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.: “Understanding Indigenous Mexico through the Maya and Aztec Codices” Adult Education Class

October 4, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - October 18, 2022 @ 8:30 pm

Old Pueblo Archaeology Center will be sponsoring a two-session online adult education class, “Understanding Indigenous Mexico through the Maya and Aztec Codices,” to be taught by ethnohistorian Michael M. Brescia, Ph.D. These two classes will be held online on Tuesday, October 4 and Tuesday, October 18, 2022 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (ARIZONA/Mountain Standard Time, same as Pacific Daylight Time). There is a requested $50 donation ($40 for members of Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Friends of Pueblo Grande Museum).

Mesoamerican codices are documents created by Maya, Aztec, and other Indigenous peoples of Mexico and Central America before and after the Spanish conquest. The codex tradition provided Indigenous peoples with a voice amid the dramatic changes that were taking place all around them. In this Old Pueblo course, Arizona State Museum ethnohistorian Dr. Michael Brescia examines the manuscript culture of ancient Mexico and what the codices reveal about the political, economic, social, and cultural rhythms of daily life for the Maya and Aztec societies of Mesoamerica. He will tease out multiple dimensions of pre-Columbian Maya society as manifested in codices such as the Dresden Codex and the Grolier Codex, the latter having only been authenticated by scholars in 2018.  He will discuss links between the Maya codices and scholarly efforts to crack the so-called Maya code (a hieroglyphic writing system), and the changes and continuities in Aztec (Mexica) society that are revealed in several codices and writings produced just before and right after the Spanish conquest of the Aztec confederation in 1521.

Donations are due 10 days after reservation request or by 5 p.m. Tuesday September 27, whichever is earlier. To register or for more information contact Old Pueblo at 520-798-1201 or info@oldpueblo.org.

Caption: A page from Codex Borgia, ca. 16th century, central Mexico, illustration courtesy of the Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona.

Flyer: 20221004-1018(v1)_MichaelBrescia_UnderstandingIndigenousMexicoThroughTheCodicesCourse


October 4, 2022 @ 6:30 pm
October 18, 2022 @ 8:30 pm
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