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Middle American Research Institute


Founded in 1924, the Middle American Research Institute (M.A.R.I.) at Tulane University strives to promote greater understanding of the vibrant and diverse cultures of Middle America. It stewards an extensive collection of textiles, artifacts, and an archive of letters, field notes, maps, and photographs from the scores of field projects it has sponsored and continues to sponsor. We strive to make these accessible to researchers and the general public through a variety of exhibitions, workshops, and symposia.

Furthermore, M.A.R.I. continues to support anthropological, archaeological, ethnohistorical, linguistic, and ethnographic research projects throughout Mexico and Central America.


Intern moving object

Announcing our new publication:
Archaeological Reconnaissance in Eastern Campeche, Mexico
Find it in our online store!   

Student moving ceramic bird

Applications for Fall 2022
internships are closed 
For more information, visit our Get Involved web page .


 Restless Blood
New publication exposes the life and
work of one of M.A.R.I.'s directors!
  • Online Exhibit and Upcoming Events

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  • Tulane Maya Symposium Announcement

  • Online Exhibit; Ritual Hunting of the Xavante of Brazil

    Ritual Hunting of the Xavante of Brazil

    Ritual Hunting of the Xavante of Brazil

    The Middle American Research Institute is excited to announce that our new intern-designed photo exhibit is now available online! Each semester, M.A.R.I interns create an exhibit using images from the Institute's photographic collections which is displayed in the hallway outside the main gallery.
    Now you can view this exhibit from the comfort of your home at Ritual Hunting of the Xavante of Brazil .

    Xavante Leg Rattle Made with Cord, Peccary Hooves, and Multicolored Feathers
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    M.A.R.I. Brown Bags

    Brown Bag Events

    Brown bag events typically take place on Fridays around noon in Dinwiddie Hall 305. Brown Brown Bag Events invite guest speakers to host seminars at MARI on a wide variety of topics related to the archaeology, history, and ethnography of Mesoamerica and other world areas. Talks can be delivered in English or Spanish. Attendants are encouraged to bring lunch!
    Browse past and upcoming Brown Bag Events .

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