Category Nikan Titlakah

AUGUST 13, 1521: AN AGE OF RUIN BEGINS | #Mexika #NikanTitlakah #Xicanism #decolonize

AUGUST 13, 1521: AN AGE OF RUIN BEGINS Today, August 13, marks the date that the Great Tenochtitlan succumbed to the convergence of forces against it in the year 1521. I say “succumbed” and “convergence of forces” because, contrary to the Hispano-centric narrative of this event, it was way more complicated than the usual regurgitated […]

“Motekuhzoma’s Headdress” reproduced in Mexico | #Azteca #Mexika #culture #history

MOCTEZUMA’S HEADDRESS, REPLICA FAITHFUL TO THE ORIGINAL Organización Editorial Mexicana July 13, 2015 [Editor’s note: Too bad that the supposed “Penacho de Motekuhzoma” was never an actual headdress ever worn by anyone, much less by the Tlahtoani himself. In fact, the original was a gift from Motekuhzoma to Cortez; was stolen by pirates; was gifted […]

ICYMI | Is “America” an Indigenous word? | #Mexika #indigenous #Xicanism #NikanTitlakah

My latest piece posted at mexikaresistance.com: America! The land and name have provoked a centuries-long debate and conversation over who gets credit for discovering it and who gets the honor of having it name after them. Whatever your thought on the matter, convention has it that the American continents are named after Amerigo Vespucci. This […]

#Mesoamerican ‘Fool’s Gold’ Mirrors Found in Arizona Reveal Ties to Ancient #Mexico

Archaeologists exploring the ties between ancient cultures in the Southwestern U.S. and central Mexico have turned their attention to some unusual artifacts excavated in Arizona: more than 50 mirrors encrusted with the brilliant mineral pyrite, crafted in distinctly Mesoamerican styles.The mirrors were originally unearthed in the 1930s and 1960s, during excavations of a major settlement […]

#INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND TWO-SPIRITED PEOPLE: OUR WORK IS DECOLONIZATION! | #decolonize #femenism #NikanTitlakah

Indigenous women and two-spirited* people are leading a resurgence movement in iyiniwi-ministik, the People’s Island.* They draw on their traditional roles as protectors of the land and water to inform their work in our communities, and root themselves in their specific socio-political orders to counter colonialism and to revitalize language and culture. Rather than being […]

Colonial remnants uncovered south of San Antonio | #indigenous #history #NikanTitlakah

SAN ANTONIO — The foundation of a small chapel that dates back to Texas’ colonial period was found during an archaeological dig just outside of San Antonio in Floresville. The excavation, led by David Nickels of Tierras Antiguas Archaeological Investigations, uncovered parts of what was part of the Flores Rancho located along the San Antonio […]

Native Americans Had a Precolonial Baby Boom | #Southwest #indigenous #NikanTitlakah

For hundreds of years, Native Americans in the southwestern United States had a prolonged baby boom — which would average out to each woman giving birth to more than six children, a new study finds. That baby streak, however, ended a little before the Spanish colonized the Americas.”Birthrates were as high, or even higher, than […]

Decoding Mexico’s City of Gods – Scientific American | #NikanTitlakah #indigenous #mexika

Sometime in the 14th century, the first Mexica found their way into the valley of Teotihuacán. The Mexica often incorrectly called Aztecs in modern times were new to the region. An aggressive, ambitious people from the north, they were fast becoming the dominant force in highland Mexico, conquering territory and setting up the powerful city […]

Tomgram: Todd Miller, The Creation of a Border Security State | TomDispatch #indigenous #decolonize #border

Tracking a Marked Population It was mid-day in the Arizona heat during the summer of 2012 and Border Patrol agent Benny Longoria (a pseudonym) and his partner are patrolling the reservation of the Tohono O’odham Nation. It’s the second largest Native American reservation in the country and, uniquely, shares 76 miles of border with Mexico. […]

Kuauhtemok of Ixkateopan? | #Mexikah #NikanTlakah #indigenous #culture

THE EMPEROR OF IXCATEOPAN: Fraud, Nationalism and Memory in Modern Mexico*  By Paul Gillingham Abstract. — The article linked below analyses the forgery and discovery of the purported tomb of Cuauhtemoc, the last Mexica emperor. An eclectic collection of contemporary sources outlines a subtle interplay between elites, cultural managers and peasants, who alternately collaborated and […]