Category: Native Americans

Pre-Hispanic and Elusive Maya Blue Color

As described in an article By Devon Van Houten Maldonado17th August 2018. In the 1500s in Europe, Lapis lazuli was the only blue pigment used on paintings, majolica, tiles, textiles. It was incredibly expensive but also extremely laborious to make...

Native American Carmine Color

The third-most valuable export from Mexico to Spain, after gold and silver was Cochinille [“cactus blood” in Nahuatl] It is one of the most expensive pigments in the world; made from an insect [nocheztli in Nahuatl] that grows on a...

Columbus Day

Columbus Day

Columbus Day is one of the most controversial events in history. If you look at this image, you can see why. One day, “Columbus landed in what is now the Bahamas, and informed the the Arawak/Taíno people that from that...

Pre-Hispanic Native American Cultures

This is a subject that is very close to my heart, as a child I studied in school, and it’s many mysteries became an incentive to learn more. I have been to most of the ancient ruins in Mexico, and...

The Gift of Freedom – An Incan Story

A Gift of Freedom. Legend from the Mochica people of Peru. The tribe of the Caris invaded the land of the Aymara people and treated them as slaves. Choque the son of the last Aymara cacique, used to climb the...

The Foundation of Tenochtitlan – A Mexican Story

This year is the 700 anniversary of the founding of Tenochtitlan. Around the year 1325, a group of Mechicas began a pilgrimage South of “Aztlan,” their land of the seven caves. They were guided by their god Huitzilopochtli, who told...