are now in their Fourth World. The Maya did predict the end of a time cycle in roughly 2012, but it was to be followed by the start of another 5,000-year cycle, not the end of time itself. This presentation will focus on cosmology and cyclical time for four Native American groups.
IVAS programs are free of charge and the public is welcome. For more information call 309.547.3721.