Library of Congress Webinar on Ancient Mesoamerican Manuscripts

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From: Hessler, John W <
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2018 9:01 AM
Subject: Discover the Library of Congress' Ancient Mesoamerican Manuscripts w/ curator, John Hessler


Colleagues, Linguists and Mesoamerican enthusiasts,

The Library of Congress in Washington, DC holds three of the fewer than 100 surviving Mesoamerican pictorial manuscripts that have survived the ravages of time and that predate 1600: the Huexotzinco Codex (1531), the Oztoticpac Lands Map (1540) and the newly acquired Codex Quetzalecatzin (1570–93).

On three Wednesdays this spring, starting on March 14, John Hessler of the Library’s Geography and Map Division will host live webinars and podcasts exploring the subject matter and construction of these rare indigenous manuscripts, illuminating ways in which they reflect the daily lives of the Nahua people who created them and the cultural, political and economic negotations between the Nahua and their Spanish colonial administrators. Hessler is curator of the Library’s Jay I. Kislak Collection of the Archaeology and History of the Early Americas. He also teaches seminars in the History and Construction of the Mesoamerican Codex, 600-1550 at the prestigious Rare Book School at the University of Virginia,​. 

Registration is required, but participation is free to anyone interested. To register, click on the links provided in the descriptions of the codices from the link below. The Library will record each session for future viewing on its YouTube site.

For more info on how to participate and on the codices that will de discussed go to: