Latin America


Latin America
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. Price and availability subject to change without notice.

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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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Indians and the Political Economy of Colonial Central America, 1670–1810
By Robert W. Patch $36.95s Cloth · 978-0-8061-4400-9 · 272 pages The history of relations between the Spanish and the Indians of colonial Central America, often oversimplified as a story of unending Spanish abuse, forms a complicated tapestry of economics and politics. Robert W. Patch’s even-handed study of the repartimiento de mercancías—the commercial dealings between regional magistrates and the people under their jurisdiction—reveals the inner workings of colonialism in Central America.

“Strange Lands and Different Peoples”
Spaniards and Indians in Colonial Guatemala By W. George Lovell and Christopher H. Lutz With Wendy Kramer and William R. Swezey $45.00s Cloth · 978-0-8061-4390-3 · 288 pages Guatemala emerged from the clash between Spanish invaders and Maya cultures that began five centuries ago. The conquest of these “rich and strange lands,” as Hernán Cortés called them, and their “many different peoples” was brutal and prolonged. “Strange Lands and Different Peoples” examines the myriad ramifications of Spanish intrusion, especially Maya resistance to it and the changes that took place in native life because of it.

The Mixtecs of Oaxaca
Ancient Times to the Present By Ronald Spores and Andrew K. Balkansky $45.00s Cloth · 978-0-8061-4381-1 · 328 pages In this comprehensive survey, Ronald Spores and Andrew K. Balkansky— both preeminent scholars of Mixtec civilization—synthesize a wealth of archaeological, historical, and ethnographic data to trace the emergence and evolution of Mixtec civilization from the time of earliest human occupation to the present.

Politics of the Maya Court
Hierarchy and Change in the Late Classic Period By Sarah E. Jackson $29.95s Cloth · 978-0-8061-4341-5 · 248 pages Politics of the Maya Court uses hieroglyphic and iconographic evidence to explore the composition and social significance of royal courts in the Late Classic period (A.D. 600–900), with a special emphasis on the role of courtly elites.

Translating Maya Hieroglyphs
By Scott A. J. Johnson $34.95s Cloth · 978-0-8061-4333-0 · 320 pages Maya hieroglyphic writing may seem impossibly opaque to beginning students, but scholar Scott A. J. Johnson presents it as a regular and comprehensible system in this engaging, easy-to-follow textbook.

Pre-Columbian Art & Archaeology
Essays in Honor of Frederick R. Mayer By Margaret Young-Sanchez $25.00s Paper · 978-0-8061-4381-3 · 144 pages Distributed for the Denver Art Museum Symposia presented at the Denver Art Museum in 2002 and 2007 focused, respectively, on pre-Columbian art in the museum collection and the art and archaeology of ancient Costa Rica. Edited by Denver Art Museum curator Margaret Young-Sánchez, this lavishly illustrated volume brings together newly revised and expanded symposium papers from pre-Columbian scholars, while paying tribute to the legacy of Denver philanthropist Frederick R. Mayer—a generous supporter of archaeological and art historical research, scientific analysis, and scholarly publication. 


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Crisis of Governance in Maya Guatemala
Indigenous Responses to a Failing State Edited by John P. Hawkins, James H. McDonald, and Walter Randolph Adams $19.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-4345-3 · 280 pages Crisis of Governance in Maya Guatemala explores the causes and consequences of governmental failure by focusing on life in two K’iche’ Maya communities in the country’s western highlands.

The New Catalog of Maya Hieroglyphs
Volume One: The Classic Period Inscriptions By Martha J. Macri and Matthew G. Looper $34.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-4381-6 · 394 pages The New Catalog is a guide to all known hieroglyphic symbols of Classic Maya script, presenting the findings of the most reliable scholars in Maya epigraphy. An essential resource for students of Maya texts, it is also accessible to nonspecialists with an interest in Mesoamerica.

Shamans, Witches, and Maya Priests
Native Religion and Ritual in Highland Guatemala By Krystyna Deuss $55.00s Paper · 978-0-8061-4381-7 · 334 pages Distributed for Guatemalan Maya Centre Enlivened with 102 photographs and 50 figures and maps, Shamans, Witches, and Maya Priests explores the “old ways” that still prevail in the Q’anjob’al, Akatek, and Chuj communities of the remote northwestern Cuchumatán Mountains. Krystyna Deuss provides vivid descriptions and images of the traditional rites and rituals she witnessed during fifteen years of fieldwork. These sacred moments include blood sacrifices for the good of the community and private shamanic rituals—as well as black magic.

