“Like almost everything else of the period, decoding the Mayan language was also part of the Cold War struggle, something Olson instinctively knew when he wrote to Creeley on March 22, 1951: “Racism has to be kept at the end of a stick.” Most Western scholars simply could not accept the fact that the Mayans were capable of creating such a complex visual orthographic alphabetical system.”

Getting Out of the Western Box: Dennis Tedlock’s The Olson Codex by Ammiel Alcalay