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FT-248934-16

Garry Sparks
George Mason University (Fairfax, VA 22030-4444)

Translating Kislak Manuscript 1015: A Priest’s Early Fieldnotes Among the Maya

A scholarly transcription, annotation, and translation of sections of a sixteenth-century Mayan manuscript.

This research project will consist of a critical, annotated, interlinear translation of Library of Congress Kislak Manuscript 1015 – an anonymous set of texts in K’iche’ Maya language. Particular attention will focus on, and thus lead to a polished English translation of, those few sections of Kislak 1015 that seem to date to 1552 and correspond to the later “Theology of the Indians,” which was originally written in K’iche’ Maya in 1553-4 by Spanish friar Domingo de Vico in Guatemala. This critical and comparative intertextual analysis will help to further identify this recently acquired document by the Library of Congress and prepare a planned exact reproduction of it for publication for the wider public. It will also add more detailed understanding of Kislak 1015 to an increasing body of current scholarship on the first documents written in Mayan languages by Catholic missionaries and highland Maya elites within the period of first contact of the early sixteenth century.

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Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Summer Stipends

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 7/31/2016