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The public is invited to join UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture for a Maya Festival from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, April 9.

Event attendees will experience examples of traditional Maya dress, dance, and music. They will have the chance to observe weaving techniques on the traditional Maya back strap loom; view examples of Maya weaving; see how tamales, an ancient Maya dish popular today, are made and sample homemade tamales and tortillas; and discover how cacao beans were turned into the famous chocolate drink and sample it for themselves.

The program is free and open to the public. Reservations are not necessary.

This festival is part of programming related to the museum’s current special exhibition, Maya: Lords of Time, which explores the Maya’s time-ordered universe through their intricate calendar system.

The McClung Museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free, and the museum’s hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. Free two-hour museum parking passes are available from the parking kiosk at the entrance to Circle Park Drive during the week. Free parking is available on the weekends. Free public transportation to the museum is available via the Knoxville Trolley Vol Line.

See the museum’s website for more information about family programming, parking, and collections and exhibits.


Debbie Woodiel (865-974-2144,

Leslie Chang-Jantz (865-974-2144,