Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Maya Opinions on 2012

Itz’aat: Sage, wise person

People from all over the world, both experts and non-experts, have expressed their opinions on the meaning of the year 2012 in the context of the Maya calendar. Hear the voices of Maya people as they share their thoughts regarding the end of the 13 baktun cycle that spans from August 11, 3114 BCE to December 21, 2012.

Surely today we are living during a moment of enlightenment for the Maya people. Many Maya are becoming aware of the importance of our past and are incorporating new understandings. Many are taking heed of the 2012 calendar recurrence as a landmark in time.” Alonso Méndez, Tzeltal Maya, Cultural Astronomer