María Pavez develops educational materials that
teach young children about indigenous peoples. She works for Editorial
Amanuta, an imprint in Santiago, Chile, where she has edited and
contributed stories to a series of 18 illustrated children's books
about indigenous communities. She is an educational consultant
for museums, and produced the animation Popul Vuh: The Quiché
Maya Creation Myth for the exposition "México:
del Cuerpo al Cosmos" of the Centro Cultural Palacio la Moneda
in Santiago, Chile. An interactive Web project she created for
the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino in Santiago, Chile may
be viewed at www.precolombino.cl/precoinfantil/.
She was a consultant on the 2001 exhibition "Cuentos de Animales"
at the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and wrote the accompanying
children's book published by the museum. Pavez received her MA
in archaeology from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
She lives in Santiago.
"My work is especially focused on extending to children
themes related to the past and present indigenous people of the
Americas. Through the stories, myth and legends I seek to captivate
children so that they may come to know and appreciate the beliefs,
customs, and lifeways of indigenous peoples. I believe that the
children of today are the ones that will be able to ensure that
in the future the indigenous communities are valued and respected."
Screened by NMAI
Image credit: Ana
María Pávez - courtesy of the filmmaker