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- DescriptionNahuatl-speaking women and men left last wills in their own tongue during an era when the written tradition of their language was generally assumed to have ended. Describing their world in testaments clustered around epidemic cycles, they responded to profound changes in population, land use, and local governance with astonishing vibrancy. The Aztecs at Independence offers the first internal ethgraphic view of these central Mexican indigeus communities in the critical transitional time of Independence. Miriam Melton-Villanueva uses previously unkwn Nahuatl-language sources-primarily last wills and testaments-to provide a comprehensive understanding of indigeus societies during the transition from colonial to postcolonial times. The book describes the cultural life of people w called Nahuas or Mexicas in the nineteenth century-based on their own words, their own written records. The book uses previously unkwn, unstudied, and untranslated indigeus texts to bring Nahua society into history, fleshing out glimpses of daily life in the early nineteenth century. Thus, The Aztecs at Independence describes life at the most local level: Nahua lineages of ritual and writing, guilds and societies, the people that take turns administering festivals and attending to the last wishes of the dying. Interwoven with personal stories and memory, The Aztecs at Independence invites a general audience along on a scholarly journey, where readers are asked to imagine Nahua concepts and their contemporary meanings that give light to modern problems.
- Author BiographyMiriam Melton-Villanueva is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She was a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA.
- Author(s)Miriam Melton-Villanueva
- PublisherUniversity of Arizona Press
- Date of Publication30/12/2016
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationTucson
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Arizona Press
- Content Note33 halftones, 3 tables
- Weight499 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine23 mm
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