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[QUOTE]Originally posted by NaturalResources: [QB] [b]The Story of Maps: Mesoamerica in North America[/b] By Roberto Rodriguez & Patrisia Gonzales [QUOTE]Our investigation of historic and ancient maps of the continent began several years ago, when counselor/instructor Frank Gutierrez at East L.A. College passed on to us a small section of the 1847 Disturnell Map (1)). We initially did not ask him where he obtained it, though later, when we decided to investigate, he told us that a Hopi elder, Thomas Banyacya (2), had passed it on to him a generation ago at a gathering where native peoples were examining the importance of the Treaty of Guadalupe to native peoples of the continent. The map contained a type-written note on the map highlighting two sites. One notes that the "Moquis (Hopi) have been independent since 1680." (3) The other one points to the "Antigua Residencia de los Aztecas" or ancient homeland/residence of the Aztecs -- located north of the Hopi. (4) The map intimated -- in a typewritten note -- that this location was in Arizona. There is much history regarding both these citations, the history of that map and the events of that gathering. For here, suffice to say that it led us on a journey, initially, simply to find out why an 1847 map maker would place such information on that map. This led us to begin to look for and eventually find older maps, chronicles and codices with the same or similar information.(5) Many people assumed that we were looking for Aztlan, "the legendary home of the Aztecs," (6) though truthfully, we were not. What we were intent on doing is a research investigation, thus, we could not begin with a conclusion. What we were simply and initially looking for was an explanation as to why the Aztec notation appeared on the map. In reality, there are three notations on the map that allude to a southward migration. (7) This search, which took us to many of the sites on these maps, actually led us to a broader origins/migrations search of Uto-Azteca or Uto-Nahuatl peoples. (8) It later even included a broader origins/migrations search (connections) of peoples from Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central and South America -- from Alaska to Chile.[/QUOTE]... [QUOTE]* Many explorers/chroniclers who lived or passed through present-day northern Mexico or the present-day U.S. Southwest were pointed northwards toward a lake as the point of origin of many Nahuatl-speaking peoples. The lake that shows up in many of the early maps, as the point of origin appears to be Salt Lake. (The 1804 Humboldt Map, The 1768 Alzate Map & The 1729 Barreiro Map all point to what is today Salt Lake -- or possibly Utah Lake). Most codices (Tira de Peregrinacion, Codex Aubin) appear to depict an island within a lake. Historically, this lake has been known by various names, including Copala, Teguayo, Timpanogo and several others. (Most codices also depict a migration coming from seven caves -- interpreted by many to signify seven nations or lineages.)[/QUOTE]Full Text: http://www.chavez.ucla.edu/Aztlanahuac/About%20the%20Aztlanahuac%20exhibit.htm [/QB][/QUOTE]
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