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Featured Backlist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 For more than eighty years, the University of Oklahoma Press has published award-winning books about Latin America and we are proud to bring to you our latest catalog. The catalog features the newest titles from the University of Oklahoma Press as well as books distributed for the Denver Art Museum and the Gilcrease Museum. For a complete list of titles available from OU Press, please visit our website at We hope you enjoy this catalog and appreciate your continued support of the University of Oklahoma Press. Prices and availability subject to change without notice.

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On the cover: Pendant-mask associated to the rituals of Aztec god XipeTotec, Mexico Valley. Photograph by Marie-Lan Nguyen.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a grant to the University of Oklahoma Press, the University Press of Florida, and the University of Texas Press. This grant was made to encourage publication and digital scholarship for first-time authors working in Latin American and Caribbean arts and culture. This initiative will provide opportunities for a new generation of young scholars whose works meet high academic standards but might have been deemed too expensive for publication. This collaboration will utilize the existing strengths and capacity of each of these publishers to solicit, publish, and market twenty-seven books. If you have a manuscript or a publication proposal and are a first-time author with an interest in publishing your Latin American studies book with the University of Oklahoma Press, please contact Alessandra Jacobi Tamulevich at

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New and Forthcoming Maya Exodus Indigenous Struggle for Citizenship in Chiapas By Heidi Moksnes $26.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-4292-0 · 280 pages · Available October 2012 Maya Exodus offers a richly detailed account of how a group of indigenous people has adopted a global language of human rights to press claims for social change and social justice.

Mesoamerican Memory Enduring Systems of Remembrance Edited by Amos Megged and Stephanie Wood $55.00s Cloth · 978-0-8061-4235-7 · 328 pages · Available October 2012 Both before and after the Spanish conquest, indigenous scribes recorded their communities’ histories and belief systems, as well as the events of the conquest and its effects and aftermath. Today, the descendants of those native historians still remember their ancestors’ stories. Amos Megged and Stephanie Wood have gathered the latest scholarship to compare these various memories and explore how they were preserved and altered over time. Distributed For Denver Art Museum

At the Crossroads

The Arts of Spanish America and Early Global Trade, 1492–1850 Edited by Donna Pierce and Ronald Otsuka $39.95s Cloth · 978-0-914738-80-0 · 176 pages · Available November 2012 The Denver Art Museum held a symposium in 2010, co-hosted by the Frederick and Jan Mayer Center for Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial Art and by the Asian Art Department William Sharpless Jackson Jr. Endowment, to examine the impact of early modern globalization on the arts of Spanish America. This volume presents revised and expanded versions of papers presented at the symposium. New in Paperback

Indian Conquistadors Indigenous Allies in the Conquest of Mesoamerica Edited by Laura E. Matthew and Michel R. Oudijk $24.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-4325-5 · 368 pages · Available October 2012 The conquest of the New World would hardly have been possible if the invading Spaniards had not allied themselves with the indigenous population. Indian Conquistadors examines the role of native peoples as active agents in the Conquest and the overwhelming importance of native allies in both conquest and colonial control. New in Paperback

National Narratives in Mexico A History By Enrique Florescano Translated by Nancy Hancock Drawings by Raúl Velázquez $29.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-4318-7 · 448 pages · Available October 2012 If history is written by the victors, then as the rulers of a nation change, so too does its history. Mexico has had many distinct periods of history, demonstrating clearly that the tale changes depending on the writer or historiographer. In National Narratives in Mexico, Enrique Florescano examines each historical vision of Mexico as it was interpreted in its own time, revealing the influences of national or ethnic identity, culture, and evolving concepts of history and national memory.


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Indian Alliances and the Spanish in the Southwest, 750–1750 By William B. Carter $24.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-4302-6 · 312 pages · Available June 2012 When considering the history of the Southwest, scholars have typically viewed Apaches, Navajos, and other Athabaskans as marauders who preyed on Pueblo towns and Spanish settlements. Carter now offers a multilayered reassessment of historical events and environmental and social change to show how mutually supportive networks among Native peoples created alliances in the centuries before and after Spanish settlement. New in Paperback

Transcending Conquest Nahua Views of Spanish Colonial Mexico By Stephanie Wood $24.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-4303-3 · 228 pages · Available June 2012 In Transcending Conquest, Stephanie Wood uses Nahuatl writings and illustrations to reveal Nahua perspectives on Spanish colonial occupations of the Western Hemisphere. Drawing on Mesoamerican peoples’ strong tradition of pictorial record keeping, Wood examines multiple examples of pictorial imagery to explore how native manuscripts depicted the European invader and colonizer.

