Encounters with the Americas

detail of ancient maya chocolate plate decorated with designs and glyphs.

Encounters with the Americas

Encounters with the Americas explores the Indigenous cultures of Latin America before and after 1492, when the first voyage of Christopher Columbus initiated dramatic worldwide changes. 

two men look at towering maya monument decorated with a face.

Encounters considers sixteenth-century Indigenous responses to military and religious missions, the introduction of new plants and animals, and the tragic toll of new diseases.

Exploring the unique, pre-1492 civilizations, exemplified by the Classic Maya and Postclassic Aztec, Encounters presents the continuing struggle of contemporary Maya, Panamanian Kuna, and Amazonian native groups to maintain their values and autonomy.

See a collection of objects from the exhibition

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue available from Peabody Museum Press..

maya plate for chocolate decorated with glyphs.

Top: detail of a Maya plate for chocolate from Holmul, Guatemala, ca. 800 CE, 11-06-20/C5666. See an interactive 3D model of the plate with translated Maya glyphs.