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Early Books Lecture Series - “The Map of Cuauhtinchan No. 2"


<p>Along the road from Chicomoztoc to Cholula appears aseries of scenes describing transformation. (Detail) <em>The Mapade Cuauhtinchan No. 2</em> (obverse),16th C., Cuauhtinchan, Puebla. Polychrome painting on amatl (bark paper).</p>

Along the road from Chicomoztoc to Cholula appears aseries of scenes describing transformation. (Detail) The Mapade Cuauhtinchan No. 2 (obverse),16th C., Cuauhtinchan, Puebla. Polychrome painting on amatl (bark paper).

Date: April 16, 2013

Times: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location:   Special Collections

Contact: Bob Diaz

Description:

The Map of Cuauhtinchan No. 2: A Claim for Territorial Rights in 16th Century Mexico’s New World Order” with Jaime Fatás, Director, Spanish Translation and Interpretation Program, UA Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Special Collections owns copies of a recent bilingual edition of Cave, City, and Eagle's Nest: An Interpretive Journey Through the Mapa de Cuauhtinchan No. 2 / Cueva, ciudad y nido de águila: Una travesía interpretativa por el Mapa de Cuauhtinchan núm. 2. This book, published by New Mexico University Press in association with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University, represents the culmination of an international research project and series of conferences that focused on the Mapa de Cuauhtinchan.

The Mapa is an extraordinary document created in central Mexico a few decades after the fall of the Aztecs in the 16th century. The Mapa recently underwent extensive physical analysis, conservation, and a systematic photographic survey. This visually arresting book includes sixteen full-size sections, a nearly quarter-size facsimile of the Mapa, as well as over seven hundred images and symbols.

The illustrations are accompanied by fifteen essays by outstanding experts and scholars that interpret the Mapa’s complex making, purpose and narrative. The Mapa tells the mythical story of the emergence of the ancestors of the Aztec Mexicas and other Nahuatl-speaking peoples from Chicomoztoc (Place of Seven Caves) and their migration to the sacred city of Cholula. The book has provided original and fascinating insights into the social and ritual memory of an indigenous community struggling to maintain itself in the turbulent atmosphere of early colonial Mexico.

Professor Jaime Fatás Cabeza translated 8 of the 15 essays in the book into Spanish. He will present this bilingual landmark and comment about his experience as a translator.

Special Collections at the University of Arizona hosts the Early Books Lecture Series X, an annual lecture series where University of Arizona scholars explore the treasure trove of medieval texts held by the University Libraries. In this tenth year of the lecture series, professors of Classics, German Studies, and Spanish and Portuguese will give their audiences new insights into centuries-old historic texts. The evening lectures are scheduled for the first three Tuesdays in April and will be held in Special Collections.

The schedule for the tenth year of the Early Books Lecture Series is:

Lecture I: April 2, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
 “Golden Boughs: De luxe Early Virgil Manuscripts” with Cynthia White, Professor, UA Department of Classics

Lecture II: April 9, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The Golden Bull: Medieval Politics of the Highest Caliber in a Manuscript” with Albrecht Classen, Professor, UA Department of German Studies

Lecture III: April 16, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The Map of Cuauhtinchan No. 2: A Claim for Territorial Rights in 16th Century Mexico’s New World Order” with Jaime Fatás Cabeza, Director, Spanish Translation and Interpretation Program, UA Department of Spanish and Portuguese