Engaging Ancient Maya Sculpture at Piedras Negras, Guatemala By Megan E. O’Neil $55.00s Cloth · 978-0-8061-4257-9 · 328 pages · Available May 2012 Now shrouded in Guatemalan jungle, the ancient Maya city of Piedras Negras flourished between the sixth and ninth centuries c.e. In Engaging Ancient Maya Sculpture at Piedras Negras, Guatemala, Megan E. O’Neil offers new ways to understand the stelae, altars, and panels of the ancient city by exploring how ancient Maya people interacted with them. New in Paperback

Bernardino de Sahagún First Anthropologist By Miguel León-Portilla Translated by Mauricio J. Mixco $24.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-4271-5 · 340 pages Sent from Spain on a religious crusade to Mexico to “detect the sickness of idolatry,” Bernardino de Sahagún (c. 1499–1590) instead became the first anthropologist of the New World. This biography presents the life story of a fascinating man who came to Mexico intent on changing the traditions and cultures, but instead ended up working to preserve them. New in Paperback

The Quiché Mayas of Utatlán The Evolution of a Highland Guatemala Kingdom By Robert M. Carmack $34.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-4268-5 · 454 pages Now available in paperback for the first time since its publication in 1980, The Quiché Mayas of Utatlán offers a full account of the Quichés, the most powerful Maya group in the Guatemala highlands at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Carmack re-creates the setting of this empire, and peoples it with the rulers, priests, warriors, allies, and travelers who gave it life.

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Companion to Spanish Colonial Art at the Denver Art Museum By Donna Pierce $19.95s Paper · 978-0-914738-78-7 · 106 pages The Denver Art Museum counts among its greatest resources a worldrenowned Spanish Colonial collection rich in art from all over Latin America, including more than 3,000 objects. This lavishly illustrated volume serves as a primer to this stellar art collection, framing it within the historical context of the early modern world and the first era of global trade.

Aztecs on Stage Religious Theater in Colonial Mexico Edited and translated by Louise M. Burkhart Translated by Barry D. Sell and Stafford Poole $24.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-4209-8 · 244 pages Nahuatl drama, one of the most surprising results of the Catholic presence in colonial Mexico, merges medieval European religious theater with the language and performance traditions of the Aztec (Nahua) people of central Mexico. Aztecs on Stage presents accessible English translations of six of these seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Nahuatl plays. Louise M. Burkhart’s engaging introduction places the plays in historical context. Distributed for the Denver Art Museum


Ancient Ceramics from the Mouth of the Amazon By Margaret Young-Sánchez and Denise P. Schaan $25.00s Paper · 978-0-914738-73-2 · 88 pages The Amazon Basin is now recognized as a cradle of cultural and technological innovation in the ancient Americas. Lavishly illustrated, this volume presents ceramics from the Denver Art Museum, Barbier-Mueller Museums of Geneva and Barcelona, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History, and private collections. Distributed for the Gilcrease Museum

To Capture the Sun

Gold of Ancient Panama Contributions by Richard G. Cooke. Nicholas J. Saunders, John W. Hoopes, and Jeffrey Quilter $39.95s Cloth · 978-0-9819799-0-8 · 400 pages $24.95s Paper · 978-0-9819799-1-5 · 400 pages More than a beautifully illustrated exhibit catalogue, this volume includes essays by leading scholars who use the Gilcrease collection to discuss the rise of metallurgy in the Western Hemisphere, the symbolic significance of gold in Gran Coclé culture, and the influence of Pre-Columbian gold on world economies.

Daily Life in Colonial Mexico The Journey of Friar Ilarione da Bergamo, 1761–1768 By Friar Ilarione da Bergamo Edited and translated by William J. Orr Edited by Robert R. Miller $19.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-4233-3 · 256 pages In 1761 Ilarione da Bergamo, a Capuchin friar, journeyed to Mexico to gather alms for foreign missions. After harrowing voyages across the Mediterranean and Atlantic, he reached Mexico City in 1763. After his return to Italy, Ilarione wrote an account of his journey, published here for the first time in English.


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Juan de Ovando Governing the Spanish Empire in the Reign of Philip II By Stafford Poole $24.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-4238-8 · 304 pages Philip II is a fascinating and enigmatic figure in Spanish history, but it was his letrados—professional bureaucrats and ministers trained in law—who made his vast castilian empire possible. Juan de Poole’s biography of Juan de Ovando provides an intimate view of the day-to-day influence letrados wielded over the Spanish colonial machine.

The Jar of Severed Hands By Mark Santiago $29.95s Cloth · 978-0-8061-4177-0 · 264 pages More than two centuries after the Coronado Expedition first set foot in the region, the northern frontier of New Spain in the late 1770s was still under attack by Apache raiders. Mark Santiago’s gripping account of Spanish efforts to subdue the Apaches illuminates larger cultural and political issues in the colonial period of the Southwest and northern Mexico.

After Moctezuma Indigenous Politics and Self-Government in Mexico City, 1524-1730 By William F. Connell $45.00s Cloth · 978-0-8061-4175-6 · 352 pages The Spanish invasion of Mexico in 1519 left the capital city, Tenochtitlan, in ruins. Conquistador Hernán Cortés, following the city’s surrender in 1521, established a governing body to organize its reconstruction. After Moctezuma: Indigenous Politics and Self-Government in Mexico City, 1524–1730 reveals how native self-government in former Tenochtitlan evolved over time as the city and its population changed.

Pedro Moya de Contreras Catholic Reform and Royal Power in New Spain, 1571–1591 Second Edition By Stafford Poole $24.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-4171-8 · 352 pages For a brief few years in the sixteenth century, Pedro Moya de Contreras was the most powerful man in the New World. A church official and loyal royalist, this new edition offers an expanded understanding of this enigmatic figure’s influence on the development of New Spain.

