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|Sacred Space Exhibition|
In September 2000, the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man presented a large-scale exhibition devoted to the cultures and cultural history of our nearest neighbors, Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. ISEM assembled a team of scholars, exhibition designers and other professionals to produce a pathbreaking exhibition, and educational program entitled Sacred Space: Man and the Divine in Mexico, Central America, and the Southwestern United States.
Throughout its long history, the peoples who have lived in and transformed its landscapes have created Sacred Spaces, set within the natural world and dedicated to the physical embodiment of the Divine. Whether sacred mountains, pyramids, ceremonial causeways, great assembly halls, ritual plazas, or living spaces for priests, these Sacred Spaces transform our perception of the world.
Why This Exhibit Is Important
The demography of Dallas, the Metroplex and, indeed, the entire Southwest represents the convergence of four distinct cultural groups (Hispanic, Anglo, Native American, and African American), as well as of growing numbers of persons from other ethnic origins. All of these cultural groups have been and continue to be impacted in a significant way by the cultures that originated in Mexico and adjacent regions over the last four millennia. And yet, seemingly, there is little awareness in the general public neither about this very important history nor about its impact in shaping our local culture.
The exhibition represents a unique opportunity to address this deficiency, a deficiency that is evident in the lack of knowledge of the general public and also in the curricula of most of the schools. In effect, little is being done to address this need. This exhibition marks an effort by ISEM to raise the awareness of both children and adults to this history that effects us all.
A bilingual educational CD-ROM was created for this exhibition to provide a resource for teachers and school children. Click here to access this comprehensive educational resource: Espacios Sagrados/Sacred Space: The History and Cultures of Mexico, Central America, and the Southwestern U.S.
You will find several chapters of text as well as classroom activities, and advanced essays -- all in both Spanish and English -- plus more than 150 beautiful color photographs in a virtual tour.
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