Ana María Pavez
Ana María Pavez develops educational materials that teach young children about indigenous peoples. She works for Editorial Amanuta, an imprint in Santiago, Chile, where she has edited and contributed stories to a series of 18 illustrated children’s books about indigenous communities. She is an educational consultant for museums, and produced the animation Popol Vuh: The Quiché Maya Creation Myth for the exposition “México: del Cuerpo al Cosmos” of the Centro Cultural Palacio la Moneda in Santiago, Chile.
She was a consultant on the 2001 exhibition “Cuentos de Animales” at the Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino, and wrote the accompanying children’s book published by the museum. Pavez received her MA in archaeology from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. She lives in Santiago.
“My work is especially focused on extending to children themes related to the past and present indigenous people of the Americas. Through the stories, myth and legends I seek to captivate children so that they may come to know and appreciate the beliefs, customs, and lifeways of indigenous peoples. I believe that the children of today are the ones that will be able to ensure that in the future the indigenous communities are valued and respected.”