The Tenochca Empire of Ancient Mexico The Triple Alliance of Tenochtitlan, Tetzcoco, and Tlacopan By Pedro Carrasco $39.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-4199-2 · 512 pages The most important political entity in pre-Spanish Mesoamerica was the Tenochca Empire, founded in 1428 when the three kingdoms of Tenochtitlan, Tetzcoco, and Tlacopan formed an alliance that controlled the Basin of Mexico and other extensive areas of Mesoamerica. Carrasco incorporates years of research in the archives of Mexico and Spain and compares primary sources from all three of the great kingdoms. Distributed for the Denver Art Museum

Nature and Spirit

Ancient Costa Rican Treasures in the Mayer Collection at the Denver Art Museum By Margaret Young-Sánchez $49.95s Cloth · 978-0-914738-68-8 · 192 pages The Denver Art Museum’s collection of ancient Costa Rican art is one of the finest and most comprehensive in the world. Nature and Spirit reveals to the modern world the richness and sophistication of indigenous thought and the incredible beauty of native art in the Americas.

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Best Sellers Popol Vuh The Sacred Book of the Maya Translation by Allen J. Christenson $19.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-3839-8 · 327 pages The Popol Vuh is the most important example of Maya literature to have survived the Spanish conquest. It is also one of the world’s great creation accounts, comparable to the beauty and power of Genesis. Based on ten years of research by a leading scholar of Maya literature, this translation with extensive notes is uniquely faithful to the original language. Retaining the poetic style of the original text, the translation is also remarkably accessible to English readers.

Fifteen Poets of the Aztec World By Miguel León-Portilla $19.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-3291-4 · 328 pages In this first English-language translation of a significant corpus of Nahuatl poetry into English, Miguel León-Portilla was assisted in his rethinking, augmenting, and rewriting in English by Grace Lobanov. Biographies of fifteen composers of Nahuatl verse and analyses of their work are followed by their extant poems in Nahuatl and in English.

The Conquest of America The Question of the Other By Tzyetan Todoroy $29.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-3137-5 · 288 pages The Conquest of America is a fascinating study of cultural confrontation in the New World, with implications far beyond sixteenth-century America. The book offers an original interpretation of the Spaniards’ conquest, colonization, and destruction of pre-Columbian cultures in Mexico and the Caribbean.

Aztec Art By Esther Pasztory $36.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-2536-7 · 512 pages This is the first comprehensive book on Aztec art: eleven chapters illustrated with seventy-five superb color plates and hundreds of photographs, supplemented by maps and diagrams. Temple architecture, majestic stone sculpture carved without metal tools, featherwork and turquoise mosaic, painted books, and sculptures in terra cotta and rare stones - all are here.

Hernando de Soto A Savage Quest in the Americas By David E. Duncan $29.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-2977-8 · 608 pages This is the story of a legendary expedition across four thousand miles of the future United States, led by an explorer searching for an illusionary empire of gold. Formerly the second-in-command in Francisco Pizarro’s conquest of the Incas in 1531, Hernando de Soto arrived in the country he called La Florida in 1539, leading a glittering, armored Renaissance-era army of six hundred men on the first major exploration of North America.

The Last Conquistador Juan de Onate and the Settling of the Far Southwest By Marc Simmons $21.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-2368-4 · 224 pages This book chronicles the life and frontier career of Don Juan de Oñate, the first colonizer of the old Spanish Borderlands. Born in Zacatecas, Mexico, in the mid-sixteenth century, Don Juan was the prominent son of an aristocratic silvermining family.


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The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo By Richard Griswold del Castillo $26.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-2478-0 · 268 pages Signed in 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the war between the United States and Mexico and gave a large portion of Mexico’s northern territories to the United States. The language of the treaty was designed to deal fairly with the people who became residents of the United States by default. However, as Richard Griswold del Castillo points out, articles calling for equality and protection of civil and property rights were either ignored or interpreted to favor those involved in the westward expansion of the United States rather than the Mexicans and Indians living in the conquered territories.

Aztec Thought and Culture A Study of the Ancient Nahuatl Mind By Miguel León-Portilla $26.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-2295-3 · 272 pages “León-Portilla has made an outstanding contribution to our understanding of Aztec religious thought…. Along with his analysis of this philosophical revolution León-Portilla also provides us with a superb summary of the official cosmological and cosmogonic system.”—American Antiquity

Mexico A History By Robert Ryal Miller $26.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-2178-9 · 428 pages “This well-written, tastefully illustrated history of Mexico surveys the social, cultural and political climate of the ancient Indian civilizations, the colonial period, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century Mexico.” —Current History

Pre-Columbian Literatures of Mexico By Miguel Leon-Portilla $19.95s Paper · 9780806119748 · 208 pages This volume presents ancient Mexican myths and sacred hymns, lyric poetry, rituals, drama, and various forms of prose, accompanied by informed criticism and comment.

Featured Backlist Alphabet of the World Selected Works by Eugenio Montejo Edited by Kirk Nesset Introduction by Wilfredo Hernández $19.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-4148-0 · 256 pages Eugenio Montejo was one of the most significant Latin American poets and essayists of the past half century. All of the selections are presented here in the original Spanish, with translations in English by prize-winning writer and poet, Kirk Nesset.

