Tag: pre-columbian

New York, New York: The City of Immigrants on Stolen Land

Known in Lenape time as Manaháhtaan on a river called Muhheakantuck, part of the ancestral domain of the Lenape-speaking peoples that inhabited the Lenapehoking. Today this territory stretches from Virginia to New England and Manhattan now is a borough within New York City that…

Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas, Part 7

El Salvador El Salvador lies on the Pacific coast and is the smallest of the Central American countries. Most of the country rests on a fertile volcanic plateau. The development of coffee estates led to the slow but continuous dissolution of most of the…

Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas, Part 6

Honduras In the western corner of Honduras live the 51,000 strong Ch’orti’ Maya people, cousins of the Cholán Mayans in the Guatemalan lowlands who were responsible for many of the city states like Tikal that the Mayans are famous for. The once mighty Copán…

Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas, Part 4

Guatemala The territory of modern Guatemala once formed the core of the Maya civilization of the highlands. Most of the country was conquered by the Spanish in the 16th century, becoming part of the vice royalty of New Spain. Guatemala attained independence in 1821 as part of the Federal…

Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas, Part 3

Mexico (Chiapas) Inhabited mostly by a majority Maya populations of the closely related Tzotzil and Tzeltal ethnic groups in the highlands, the Chol of the forests in the north who inhabited the whole Usumacinta River valley in the Mayan Classic period, the Toholabal and…

Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas, Part 2

Mexico (Yucatán Peninsula) The Mayans in the Yucatán Peninsula call themselves simply Maya. Anthropologists and linguists call their language Yucatec Maya. People of Maya ancestry are about 3 million in the Peninsula but only about 1.2 million speak to varying degree the Maya language….

Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas, Part 1

This is the first part of what will become a seven part series about the modern day Maya peoples in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras. Since the arrival of Spanish conquistadors to their lands from the 16th century onward, they have had…

Huēyi Teōcalli (Templo Mayor)

Mexico, Mexico. 3. May, 2017. One must have an active imagination and previous knowledge of the Aztec (Mexica) capital Tenochtitlán, to recreate in the mind how it’s major temple complexe, Huēyi Teōcalli, called Templo Mayor today, must have looked like in pre-Hispanic times. With…

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