Category Art

#NativeAmerican Influence in the History of the #Blues | #indigenous #culture

Blog note: Very interesting question raised by the author Joe Gioia –in his new book The Guitar and the New World– re: Native American influence on the Blues. You have to read the entire excerpt (see link below) to really appreciate what he’s arguing.–Tlak “The question of North America’s original, or indigenous, inhabitants hardly ever […]

Mission Cartoonists Share Work at Latino #Comics Expo | Mission Loc@l | #mesoamerica #Zotz

Another artist who his showing work at this weekend’s Expo is Mission native Daniel Parada. From his family home on 24th Street, Parada is currently working on the second issue of his series “Zotz,” a story set in a fictionalized 16th century Mesoamerica in which the Spaniards never fully prevail. Parada, 22, spent two years […]

Pinche rata

Pinche rata

DANCING AMOXTLI — By Verónica Valadez (MA thesis, 2012)

Link: WHOLETHESIS.pdf (application/pdf Object). Master of Arts in Chicana and Chicano Studies [thesis] DANCING AMOXTLI: RESISTANCE THROUGH DANZA AZTECA AND INDIGENOUS BODY ART By Verónica Valadez (2012) ABSTRACT This body of work explores present-day manifestations of Danza Azteca and Mesoamerican body art, and their connection to the development of Chicana/o indigenous identities and resistance against […]

2013 Maya Meetings held at UT: New temples, fire glyphs and legends | The Daily Texan

The five-day Maya Meetings returned to Austin after being held in Guatemala last year, attracting scholars and enthusiasts of Maya culture from around the world to present their latest research and discoveries regarding Mayan architecture, cosmology and culture. Some of the temples shown by researchers had not been seen by an audience in centuries. The […]

Opening reception will be held for McAllen Library art exhibit ‘MEXICA’ | library, home, mcallen – TheMonitor.com

Opening reception will be held for McAllen Library art exhibit ‘MEXICA’ | library, home, mcallen – TheMonitor.com. Interesting artistic take on the so-called Aztec gods as Superheroes..

The Cristeros: Are Movies Fact?

(this film is yet another example of how non-Chicano/Mexicanos play the leading role(s) on films about Chicano/Mexicanos–see previous post on this.) The Cristeros: Are Movies Fact? By Rodolfo F. Acuña 28 May 2012 Since the trailers appeared “For Greater Glory” – a movie about the Mexican Cristero Movement of the 1920s – I have been […]

Qué quiere Austria a cambio de prestar el penacho de Moctezuma

Qué quiere Austria a cambio de prestar el penacho de Moctezuma

Conscientes de la obsesión de los mexicanos por tener de regreso el penacho, las autoridades austriacas han solicitado a cambio dos reliquias prestadas: el carruaje de oro puro del emperador Maximiliano I de México, que es la pieza emblemática del Castillo de Chapultepec, y el escudo ceremonial prehispánico azteca “Chimalli”, hecho con piel de jaguar y decorado con plumas de pericos, cardenal rojo, cotinga azul y pato.

La obra de arte de 70 centímetros de diámetro y dos kilogramos de peso tiene como motivo cuatro medias lunas y le cuelgan decenas de listones de ixtle que terminan en plumas preciosas. El arqueólogo Felipe Solís, ex director del Museo Nacional de Antropología, la arqueóloga Laura Filloy y la investigadora Lourdes Navarijo calificaron la pieza como “un excepcional mosaico de plumaria azteca: el tapacáliz del Museo Nacional de Antropología”, y afirmaron que “es uno de los dos únicos objetos plumarios prehispánicos que aún existen en México”.

Las dos piezas que nos piden son genuinos tesoros históricos de gran valor, integridad y autenticidad; mientras que el quetzalapanecáyotl apenas conserva algunos de sus materiales originales, no fue utilizado por Moctezuma y quizá ni siquiera sea un penacho.

Eduardo Matos: Fin del mundo maya, mito y exageración

Eduardo Matos: Fin del mundo maya, mito y exageración

Los Angeles.- El presunto fin del mundo vaticinado por algunos estudiosos de los Mayas, es solo un mito, una exageración y un contenido totalmente falso a una ligera lectura de esa cultura, afirmó el arqueólogo Eduardo Matos Moctezuma.

“Ni se va a acabar el mundo como se ha especulado para diciembre, ni nada de esas barbaridades”, sentenció Matos Moctezuma, quien participó este domingo en la II Feria del Libro en Español, en Los Angeles.

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Ballplayer Statue Suggests Sports Were Big in Ancient Mexico

Link: Ballplayer Statue Suggests Sports Were Big in Ancient Mexico

Sports may have been all the rage for ancient Mesoamericans, scientists say after discovering a portion of a figurine of an athlete near Oaxaca, Mexico.

The figure indicates the activity known as “the ballgame” was even more widespread than thought in Mesoamerica, which extended from central Mexico to Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

The partial figurine shows about 2 inches (5 centimeters) of a male ballplayer’s chest. The head and legs have been broken off. It seems to be wearing a ballgame costume, including a wide belt covering the abdomen and an elaborate mirrored collar like those worn by other examples of ballplayers known from other areas of Mesoamerica.

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