Dreaming with the Ancestors Black Seminole Women in Texas and Mexico By Shirley B. Mock $34.95s Cloth · 978-0-8061-4053-7 · 400 pages Indian freedmen and their descendants have garnered much public and scholarly attention, but women’s roles have largely been absent from that discussion. In Dreaming with the Ancestors, Shirley Boteler Mock explores the role that Black Seminole women have played in shaping and perpetuating a culture born of African roots and shaped by southeastern Native American and Mexican influences.

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The Arts of South America, 1492–1850 By Donna Pierce $39.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-9976-4 · 224 pages The Mayer Center for Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial Art at the Denver Art Museum held a symposium in 2008 to examine the arts of South America during the culturally complex period of Spanish and Portuguese colonialism in the early modern era. Edited by Denver Art Museum curator Donna Pierce, this volume presents revised and expanded versions of the papers presented at the symposium.

Colonial Ch’olti’ The Seventeenth-Century Morán Manuscript By John S. Robertson, Danny Law, and Robbie A. Haertel $65.00s Cloth · 978-0-8061-4118-3 · 384 pages At the time of the Spanish conquest, Ch’olti’ was spoken throughout much of the southern Maya lowlands. This book presents for the first time a facsimile, transcription, English and Spanish translation, and grammatical analysis of the Morán Manuscript, a Colonial-era document that provides the sole attestation of Ch’olti’.

The Dog Who Spoke and More Mayan Folktales El perro que habló y más cuentos mayas By James D. Sexton and Fredy Rodríguez-Meíja $24.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-4130-5 · 352 pages In the delightful Mayan folktale The Dog Who Spoke, we learn what happens when a dog’s master magically transforms into a dog-man who reasons like a man but acts like a dog. This and the other Mayan folktales in this bilingual collection brim with the enchanting creativity of rural Guatemala’s oral culture.

Framing the Sacred The Indian Churches of Early Colonial Mexico By Eleanor Wake $65.00s Cloth · 978-0-8061-4033-9 · 368 pages Christian churches erected in Mexico during the early colonial era represented the triumph of European conquest and religious domination. Or did they? Building on recent research that questions the “cultural” conquest of Mesoamerica, Eleanor Wake shows that colonial Mexican churches also reflected the beliefs of the indigenous communities that built them.

Bonfires of Culture Franciscans, Indigenous Leaders, and the Inquisition in Early Mexico, 1524–1540 By Patricia L. Don $34.95s Cloth · 978-0-8061-4049-0 · 280 pages In their efforts to convert indigenous peoples, Franciscan friars brought the Spanish Inquisition to early-sixteenth-century Mexico. Patricia Lopes Don now investigates these trials to offer an inside look at this brief but consequential episode of Spanish methods of colonization, providing a fresh interpretation of an early period that has remained too long understudied.

History of the Indies of New Spain By Fray D. Duran $39.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-4107-7 · 642 pages Duran’s History of the Indians of New Spain is a vivid evocation of the Aztec world before the Spanish conquest. Based on a Nahuatl chronicle now lost and on interviews with living Aztec informants, Duran’s History describes the intrigues and court life of the elite. Duran chronicles daily life in times of war and in times of flood and drought, when people sold their children for a handful of corn.


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The New Catalog of Maya Hieroglyphs Volume 1: The Classic Period Inscriptions By Martha J. Macri and Matthew G Looper $65.00s Cloth · 978-0-8061-3497-0 · 480 pages The New Catalog of Maya Hieroglyphs, Volume I: The Classic Period Inscriptions is a guide to all the known hieroglyphic symbols of the Classic Maya script. In the New Catalog Martha J. Macri and Matthew G. Looper have produced a valuable research tool based on the latest Mesoamerican scholarship.

New Catalog of Maya Heiroglyphs Volume 2: The Codical Texts By Martha J. Macri and Gabrielle Vail $65.00s Cloth · 978-0-8061-4071-1 · 320 pages This long-awaited resource complements its companion volume on Classic Period monumental inscriptions. Together the two volumes of the New Catalog represent the most significant updating of the sign lists for the Maya script proposed in half a century. Distributed for the Denver Art Museum

Asia and Spanish America

Trans-Pacific Artistic and Cultural Exchange, 1500-1850 By Ronald Otsuka Edited by Donna Pierce $39.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-9973-3 · 208 pages The Denver Art Museum held a symposium in 2006 to examine a little-known aspect of globalization in the early modern era. Edited by Denver Art Museum curators Donna Pierce and Ronald Otsuka, this volume presents revised and expanded versions of the papers presented at the symposium.

