To the Mountain! Story Book

Fajina Archaeology Outreach produced and published a trilingual (English, Spanish, Maya) children’s book called To the Mountain! to promote archaeological and cultural heritage among children in Belize.

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To the Mountain! follows two ancient Maya kids, Little Moon and Running Jaguar, on an adventure! There is a big construction project going on at the temple of the Clay Mountain Capital. They’ve got to see how it’s coming along! Join the kids as they trek through the jungle, over the river, and up the big white road to reach the capital!

To the Mountain! incorporates significant Maya plants, animals, and locations with an interactive Did You Spot It? game. The story centers on ancient Katyaatz Witz (or Katyaats’ Wits’) (Clay Mountain), today known as Xunantunich, near Succotz, Belize. Find more Archaeological Info, additional Translations in Spanish and Portuguese, and learn about our Supporters & Contributors. Here are some Links to other similar projects!

The story is co-authored by archaeologists Sylvia Batty, Rebecca Friedel, and Leah McCurdy. The book is illustrated by Frederic Wierum. Mrs. Cesiah Boryczka and students provided the Spanish translations and Mr. Fernando Tzib provided the Yucatec Maya translations.

*Copyright © 2016 by Sylvia Batty, Rebecca Friedel, & Leah McCurdy. All rights reserved. We encourage the use of this book in schools and other educational venues as per fair use guidelines! If you use the book in your school, classroom, or other venues, please let us know! We’d love to hear about it! Please note that the first printing of To the Mountain! contained an error in the representation of the Katyaatz Witz hieroglyph. That error has been fixed in this digital version.