Exploring the Aztec feast of Tepeilwitl

The twelfth month of the traditional Mexika calendar system is known as Tepeilwitl, “the Feast of the Mountains.” It is believed that the Teteoh known as Tlalok, along with his helpers the Tlalokeh reside within the mountains and misty caves that dot the Mexican landscape. Tlalok and the Tlalokeh are responsible for the rain and … More Exploring the Aztec feast of Tepeilwitl

Does a symbol for “Teotl” exist in the codices?

[ Kurly Tlapoyawa ] In my book Our Slippery Earth: Nawa Philosophy in the Modern Age, I discuss the concept of Teotl and how it relates to the Mesoamerican philosophical worldview of “Nepantlakayotl.” As a result, I am often asked if a symbol for Teotl exists in any of the surviving Mesoamerican codices, whether pre-Kuauhtemok … More Does a symbol for “Teotl” exist in the codices?

Invented Words: The Declaration of Kuauhtemok

[ Kurly Tlapoyawa ] Kurly Tlapoyawa originally presented this lecture at the 2017 Northeastern Group of Nahuatl Scholars conference at Yale University. [Update 2/18/2019: edited for clarity and minor grammatical errors.] The years following the Mexican revolution saw an upsurge in a form of nationalism characterized by the exaltation of Mexico’s indigenous past. As a … More Invented Words: The Declaration of Kuauhtemok

68 different ways to say “Corn” in Indigenous Mexican languages.

[ Kurly Tlapoyawa ] Corn is one of the great contributions made by Mesoamerican civilizations to the world. Modified and manipulated by the hands of our indigenous ancestors, it remains a pivotal part of Chicano-Mexicano identity. Here are 68 different ways you can say “corn” in Indigenous Mexican languages! Sunuko /Tarahumara (Chihuahua) Os /Huave (Oaxaca) … More 68 different ways to say “Corn” in Indigenous Mexican languages.