RECOMMENDED BOOKS

(Read in this order, please)

1 Daily Life of the Aztecs by Jacques Soustelle

     Start with this book.  This is the book that tells you of all of the beauty that was Tenochtitlan and Mexica society in 1519.

     In this book you will read about the origins of the Mexica as a tribal people from the north, and then of their quick ascent to being the people at the head of one of the largest cities in the history of the world. 

     Here in this book you will read about the accomplishments of the Mexica.  You will learn how Mexica society was collective and scientific.  You will be amazed that we were a people of books, schools, universities, artists, poets, philosophers, doctors, judges, lawyers, and a thoroughly educated population.  We were a people of artistic and philosophical genius.  The Mexica have made a name in the history of humanity that is not inferior to any European culture.  Forget the lies.  Learn the truth.

     Once you get over the false impressions that we have all been fed about human sacrifice and the false accusations of savage behavior, you can see the full beauty and genius of what was once the largest city in the "Western Hemisphere".  This was a city that Jacques Soustelle says was about a million people, which would have made it the largest city in the world.  Other books say that the population was only 350,000 people, which would still make it larger than any city in Europe of that time.

     Read this book to find the beauty of who we are as a people, as a nation.  What we were is what we can be.  This book will inspire you to regain your heritage.

     Get over the lies about our heritage.  Learn the truth from this book and the other books that we recommend on this list.

2 Aztecs by Nigel Davies

This book reads like a novel.  It's easier to read than DAILY LIFE OF THE AZTECS but it doesn't give you as much detail.  But this is an excellent book that tells you the story of the Mexica and the rulers of the Mexica.

3 Mexico by Michael Coe

This book tells you of all of the civilizations of Anahuac.  You read of everything from the Olmecs to the Mexica.  There is a separate book that covers the Maya, also by Michael Coe.

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4 Mexico Profundo by Guillermo Bonfil Batalla

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5 American Holocaust by David E. Stannard

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6 Anahuac Book by Olin Tezcatlipoca

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7 1491 by Charles Mann

       1491  will challenge you to look at this continent, this land, and the whole world with new eyes. This well documented book presents fact after fact that will get you to rethink everything that you have been taught about “the Americas” and European colonization.

       For our people this book documents the beauty of our civilizations in all their magnificence and gives the proof of the lies when Europeans said that we were savages and that our land was empty.

       The book explains how in 1491 this pair of continents that are falsely called North and South America were nothing like what we were taught in school. There were many cities here that were larger than any city of Europe. The Mexica people of the city of Tenochtitlan, the capital of the so-called Aztecs, lived in a city of 350,000 inhabitants. This was larger than London, which was Europe's largest city with 80,000 inhabitants. The Mexica were the first people in the history of humanity to have mandatory education for people in all ranks of society.  The people of Anahuac ("North America") developed great inventions, contributed to the knowledge of medicine, astronomy, city building, architecture, art, theology, and many other sciences and arts.
        The Mexica, Maya, Inca and other civilizations were a world of great studies in the calendar, mathematics, engineering, and countless other accomplishments. This continent had a totally different and beautiful view of the world that now seems like something out of science fiction or fantasy, but it was real.
       1491 explains how this continent was conquered more by biological warfare, by smallpox and other diseases, than through anything to do with the canons, armor, steel, horses, or military genius that we were all taught.  Europeans were definitely not superior to us in any way, other than as liars, killers, thieves, rapists, slavers, pirates, unethical/immoral culture, and a criminal nature to all of their dealings with us.
        This will be a great addition to books like Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States, James Loewen's Lies My Teacher Told Me, David Stannard's American Holocaust, and James Blaut's Colonizer's Model of the World.

Olin Tezcatlipoca

November 4, 2005

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8 Year 501 by Noam Chomsky

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9 Colonizer's Model of the World by J.M. Blaut

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10 Mexica Handbook by Olin Tezcatlipoca

11Mexico's Indigenous Past by Lopez Austin and Lopez Lujan

 

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12 American Indian Contributions to the World by Emory Dean Keoke & Kay Marie Porterfield

       This book presents to us all the glorious civilizations that blossomed here in what today is called the “Americas”, before the horrible European invasions that began in 1492. Emory Dean Keoke and Kay Marie Porterfield are the authors of this inspiring, motivating, and strengthening book, which demolishes all the racist views that have portrayed all of the Indigenous peoples of the “Americas” as “uncivilized” and “barbaric”.

       The two Scholars present uplifting accomplishments that took place "the Americas”. These accomplishments are huge and to a certain extent unbelievable. They appear to be unbelievable because they present facts that we have never heard of.  They tell us of medical instruments and medicines that have cured and saved millions of lives through out the world. We read of foods that where domesticated (corn, squash, tomatoes, potatoes, etc.) in the “Americas” dating back to 15,000 years ago, and which today harvested in the many gardens and fields of the world.

       In this encyclopedic book we find out about ideas that were generated to make sure all citizens had a productive role in Indigenous societies, ideas that have been adopted by most modern societies. Ideas like mandatory education for both female and male no matter what rank you were in society.  Generous ideas like public hospitals to make sure you had healthy citizens.

       Such concepts are never mentioned in relation to people of Mexican, Salvadorian, Honduran, and “Native American” decent people.  Our people were the creators of all of this innovation.

But the truth is that Europeans have taken credit for these great accomplishments.  And to make matters worse, Europeans have written history books that say that our people were not capable of creating such elaborate civilizations and inventions. Not only have Europeans written racist history books, but they have also divided our great Indigenous family with borders that have torn us from our brothers and sisters and torn us from our true history.

       Emory Dean Keoke and Kay Marie Poterfield have done an excellent research of all the world's civilizations in order to properly explain the significance of every invention created by the Indigenous peoples of the “Americas”. This is done so that we can all see the impact the Indigenous societies have had in different fields: science; astronomy; mathematics; food; medicines; government; and so on. Their eloquent descriptions of the Indigenous people of "North and South American” civilizations erases all the false racist images and myths that have been written in the history books that we read today.

       The strengthening part of this book is that it presents the evidence that proves the Indigenous people of the “Americas” as a people who are great intellects, innovators, and builders of magnificent civilizations. These are facts that are needed today to replace the lies that make up today's curriculums which only misinform students in all levels of schools.

        This book is going to help us tell the people of Mexican, “Central American” and “Native American” decent and their children that they are the descendants of these civilizations, cultures, and great accomplishments.

       We need to let books like this be one of many vitamins that will nourish the millions of minds of the people of Mexican, “Central American” and “Native American” decent.

This book will help us understand that we have the capacity to plan for a future where we can continue where our ancestors left off.

       The Mexica Movement applauds the work of Emory Dean Keoke and Kay Marie Portefield for presenting to us the greatness of our ancestor’s accomplishments and inventions. We will be waiting for more of their works so that our ancestors can be put back in their proper place in the history of humanity, their place as the priceless treasure that they are.

Jesse Rivera

November 18, 2005

13 Skywatchers by Anthony F. Aveni

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14 Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen

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CHRONOLOGY AND OTHER REFERENCES:

10 Latin America: From Colonization To Globalization by Noam Chomsky

11 Encyclopedia of World History 6th Edition by Peter Stam

12 Oxford Atlas of History 2002 by Oxford Press

13 Course of Mexican History by Michael C. Meyer and William L. Sherman

14 Oxford History of Mexico 2000 by Michael Meyer and William Beezley

15 In the Language of Kings by Miguel Leon-Portilla

16 Flayed God (out of print) by Roberta and Peter Markman

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