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Stories in red and black : pictorial histories of the Aztecs and Mixtecs

Author: Elizabeth Hill Boone
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"This investigation broadens our understanding of how preconquest Mexicans understood and presented themselves and how they used pictographic history for political and social ends. It also demonstrates how graphic writing systems developed, like mathematical or musical notation, to convey meaning directly and without a detour through speech, creating a broadly understood corpus of visual conventions that
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Boone, Elizabeth Hill.
Stories in red and black.
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2000
(OCoLC)607412658
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Hill Boone
ISBN: 0292708769 9780292708761 9780292719897 0292719892
OCLC Number: 40939882
Description: xiv, 296 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents: Configuring the past --
History and historians --
Writing in images --
Structures of history --
Mixtec genealogical histories --
Lienzos and tiras from Oaxaca and southern Puebla --
Stories of migration, conquest, and consolidation in the central valleys --
Aztec altepetl annals --
Histories with a purpose.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Hill Boone.
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"This investigation broadens our understanding of how preconquest Mexicans understood and presented themselves and how they used pictographic history for political and social ends. It also demonstrates how graphic writing systems developed, like mathematical or musical notation, to convey meaning directly and without a detour through speech, creating a broadly understood corpus of visual conventions that communicated effectively across ethnic and linguistic boundaries."

"This book will be important reading not only for scholars of ancient Mexico, but also for avocational students of Pre-Columbian history who want to learn to read the Aztec and Mixtec codices and learn their stories and legends. Likewise, it offers food for thought to scholars in a variety of disciplines who think comparatively about histories and/or graphic systems of communication."--Jacket.

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