Nahuatl Theatre

Edited by Barry D. Sell and Louise M. Burkhart

Volume 1: Death and Life in Colonial Nahua Mexico This first volume presents new transcriptions and translations of seven Nahuatl-language plays enacting Native interpretations of biblical and moralistic themes, with four accompanying analytical essays. Volume 2: Our Lady of Guadalupe The only known colonial Nahuatl-language dramas based on the Virgin of Guadalupe story: the Dialogue of the Apparition of the Virgin Saint Mary of Guadalupe and The Mexican Portent. Volume 3: Spanish Golden-Age Drama in Mexican Translation Presented for the first time in English are the complete dramatic works of Don Bartolomé de Alva—the only known plays from Spain’s Golden Age adapted for an Aztec audience. Volume 4: Nahua Christianity in Performance The editors provide new insights into Nahua conceptions of Christianity and of society, gender, and morality in the late colonial period. The book includes precise transcriptions and first-time English translations.

4-Volume Set $160.00s Cloth · 978-0-8061-9974-0 · 1,408 pages

Volume 1 $49.95s Cloth 978-0-8061-3633-2 320 pages

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Papers from the 2005 Mayer Center Symposium at the Denver Art Museum By Margaret Young-Sánchez $45.00s Paper · 978-0-8061-9972-6 · 264 pages In 2005, the Denver Art Museum hosted a symposium in conjunction with the exhibition Tiwanaku: Ancestors of the Inca. Bringing together current research on Pucara, Tiwanaku, Wari, and Inca art and archaeology, this volume will be an important resource for scholars and enthusiasts of ancient South America.

Maya Sacred Geography and the Creator Deities By Karen Bassie-Sweet $50.00s Cloth · 978-0-8061-3957-9 · 384 pages Maya Sacred Geography and the Creator Deities is a detailed ethnohistorical analysis of Maya religion, cosmology, and ritual practice that convincingly links mythology to the land. A comprehensive treatment of Maya religion, it provides an essential resource for scholars and will fascinate any reader captivated by these ancient beliefs.

Voices from Exile Violence and Survival in Modern Maya History By Victor Montejo $24.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-3985-2 · 288 pages Elilal, exile, is the condition of thousands of Mayas who have fled their homelands in Guatemala to escape repression and even death at the hands of their government. In this book, Victor Montejo, who is both a Maya expatriate and an anthropologist, gives voice to those who until now have struggled in silence—but who nevertheless have found ways to reaffirm and celebrate their Mayaness.

Volume 2 $55.00s Cloth 978-0-8061-3794-0 288 pages

Volume 3 $55.00s Cloth 978-0-8061-3878-7 432 pages

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Guide to Documentary Sources for Andean Studies, 1530–1900 Edited by Joanne Pillsbury With written contributions by 122 scholars from nineteen countries and amply illustrated with drawings, engravings, photographs, and maps, the Guide offers new perspectives on key works and reflects substantial changes in indigenous Andean historical and cultural studies of the past fifty years. The first volume contains twenty-nine essays about the origin and nature of the sources, focusing on recent research and interpretations. Volumes 2 and 3 list specific authors alphabetically and discuss their texts. The entries contain such information as biographical data, locations of manuscripts, publication history, translations, and references to secondary literature. 3-Volume Set: $195.00s Cloth · 978-0-8061-9963-4 · 1,296 pages

Health Care in Maya Guatemala Confronting Medical Pluralism in a Developing Country Edited by Walter Randolph Adams and John P. Hawkins $19.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-3859-6 · 288 pages This book examines medical systems and institutions in three K’iche’ Maya communities to reveal the conflicts between indigenous medical care and the Guatemalan biomedical system. It shows the necessity of cultural understanding if poor people are to have access to medicine that combines the best of both local tradition and international biomedicine.

Popol Vuh Literal Poetic Version Translation and Transcription By Allen J. Christenson $37.50s Paper · 978-0-8061-3841-1 · 320 pages This second volume provides a literal, line-by-line English translation of the Popol Vuh, capturing the beauty, subtlety, and high poetic language characteristic of K’iche’-Maya sacred writings. By arranging the work according to its poetic structure, Christenson preserves the poem’s original phraseology and grammar, allowing subtle nuances of meaning to emerge.

Popol Vuh The Sacred Book of the Ancient Quiché Maya By Adrián Recinos $21.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-2266-3 · 288 pages “‘Popol Vuh,’ meaning ‘Book of Community,’ is a mixed record of the cosmic beliefs, folklore, semi-historical migrations and genealogies of the Quiché Indians, one of the Maya tribes that lives in the highlands of Guatemala.... The book is well worth reading.”—New York Herald Tribune

Mexico and the Spanish Conquest Second Edition By Ross Hassig $19.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-3793-3 · 288 pages What role did indigenous peoples play in the Spanish conquest of Mexico? Ross Hassig explores this question in Mexico and the Spanish Conquest by incorporating primary accounts from the Indians of Mexico and revisiting the events of the conquest against the backdrop of the Aztec empire, the culture and politics of Mesoamerica, and the military dynamics of both sides.

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Volume II $80.00s Cloth 978-0-8061-3820-6 384 pages


Volume III $80.00s Cloth 978-0-8061-3821-3 448 pages

Prehistoric Mesoamerica Third Edition By Richard E. W. Adams $32.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-3702-5 · 544 pages An up-to-date overview of Mesoamerican cultures from early prehistoric times through the fall of the Aztec Empire, Prehistoric Mesoamerica, Third Edition will be useful and appealing to readers interested in Mesoamerican art, society, politics, and intellectual achievement.

