I would be happy to post bibliographies of any other indigenous community, too.
The more common self-referent, by the way, is "Mexica," rather than "Aztec." Mexico and Mexicans get their name from the Nahuatl-speaking Mexica. And Nahuatl, like the Mexica people, is a language that is very much alive today. From a September 11, 2018 post to this blog:
According to Mexico's census bureau, Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas y Geografía (INEGI), in 2015, 25,694,928 people in Mexico, or 21.5% of Mexico's population, self-identified as indigenous, with well over 1.5 million speakers of Nahuatl, the language of the Mexicas, alone.Increasing numbers today live in the U.S., as well. It's really neat to read and learn about how very much our ancestors valued education; they read poetry and studied the classics of their own time. They had schools and universities, even as parents and families, alongside communities (kalpullis, meaning coalitions of houses), always were recognized as their children's first teacher. Respecting parents and elders and living a disciplined life and working hard and giving back to the community were core, fundamental values that helped you to live a good life and live peacefully in community and society,.
I have actually posted a number of items on Nahuatl and the Mexica to my blog over the years that you can peruse yourself here. It's fun for me to re-read these items and to appreciate anew the value of having a blog. 😊
As we study, develop curriculum, engage in culturally relevant and sustaining pedagogies, and otherwise reconnect to our roots on this continent as the descendants of native peoples, such sources aid in the recovery of that history, knowledge, and culture that not surprisingly, resonate strongly with these same values to which we adhere today.
Moreover, this process of recovery is so incredibly redemptive and healing of ourselves as individuals, communities, and of the planet, our Earth Mother.
We all need to build up our own personal libraries and secure these and other readings that intellectually stimulate our imaginations and deepen our sense of relatedness and being.
Many thanks again to Dorinda Moreno, for making this available.
|Mexica or Aztec Teacher with his students. Source:|