Aztecs and Mayans


Within modern imaginaries, Aztecs and Mayans become seen as those who engaged in brutal sacrifice and cannibalism atop their great temples. In order to question this pornographic assumption, this course examines the sources--art available at the Nasher Museum and many visual sources and written texts from the times of the Classic Maya civilization through today. We will collectively think about the ways in which these peoples have lived their lives and responded to the challenges of colonialism and globalization. Students should expect a hands on course as they will examine everything from ancient pottery to weapons, paintings, photographs, films, and written documents.
Curriculum Codes
  • CCI
  • EI
  • R
  • ALP
  • CZ
Cross-Listed As
  • HISTORY 370
Typically Offered
Fall Only