Roads to Change in Maya Guatemala A Field School Approach to Understanding the K’iche’ By John P. Hawkins and Walter Randolph Adams $29.95s Cloth · 978-0-8061-3708-7 · 240 pages $19.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-3730-8 · 240 pages Between 1995 and 1997, three groups of college students each spent two months in K’iche’ Maya villages in Guatemala. Led by Professors John P. Hawkins and Walter Randolph Adams, they participated in an ongoing field school designed to foster undergraduate research and documentation of K’iche’ Maya culture in Guatemala.

Mexico’s Indigenous Past By Alfredo Lopez Austin and Leonardo Lopez Lujan Translated by Bernard R. Ortiz de Montellano $39.95 Cloth · 978-0-8061-3214-3 · 368 pages $29.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-3723-0 · 368 pages This handsomely illustrated book offers a panoramic view of ancient Mexico, beginning more than thirty thousand years ago and ending with European occupation in the sixteenth century. Drawing on archaeological and ethnohistorical sources, the book is one of the first to offer a unified vision of Mexico’s precolonial past.

Historical Atlas of Central America By Carolyn Hall and Héctor Pérez Brignoli $99.95s Cloth · 978-0-8061-3037-8 · 336 pages $34.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-3038-5 · 336 pages Drawing on more than fifty combined years of research and teaching in Central America, Carolyn Hall and Héctor Pérez Brignoli provide a new interpretation and an innovative synthesis of the region’s history and culture in the Historical Atlas of Central America.


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Tlacuilolli Style and Contents of the Mexican Pictorial Manuscripts with a Catalog of the Borgia Group By Karl Anton Nowotny Translated By George A. Everett and Edward B. Sisson $75.00s Cloth · 978-0-8061-3653-0 · 384 pages Appearing for the first time in English, Karl Anton Nowotny’s Tlacuilolli is a classic work of Mesoamerican scholarship. A concise analysis of the preColumbian Borgia Group of manuscripts, it is the only synthetic interpretation of divinatory and ritual codices from Mexico.

Law and the Transformation of Aztec Culture, 1500–1700 By Susan Kellogg $24.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-3685-1 · 320 pages In this book, Susan Kellogg explains how Spanish law served as an instrument of cultural transformation and adaptation in the lives of Nahuatl-speaking peoples during the years 1500–1700—the first two centuries of colonial rule. She shows that law had an impact on numerous aspects of daily life, especially gender relations, patterns of property ownership and transmission, and family and kinship organization.

Introduction to Classical Nahuatl Revised Edition By J. Richard Andrews $80.00s Cloth · 978-0-8061-3452-9 · 704 pages $45.00s Workbook · 978-0-8061-3453-6 For many years, J. Richard Andrews’s Introduction to Classical Nahuatl has been the standard reference work for scholars and students of Nahuatl, the language used by the ancient Aztecs and the Nahua Indians of Central Mexico. Andrews’s work was the first book to make Nahuatl accessible as a coherent language system and to recognize such crucial linguistic features as vowel length and the glottal stop. Accompanied by a workbook, this longawaited new edition is extensively revised, enlarged, and updated with the latest research.

Tatiana Proskouriakoff Interpreting the Ancient Maya By Char Solomon $34.95s Cloth · 978-0-8061-3445-1 · 240 pages Born in Siberia during a turbulent period in Russian history, Tatiana Proskouriakoff came to America during World War I. Proskouriakoff excelled in art and completed a degree in architecture. She entered the field of Mesoamerican archaeology in the mid-1930s as a draftsperson and artist for a University of Pennsylvania archaeological project in the Petén rainforest of Guatemala. By the end of her life, she had become one of the premier scholars of Mayan civilization.

Alfred Maudslay and the Maya A Biography By Ian Graham $29.95s Cloth · 978-0-8061-3450-5 · 336 pages In this fascinating biography, the first ever published about Alfred Maudslay (1850-1931), Ian Graham describes this extraordinary Englishman and his pioneering investigations of the ancient Maya ruins.

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Maya Wars Ethnographic Accounts from Nineteenth-Century Yucatan By Terry Rugeley $24.95s Cloth · 978-0-8061-3355-3 · 224 pages Maya Wars is the first collection of documents devoted entirely to the nineteenth-century Yucatec Mayas. This compilation includes writings by priests, missionaries, Hispanic officials and military officers, foreign travelers and explorers, and the Mayas themselves.

The Decipherment of Ancient Maya Writing By Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos and David Stuart $65.00s Cloth · 978-0-8061-3204-4 · 576 pages The Decipherment of Ancient Maya Writing is an important story of intellectual discovery and a tale of code breaking comparable to the interpreting of Egyptian hieroglyphs and the decoding of cuneiform. This book provides a history of the interpretation of Maya hieroglyphs. Introductory essays offer the historical context and describe the personalities and theories of the many authors who contributed to the understanding of these ancient glyphs.

Conquest of the Sierra Spaniards and Indians in Colonial Oaxaca By John K. Chance $19.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-3337-9 · 252 pages Conquest of the Sierra depicts the colonial experience in the Sierra Zapoteca, a remote mountain region of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. Based on unpublished and hitherto untapped archival sources, this book traces the evolution of a unique regional colonial society.

