Radio Appearance: Humboldt Magazine, KHSU 90.5 FM Arcata, CA

 Sport in the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics.  The oldest ball game:  Ulama 

Friday, May 5  2017 at 1:00  PM   


Ball games such as baseball, football, and basketball are central to the United States sports market and our cultural identity– and yet the oldest ball game in the world predates the ancient Greek Olympic games –  and comes from Meso-America.  Ulama, as the game is referred to today, was played by the Olmec, Mayan and Aztec civilizations and originated almost 3600 years ago.  Ulama was a violent team sport ball-game played on a various sized courts where teams attempted to advance a ball over end lines or put it through an elevated ring using only their hips and thighs to advance the ball.  

Join Doc and Danielle today when we talk today about the history and cultural significance of Ulama– a game that was first introduced to the modern world on a mass scale in the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City and still can be seen today in certain parts of Mexico.  All this, and Ulama’s erie physical and cultural connection to a fascinating dystopian and prescient American film made over four decades ago about the cultural significance of violent sports in a future world of transnational corporations.



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