Last edit September 17, 2008
Copyright © 2008 Olin Tezcatlipoca
Nican Tlaca is a term that the Mexica Movement coined in the first couple of years of the 21st century as term to identify all of the Indigenous people of the "Western Hemisphere" (what is called "North and South America").
Nican Tlaca is our Nahuatl (Mexica) language way of saying "We the people here", in reference to all of us who are Indigenous to Cemanahuac (what Europeans call "the Western Hemisphere") and more specific to Anahuac which is the northern part of Cemanahuac (which is falsely called "North America").
Nican Tlaca refers to all of the people of our Indigenous race in the "Western Hemisphere". We are not Indians or indios because those are the people of a nation called India. We are also not "Native American" because we are not related to Amerigo Vespucci (where the word "America" comes from), nor do we accept the concept of "Native" because it is always used in a derogatory manner. Notice how there are no "Native" Europeans. It is always a term that Europeans use to refer to their inferiors.
We felt that the terms "Indian", "Native", "Native American", "Red", "Brown", and all of the other terms that Europeans used to bundle us up as a people had built in Eurocentric and racist roots and problems. We did not want to be defined or named by Europeans.
The Nican Tlaca term is not meant to negate the equivalent in any of our other languages. We encourage all of our people to use the equivalent in whichever of our languages they may want to use it.
We are using this term because it is from one of our own languages that we are familiar with, and because our own people used this term in the 1500's as a way to point out to the Europeans our common origin in race and culture. We referred to the Europeans as all one people, one race, in addition to their nation in Europe. We referred to ourselves as "Nican Tlaca", meaning "We the people here", regardless of what city we were from or from what tribal area we were from, or what language we spoke. We knew that we were all one people.
We knew there were differences between our different languages, different civilizations, different cities, and different approaches such as those who lived in cities and towns and those who were tribal. But we knew by looking at each other that we were one people, brothers and sisters with a shared heritage and a shared racial unity.
This why we encourage our people to self-identify as Nican Tlaca, when referring to our race (including Full-blood and Mixed-blood).
We further encourage our people to self-identity as Mexica on a cultural basis as a point of unity in reconstructing our collective culture and our future collective society. We recommend this because most of us have lost the root and connection to our original civilization or our tribal culture.
Mexica (Meh-shee-kah) is the original Nahuatl (the so-called "Aztec" language) way of pronouncing Mexican, Mexicano, and Chicano and Chicana.
The Mexica civilization (incorrectly called "Aztec" by later European historians) was the last of our great Anahuac civilizations (1325 to 1521). Mexica is the only one of our cultures and civilizations which has enough surviving material (codex manuscripts, archaeology, ethnographic studies, linguistic compendiums, etc) from which we can fully reconstruct our Anahuac nation.
The Mexica were victims of an ethnocide that left no one today who can authentically call themselves Mexica, much like in Italy there is no one who can authentically call themselves Roman.
Therefore, the rest of us (the vast majority) who have lost all of our civilization identity and culture or tribal identity and culture, and even those of us who have a civilization or tribal identity, can and should embrace Mexica identity as a collective identity for all of us that we use in order to reconstruct our Anahuac nation and as a means of Liberation. (Note: The overwhelming majority of our people were not tribal, but urban: cities, towns, and villages).
Mexica does not negate Maya or Huichol or Comanche or Shoshone or any of our other Nican Tlaca (Indigenous) civilizations or cultures. Mexica is our point of unity and our means of reconstructing all of our nation.
We reject all racist and Eurocentric labels which artificially divide us and our lands (i.e. "Hispanic", "Latino", "immigrant", "illegal", "raza", "mestizo", etc.) Full-bloods and mixed-bloods...we are ONE people! We are ONE nation!
ANAHUAC REFERS TO the following European-descent controlled modern day colonial areas:
These artificial divisions of our land and our people are the result of the last 500 years of European colonialism, genocide, forced relocations, and other crimes. There are over 150 million of us in all of the segments of occupied Anahuac.
We have 40,000 to 50,000 years of being on this continent, our land, without Europeans. That is a longer time than the 2,000 to 2,200 years that the Slavic and Germanic tribes (Germans,
English, Dutch, Scandinavians, and French) have been in Europe (Slavic and Germanic tribes came out of central Asia).
We are all of one race, one culture, one origin, and of the one nation that was being born at the time of the European invasions: ANAHUAC!
The current colonized enslaved condition of our people does not forever define us as a people. This is not a permanent or final condition of our people. This has to be clearly understood!
We will change from being the ignorant slaves of the Europeans into an authentically free people, a people who are free from all of the controls of the Europeans.
In order to change our present colonized condition, our people need to be taught our true and complete Pre-European Anahuac history in a way that is positive and constructive.
We, as a race and as a nation, have been criminally, savagely, and unjustly enslaved by the Europeans into a poisonous sleep of death. Under this immoral spell, our nation has suffered the European terrorism of their smallpox biological warfare, the Genocide of 95% of our people, the theft of our land, and the almost total destruction of our heritage.
This series of European crimes have left us as a ruined people. These crimes have left us as an
impoverished people, and as incomplete human beings. Under Europeans, we have suffered their parasitic sucking of the blood of our nation's wealth, and the slow-motion mass murder of us as a people.
We must reconstruct our Anahuac nation in order to be liberated from the European occupation under which we are enslaved. We must declare ourselves as the Nican Tlaca race, using Mexica civilization, and the Anahuac nation as points of unity and points of liberation.