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 Distributed For Denver Art Museum 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.

Indian Conquistadors
Indigenous Allies in the Conquest of Mesoamerica Edited by Laura E. Matthew and Michel R. Oudijk $45.00s Cloth · 978-0-8061-3854-1 · 368 pages $24.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-4325-5 · 368 pages 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.

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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 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.

Mesoamerican Memory
Enduring Systems of Remembrance Edited by Amos Megged and Stephanie Wood $55.00s Cloth · 978-0-8061-4235-7 · 328 pages 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.

Maya Exodus
Indigenous Struggle for Citizenship in Chiapas By Heidi Moksnes $26.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-4292-0 · 280 pages 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. Anthropologist Heidi Moksnes describes how Catholic Maya in the municipality of Chenalhó in Chiapas, Mexico, have changed their position vis-à-vis the Mexican state—from being loyal clients dependent on a patron, to being citizens who have rights—as a means of exodus from poverty.

National Narratives in Mexico

A History By Enrique Florescano
Translated by Nancy Hancock
 Drawings by Raúl Velázquez $65.00s Cloth · 978-0-8061-3701-8 · 448 pages $29.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-4318-7 · 448 pages If history is written by the victors, then as the rulers of a nation change, so too does its history. 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.

Transcending Conquest

Nahua Views of Spanish Colonial Mexico By Stephanie Wood $36.95s Cloth · 978-0-8061-3486-4 · 228 pages $24.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-4303-3 · 228 pages 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.


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Engaging Ancient Maya Sculpture at Piedras Negras, Guatemala
By Megan E. O’Neil $55.00s Cloth · 978-0-8061-4257-9 · 328 pages 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.

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.

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.

Companion to Spanish Colonial Art at the Denver Art Museum
By Donna Pierce $19.95s Paper · 978-0-914738-78-7 · 106 pages Distributed for the Denver Art Museum 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.

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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 $24.95s Cloth · 978-0-8061-3234-1 · 256 pages $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. In this recently discovered manuscript, published here for the first time in English, editors Robert Ryal Miller and William J. Orr identify obscure references, translate Nahuatl words, amplify details, and verify historical events. Daily Life in Colonial Mexico is a welcome addition to the firsthand literature of New Spain.

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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.

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. 

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.

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, he came to Mexico in 1571 to establish the Inquisition and later became archbishop and viceroy for the region. This new edition of Stafford Poole’s definitive portrait of Moya de Contreras, first published in 1971, now offers an expanded understanding of this enigmatic figure’s influence on the development of New Spain.


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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.

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 Distributed for the Denver Art Museum 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.

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.

Salt of the Mountain
Campa Asháninka History and Resistance in the Peruvian Jungle By Stefano Varese $29.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-3512-0 · 272 pages For four centuries, the indigenous Campa Asháninkas of the Peruvian Amazon have fought for their identity and independence in the face of Spanish colonialism and Peruvian national expansionism. Stefano Varese originally wrote about the Campa Asháninkas in the mid-1960s after three seasons of field research among them and three years of archival research, titling his book La Sal de Los Cerros after the conquered Mountain of Salt that had been the center of Camp Asháninka trade and power for millennia. Updated with a new preface and introduction by the author, Salt of the Mountain makes Varese’s classic work of anthropology available in English for the first time.

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Alphabet of the World
Selected Works by Eugenio Montejo Edited by Kirk Nesset $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.

A Perfect Gibraltar
The Battle for Monterrey, Mexico, 1846 By Christopher D. Dishman $34.95s Cloth · 978-0-8061-4140-4 · 344 pages For three days in the fall of 1846, U.S. and Mexican soldiers fought fiercely in the picturesque city of Monterrey, turning the northern Mexican town, known for its towering mountains and luxurious gardens, into one of the nineteenth century’s most gruesome battlefields. Chris D. Dishman conveys in a vivid narrative the intensity and drama of the Battle of Monterrey, which marked the first time U.S. troops engaged in prolonged urban combat.

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.

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. Authors Martha J. Macri and Gabrielle Vail provide a comprehensive listing of graphemes found in the Dresden, Madrid, and Paris codices, 40 percent of which are unique to these painted manuscripts, and discuss current and past interpretations of these graphemes.


