Ancient Mexican Painted Manuscripts: Indigenous Writing Before and After the Spanish Conquest.
Anth 4020/5020 (Section 002). Ancient Mexican Painted Manuscripts: Indigenous Writing Before and After the Spanish Conquest.
Fall 2012, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 AM-1:45 PM, HALE 240
Prof. Gerardo Gutiérrez
Hale 179; 303-786-1917; Gerardo.Gutierrez@colorado.edu
Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, or by appointment.
This class will focus on the study ancient writing systems from an archaeological and ethnohistorical point of view. We will study how ancient cultures have created enduring communication devices to make statements about issues that mattered to them, as well as to transmit information to contemporaneous or future recipients. Our case studies will be the ancient writing systems produced by Nahua groups in central and southern Mexico during both the Postclassic Period and under Spanish rule in the Colonial Period. However, we will address and follow the origins of writing in Mesoamerica among Epi-Olmec, Zapotec, Mixtec and other Otomanguean cultures. The goal of this class is to learn how to interpret ancient Mesoamerican painted manuscripts based on anthropological questions and theoretical frameworks.