Nahua Culture and History: Yesterday and Today

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˜Nahua Culture and History 

As a complement to our Nahuatl language information, here is our collection of indexed links about the Nahua tribe and their society. Please note that Nahuas and other American Indians are living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Nahua history is interesting and important, but the Nahua Indians are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary art as well as museum pieces, and issues and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Please contact us if you have a Nahua link to add. 

Nahua Lifestyle and Tradition

Azteca Net:
    Cultural information on indigenous Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the modern day. 
Nahua Peoples:
    Concise ethnography of the Nahua tribes. 
Aztec Head Dress:
    Photos and descriptions of Aztec feather headdresses. 
Aztec Corn Soup: 
    Traditional Nahua recipes. 

History of the Aztec Empire

Civilizations in America: The Mexica/Aztecs:
    Information and photographs on the ancient Aztec Empire 
Aztec Civilization:
    Overview of the ancient Aztecs. 
Aztec Legends:
    Collection of Aztec Indian legends and folktales. 
Aztec Religion:
    Online texts on Aztec ceremonies, myths, and religious traditions.. 
    Wikipedia article on Aztec history and culture. 

Books for sale on the Nahua Indians

Ethnic Identity in Nahua Mesoamerica:
    A comprehensive book on Nahua culture, art, ethnohistory, and spirituality. 
Transcending Conquest: Nahua Views of Spanish Colonial Mexico:
    Interesting book on Mexican history from the Nahua perspective. 
The Aztecs: Rise and Fall of an Empire:
    Historical overview of the Aztec Empire. 
Aztec Art:
    Beautifully illustrated coffee-table book of ancient Aztec artwork. 
Aztec Designs:
    Book of pre-Columbian Aztec symbols and art motifs. 
The Mythology of the Aztec and Maya:
    Encyclopedia of ancient Mesoamerican religion and mythology. 
Indian Books:
    Evolving list of books about Nahuas and Native Americans in general. 

Links, References, and Additional Information

   Wikipedia: Nahua Peoples * Nahua:
   Encyclopedia articles on the Nahua tribe. 
   Aztec Tribe: 
   Aztec links. 

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The Resisting Signifiers:
Levi-Strauss “Transformations” 

1.Mythic mother and son relation

          Mary: son sacrificed

    Tonatzon: son who murders her

2. Corn Mother

           Corn + Mother: all goddesses and common women doing the household cooking

3. Surem: a people “before” human “culture”

Story: Yomumuli and the Talking Tree:
Retelling the Prophecy in Two Versions

Yomululi: another female creator—her name means “enchanted bee”

At the talking tree, she divides the people by interpreting what the tree prophesizes about the coming of strange people. “All will be changed”:

                          Surem People


                       Yaqui/Surem Little People (animal helpers)

  Some Surem became ants, others became dolphins and fish-people. “The Surem who decided to stay in the village…believed Yumumuli and knew that life was a secret language to be learned-and bitter though it would be on the tongue, it was the language of humans.”

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