Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Sport of Life and Death: The Mesoamerican Ballgame

The Sport of Life and Death: The Mesoamerican Ballgame. An online journey into the ancient spectacle of athletes and gods.

"An online educational companion to the traveling exhibition."
Explore World
  • Map and Timeline
    • Map Today
    • 1500 BC-1519 AD
  • Cultures
    • Olmec
    • Western Mexico
    • Teotihuacan
    • Maya
    • Veracruz
    • Toltec
    • Huastec
    • Aztec
  • Artwork
  • Ballgame
  • Site
Explore Game
  • The Ball
  • The Uniform
    • Yuguito
    • Yoke
    • Hacha
    • Palma
    • Manopla
    • See a parade of players
    • Learn about their team mascots
    • Visit the players' locker room
  • The Court
    • Walk Around a Court
    • Listen to an ancient Aztec Song
    • See a gallery of artwork from the courts
    • What can we learn from this ancient vessel?
  • The Game
    • Watch a game
    • How we play the game
    • What happened to the users?
    • Did women play?
Experience Game
  • Watch
    • Hear commentary
    • See more of this model
      • Side view
      • Top view
      • Spectators
      • Drummers
      • Players
  • Play
    • "Today you have a game against your rivals, the Deer. You can lead the Jaguars to victory through your knowledge of the Mesoamerican world. For every question you answer correctly, your team scores 1 point. Every time you miss a question, you drop the ball for your team and the Deer score a point. The First Team to 5 Points Wins!"
Experience Exhibit
Classroom Connections
  • Make a paper face mask
    • Visual arts, social studies, and math
    • Grades 3-5
  • Create a clay effigy vessel
    • Visual arts, social studies, language arts, and science
    • Grades 3-5
  • Craft headdress & costumes from paper
    • Visual arts and social studies
    • Grades 6-12
  • Mold clay ballgame figurines
    • Visual arts and social studies
    • Grades 3-12
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