The Real Contra War Highlander Peasant Resistance in Nicaragua By Timothy C. Brown $32.95 Cloth · 978-0-8061-3252-5 · 352 pages Relying on original documents, interviews with veterans, and other primary sources, Brown contradicts conventional wisdom about the Contras, debunking most of what has been written about the movement’s leaders, origins, aims, and foreign support. “[The Real Contra War] should be required reading for students of twentiethcentury Latin American revolutionary theory and contemporary history.” —Ambassador Everett Ellis Briggs

The Inca World By Laura Laurencich Minelli $36.95 Cloth · 978-0-8061-3221-1 · 480 pages The development of the Inca Empire was complex and often paradoxical. This lavishly illustrated volume, based on extensive archaeological research and Spanish colonial documentation, provides important insights into many questions and contradictions regarding the Inca Empire.

Women in Ancient America By Karen Olsen Bruhns, Karen E. Stothert $24.95s Cloth · 978-0-8061-3169-6 · 352 pages This first comprehensive work on women in precolumbian American cultures describes gender roles and relationships in North, Central, and South America from 12,000 b.c. to the 1500s a.d. Utilizing many key archaeological works, Karen Olsen Bruhns and Karen E. Stothert redress some of the longstanding male bias in writing about ancient Native American lifeways.


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The Covenants with Earth and Rain Exchange, Sacrifice, and Revelation in Mixtec Society By John Monaghan $24.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-3192-4 · 416 pages In this book, John Monaghan explores the culture of the Mixtecs, today one of the largest Native American groups in Mexico. Focusing on the community of Santiago Nuyoo, located in the mountainous Mixteca Alta region, he describes Nuyooteco marriage practices, gift exchange, kinship systems, land tenure, cosmology, ritual, and feasting.

Maya Resurgence in Guatemala Q’eqchi’ Experiences By Richard Wilson $19.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-3195-5 · 392 pages Across Guatemala, Mayan peoples are struggling to recover from decades of cataclysmic upheaval—religious conversions, civil war, displacement, military repression. Richard Wilson carried out long-term research with Q’eqchi’speaking Mayas in the province of Alta Verapaz to ascertain how these events affected social organization and identity.

Amphibians and Reptiles of Northern Guatemala, the Yucatan, and Belize By Jonathan A. Campbell $45.00s Paper · 978-0-8061-3066-8 · 400 pages Frogs, toads, salamanders, caecilians, turtles, lizards, crocodiles, and numerous species of snakes in the Petén region of northern Guatemala and adjacent terrain in Mexico and Belize are illustrated and profiled in this first field guide to the reptiles and amphibians of the area.

Indian Women of Early Mexico By Susan Schroeder, Stephanie Wood, and Robert Haskett $24.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-2960-0 · 496 pages This collection of essays by leading scholars in Mexican ethnohistory, edited by Susan Schroeder, Stephanie Wood, and Robert Haskett, examines the life experiences of Indian women in preconquest colonial Mexico.

Cesar Chavez A Triumph of Spirit By Richard Griswold del Castillo and Richard A. Garcia $19.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-2957-0 · 224 pages When farm worker and labor organizer César Chávez burst upon America’s national scene in 1965, U.S. readers and viewers were witnessing the emergence of a new Mexican American, or Chicano, movement. This biography of Chávez by Richard Griswold del Castillo and Richard A. Garcia is the first to approach Chávez’s life–his courageous acts, his turning points, his many perceived personas–in the context of Chicano and American history.

Codex Chimalpahin, Volume 1 Society and Politics in Mexico Tenochtitlan, Tlatelolco, Texcoco, Culhuacan, and Other Nahua Altepetl in Central Mexico By Domingo de San Anton Munon Chimalpahin Quauhtlehuanitzin $49.95s Cloth · 978-0-8061-2921-1 · 256 pages This groundbreaking edition of the Codex Chimalpahin, edited and translated by Arthur J. O. Anderson and Susan Schroeder, makes available in English for the first time the transcription and translation of the most comprehensive history of native Mexico by a known Indian.

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Codex Chimalpahin, Volume 2 Society and Politics in Mexico Tenochtitlan, Tlatelolco, Texcoco, Culhuacan, and Other Nahua Altepetl in Central Mexico By Domingo de San Anton Munon Chimalpahin Quauhtlehuanitzin $40.00s Cloth · 978-0-8061-2950-1 · 256 pages The Codex Chimalpahin, which consists of more than one thousand pages of Nahuatl and Spanish texts, is a life history of the only Nahua about whom we have much knowledge. It also affords a firsthand indigenous perspective on the Nahua past, present, and future in a changing colonial milieu. Moreover, Chimalpahin’s sources, a rich variety of ancient and contemporary records, give voice to a culture long thought to be silent and vanquished.

Primeros Memoriales Facsimile Edition By Fray Bernardino de Sahagun $185.00s Cloth · 978-0-8061-1688-4 · 182 pages This is a full-color facsimile edition of Primeros Memoriales by Fray Bernardino de Sahagún and is a valuable document providing great understanding and knowledge of provincial Mesoamerican civilization.

