Week One

The FAMSI website, a great resource for any and all things Mesoamerican.
I especially recommend John Pohl's brief summary of Mesoamerican history.

Archaeoastronomer Anthony Aveni
on the appeal of the Maya in that transformative year.

One of the very few timelines that includes the ancient Americas comes from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Janine Gasco is an ethnohistorian working on the southern Pacific Coast,
where much of ancient Mesoamerica's cacao came from. Ethnohistory combines archaeology, linguistics, anthropology, and history to explore the Native American past.

Some recent research on earliest origins of indigenous Americans, on the Beringian crossing , multiple migrations, and the oldest archaeological site in the Americas thus far: Monte Verde, way down in Chile.


Week Two

The Mesoamerican ball game from the unexcavated ball court at Piedras Negras, a Classic Maya site. (The narrator is archaeologist/epigrapher Stephen Houston, mentioned in the Coe reading

Blessing of the siembra in Tlachichilco, and the Fiesta de Elote in Chalingo, 2014.

Mark van Stone on Maya and other Mesoamerican sacrifice.

The latest news from Teotihuacan : liquid mercury pools and royal tombs.


Week Three

A spectacular find: a "lost" Postclassic city in Honduras

Does it matter that Mel Gibson's Apocalypto conflated the Classic Maya with the Postclassic Aztecs?

The Templo Mayor Museum is run by Mexico's renowned National Institute for Anthropology and History


Week Four


Week Five

Be getting ready to volunteer for a part in our production of the Coloquio on the Virgen of Guadalupe! Come to class Thursday with several options, in case you don't get your first choice.

Mexico's early colonial churches

Controversy over the canonization of Franciscan evangelist of California,
Junipero Serra

Filipinos are a part of Mexican history!!
From the Spanish invasion of the islands in 1571 to the farmworker strikes of Filipino and Mexican immigrants in Southern California in the 1960s-80s.

The casta paintings of 18c Mexico

Mexico's African heritage, photographed by a U.S. anthropologist who has worked with Afromestizo communities on the southern Pacific coast. Here is his Flickr album.


Week Six

We meet all this week in Straz Tower 295
Come early if possible!

The Basilica of St. Mary of Guadalupe in Mexico City

Wishing her a happy birthday in 2007

A mural/fountain for the Virgen in San Antonio, TX

It is really hard to find the entire Virgen de Guadalupe series by Chicana artist Yolanda López on the internet!


Week Seven

We meet Tuesday in Straz Tower 295. On Thursday, we're back in the regular classroom.

On Tuesday, we will start immediately with Act I so come to class as early as you can to help set up and be ready. I will be there twenty minutes prior. Those who are able should plan to help clean up afterwards, and thank you.

On Thursday, we'll discuss the play and Taylor article and prepare for Quiz #2.
Be thinking about the most important things the Coloquio reveals about colonial society.


Week Eight

At the unlikely risk of devolving into nostalgia for my 7th-grade Texas History class ... YouTube offerings on the War of Texas Independence (okay, I can't completely shake it) and La invasión norteamericana.

Johnny Cash sings "Remember The Alamo"
John Wayne talks about The Alamo

The official annual commemoration of the Battle of Chapultepec
Gustavo Arellano's take on the "reconquista" of the American Southwest


Week Nine

All you ever wanted to know about Santa Anna's peg leg and Cerro Gordo IL
La cocinera poblana -- look for other historic cookbooks on Hathitrust.org



Week Ten

Postcards with images of the Mexican Revolution were common, especially along the Mexico-U.S. border. If you want one of your own, they go for about $100 from this European? seller on the internet.

The Olvera St. mural of David Siqueiros, called "América Tropical," was whitewashed over in 1932 (soon after its completion) by its patron for its U.S.-as-imperialist theme. Siqueiros's first outdoor mural, it was restored at its original site in Los Angeles in the late 1960s and again in the 2010s.

José Clemente Orozco painted at Dartmouth College


Week Eleven

How does this Pacific coast resort compare to Acapulco in the 1950s?

All the El Santo movies, and Mexican horror films with national and international movie posters plus clips

National Security archive, UNAM's chronology, and Radio Diaries show on the Tlatelolco massacre


Week Twelve

The music festival Avándaro in 1971 was Mexico's Woodstock.

Capitalizing on El Santo's fame, a university student made this short piece "El Santo y los burócratas" in 2005. The hero is the son of El Santo (equally as famous as his father), fighting against an experience familiar to all Mexicans: endless lines and capricious government employees. Compare the young bureaucrats in the student's satirical film with their cheerier counterpart in this very similar production by the government's non-partisan elections oversight board, promoting voter registration for the 2006 elections. (So similar, the student accused the government of plagiarism!).

In 2006, Mexico quietly released the long-promised report on its own "Dirty War" against student and others anti-government activists from the late '60s through the '80s.

Great aerial photos of Mexico City!! What a way to travel, huh.

Documents by and about the Zapatistas, and an interview with Subcomandante Marcos (you can link to parts 1 and 3 from here, too).

An interview with Carlos Salinas de Gortari in Spanish with Jorge Ramos of Univisión, and a longer one (also in Spanish) from the Grupo Reforma (parent company of the Mexico City daily Reforma). Carlos's brother Raúl was acquited on appeal of the murder of his brother-in-law in 2005.

Week Fourteen

Latinos in the U.S. meatpacking industry, from the Migration Policy Institute

John Bowe on Mexican and Guatemalan workers in Florida;
the Coalition of Immokalee Workers home page

One of my favorite Selena videos

Marine private Guy Gabaldon, the "pied piper of Saipan," a Mexican-American whose WWII story was told (without reference to his ethnicity) in the movie Hell to Eternity.

Marine lance corporal José Gutierrez, a Guatemalan immigrant and one of the first soldiers to die in Iraq.

Anyone remember swine flu??


Week Fifteen

The LA Times's series on Mexican drug trafficking of late, called "It's a War".

The Kerry Commission report headed in 1988 by senators John Kerry and Mitch McConnell, on feuding factions within the U.S. government's war on drugs.

The PBS news program Frontline summarizes the situation from a U.S. point of view at the time. Brown University students created a page on the Iran-Contra affair

For more up to date reporting, the National Security Archive is worth a look.

Paul Gootenburg on the historical development of cocaine

This background study for the Brookings Institute on the narcotics trade and worldwide counternarcotics initiatives is extremely informative, if a bit dated.