Dr. Lisa Lucero presents a cosmology quite different from our Western one, especially because the Maya worldview privileges the entirety of the world in which they lived. She will show how such a view promoted biodiversity and conservation based on how the Classic Maya (c. 250-850 CE) interacted with their environment. This cosmology is illustrated through a discussion of how the Maya engaged with the 25 pools of Cara Blanca, Belize. The Maya considered openings in the earth, such as caves and bodies of water, as portals to the Otherworld, through which they could communicate with gods and ancestors, a practice manifested in offerings. This lecture is presented by the Archaeological Institute of America—Toledo Society and the Toledo Museum of Art.