Primeros Memoriales Paleography of Nahuatl Text and English Translation By Fray Bernardino de Sahagun $85.00s Cloth · 978-0-8061-2909-9 · 352 pages Primeros Memoriales is here published for the first time in its entirety both in the original Nahuatl and in English translation. The volume follows the manuscript order reconstructed for the Primeros Memoriales by Francisco del Paso y Troncoso in his 1905-1907 facsimile edition of the collection of Sahaguntine manuscripts he called Codices Matritenses.

Teotihuacan An Experiment in Living By Esther Pasztory $49.95s Cloth · 978-0-8061-2847-4 · 304 pages This book is the first comprehensive study and reinterpretation of the unique arts of Teotihuacan, including architecture, sculpture, mural painting, and ceramics. Comparing the arts of Teotihuacan - not previously judged “artistic”—with those of other ancient civilizations, Ester Pasztory demonstrates how they created and reflected the community’s ideals.

An Archaeological Guide to Northern Central America Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador By Joyce Kelly $19.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-2861-0 · 352 pages Tikal, Copán, Uaxactún - ancient Maya cities whose names conjure up romance, mystery, and science all at once. Joyce Kelly’s clear descriptions and captivating photographs of these and many other sites will make you want to pack your bags and head for Central America. And when you arrive, this guidebook will not let you down.

Los Paisanos Spanish Settlers on the Northern Frontier of New Spain By Oakah L. Jones Jr. $29.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-2885-6 · 368 pages Little has been written about the colonists sent by Spanish authorities to settle the northern frontier of New Spain, to stake Spain’s claim and serve as a buffer against encroaching French explorers. “Los Paisanos,” they were called—simple country people who lived by their own labor, isolated, threatened by hostile Indians, and restricted by law from seeking opportunity elsewhere. They built their homes, worked their fields, and became permanent residents.


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Aztec Warfare Imperial Expansion and Political Control By Ross Hassig $26.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-2773-6 · 424 pages In exploring the pattern and methods of Aztec expansion, Ross Hassig focuses on political and economic factors. Because they lacked numerical superiority, faced logistical problems presented by the terrain, and competed with agriculture for manpower, the Aztecs relied as much on threats and the image of power as on military might to subdue enemies and hold them in their orbit. Hassig describes the role of war in the everyday life of the capital, Tenochtitlan.

Caudillos Dictators in Spanish America By Hugh M. Hamill $24.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-2428-5 · 384 pages In this major revision of the Borzoi Book Dictatorship in Spanish America, editor Hugh Hamill has presented conflicting interpretations of caudillismo in twenty-seven essays written by an international group of historians, anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists, journalists, and caudillos themselves.

An Analytical Dictionary of Nahuatl By Frances Karttunen $34.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-2421-6 · 384 pages This is a comprehensive modern dictionary of the major indigenous language of Mexico, the language of the Aztecs and many of their neighbors. Nahuatl speakers became literate within a generation of contact with Europeans, and a vast literature has been composed in Nahuatl beginning in the mid-sixteenth century and continuing to the present.

Time and Reality in the Thought of the Maya, 2nd ed By Miguel Leon-Portilla and Francis La Flesche $26.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-2308-0 · 254 pages In this second English-language edition of one of his most notable works, Miguel León-Portilla explores the Maya Indians’ remarkable concepts of time. At the book’s first appearance Evon Z. Vogt, Curator of Middle American Ethnology in Harvard University, predicted that it would become “a classic in anthropology,” a prediction borne out by the continuing critical attention given to it by leading scholars.

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Maya History and Religion By J. Thompson $29.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-2247-2 · 454 pages In this volume, a distinguished Maya scholar seeks to correlate data from colonial writings and observations of the modern Indian with archaeological information in order to extend and clarify the panorama of Maya culture.

Women in Prehistory By Margaret Ehrenberg $19.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-2237-3 · 208 pages Social attitudes in our culture have led to the assumption that early advances in human knowledge were the achievements of men; the role of women in prehistoric times has been largely overlooked. In this thought-provoking book, however, Margaret Ehrenberg argues that the true contribution of women especially in the discovery and development of agriculture was much greater than has been acknowledged to date.

Treatise on the Heathen Superstitions Taht Today Live Among the Indians Native to This New Spain, 1629 By Hernando Ruiz de Alarcon $39.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-2031-7 · 406 pages The Treatise of Hernando Ruiz de Alarcón is one of the most important surviving documents of early colonial Mexico. It was written in 1629 as an aid to Roman Catholic churchmen in their efforts to root out the vestiges of pre-Columbian Aztec religious beliefs and practices. For the student of Aztec religion and culture it is a valuable source of information.

A Guide to Ancient Maya Ruins, 2nd Edition By C. Bruce Hunter $21.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-1992-2 · 356 pages Since the publication of the first edition of this work, it has become the standard guide for serious travelers to the great Maya sites of Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. In this expanded and updated edition C. Bruce Hunter offers an introduction to the culture and history of the Maya, taking into account the most recent discoveries and theories about their origins, rise to greatness, and fall. He then takes the reader on a tour through their magnificent cities and ceremonial centers.

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2012 Catalog of New and Backlist titles focusing on Latin American history and culture

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