This online event showcases an ongoing project in which a group of Indigenous archaeologists from different parts of Mesoamerica are using their own contemporary Indigenous languages, as well as their academic knowledge, to create new interpretations of pictorial manuscripts and glyphic inscriptions from the British Museum’s collection.
Our project underlines the importance of including descendent communities in studies of their heritage as well as the need for decolonising museums through collaborative work.
The lectures will be in Indigenous languages, Spanish and English, in order to reach new audiences in Mexico and Central America and will also platform non-academic specialists to broaden appreciation for other knowledge systems.
Alongside academic talks, the event programme will comprise artistic representations such as film, theatre, fashion, and poetry.
June 21-25, 2021– 500 years since the conquest of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan by Spain. The 21st of June is the birthday of Lord Eight Deer Jaguar Claw, a prominent Indigenous ruler from the Mixtec region and the protagonist of the Tonindeye (Zouche-Nuttall) Codex.
15:00 – 18:00 BST
This bilingual multi-day event is aimed at a general public based in Europe and America. Indigenous language participants will translate their contributions in these languages into Spanish simultaneously.