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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

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 Distributed for the Denver Art Museum 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.

The Arts of South America, 1492–1850
By Donna Pierce $39.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-9976-4 · 224 pages Distributed for the Denver Art Museum 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. Specialists in the arts and history of Latin America traveled from Venezuela, Spain, Portugal, and the United States to present recent research. The topics ranged from architecture, painting, and sculpture to furniture and the decorative arts. Edited by Denver Art Museum curator Donna Pierce, this volume presents revised and expanded versions of the papers presented at the symposium.

Asia and Spanish America

Trans-Pacific Artistic and Cultural Exchange, 1500–1850 By Ronald Otsuka Edited by Donna Pierce $39.95 Paper · 978-0-8061-9973-3 · 208 pages Distributed for the Denver Art Museum The Denver Art Museum held a symposium in 2006 to examine a little-known aspect of globalization in the early modern era. Specialists in the arts and history of Asia and Latin America came from Europe, Asia, and the Americas to present recent research on connections between the two areas. 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.

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Volume I $80.00s Cloth 978-0-8061-3817-6 464 pages

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

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

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 Distributed for the Gilcrease Museum 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.

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. Stafford Poole’s biography of Juan de Ovando provides an intimate view of the day-to-day influence letrados wielded over the Spanish colonial machine.

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 Distributed for the Denver Art Museum 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.


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Game Without End
State Terror and the Politics of Justice By Jaime Malamud-Goti $29.95s Cloth · 978-0-8061-2826-9 · 256 pages $24.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-3977-7 · 256 pages During the “dirty war” of the 1970s, the military junta that controlled Argentina was responsible for the kidnapping, torturing, and killing of thousands. In 1985, democratically elected president Raul Alfónsín decreed that former commanders of the dictatorship be tried for human rights abuses. In Game Without End, Jaime Malamud-Goti argues that, by scapegoating a few former leaders and prosecuting only certain violations, the trials helped politicize the national judiciary, whose duty it was to implement democratic principles.

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. Voices from Exile is the authentic story of one group of Mayas from the Kuchumatan highlands who fled into Mexico and sought refuge there. Montejo’s combination of autobiography, history, political analysis, and testimonial narrative offers a profound exploration of state terror and its inescapable human cost.

Nahuatl Theatre
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.

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

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

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Feeding Chilapa
The Birth, Life, and Death of a Mexican Region By Chris Kyle $45.00s Cloth · 978-0-8061-3920-3 · 288 pages $26.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-3921-0 · 288 pages Feeding Chilapa traces the emergence of Chilapa as a textile center in the late eighteenth century, the reorganization of the city’s hinterland in the midnineteenth century, and the ultimate dissolution of the region in the midtwentieth century. Kyle offers a new perspective on the immigration debate, exploring the factors that lead rural citizens to leave economically depressed regions for larger Mexican cities, border industries, or the United States.

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.

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.

Edited by Barry D. Sell and Louise M. Burkhart

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

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

Volume 4 $49.95s Cloth 978-0-8061-4010-0 368 pages


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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.

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.

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 long-standing male bias in writing about ancient Native American lifeways.

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.

Prehistoric Mesoamerica
Third Edition By Richard E. W. Adams $32.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-3702-5 · 544 pages This up-to-date overview of Mesoamerican cultures provides an introduction to Mesoamerican studies, a brief geographic sketch of the region, and a summary of the major features of its civilizations. Adams follows with a detailed examination of each period of Mesoamerican cultural history, from early prehistoric times through the rise and fall of various city-states to the ascendancy and ultimate fall of the Aztec Empire.

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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.

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 pre-Columbian Borgia Group of manuscripts, it is the only synthetic interpretation of divinatory and ritual codices from Mexico.

Visions of Paradise
Primordial Titles and Mesoamerican History in Cuernavaca By Robert Haskett $49.95s Cloth · 978-0-8061-3586-1 · 352 pages Cuernavaca, often called the “Mexican Paradise” or “Land of Eternal Spring,” has a deep, rich history. Formerly called Cuauhnahuac, the city was renamed by the Spanish in the sixteenth century when Hernando Cortés built his stone palacio on its main square and thrust Cuernavaca into the colonial age. In Visions of Paradise, Robert Haskett presents a history of Cuernavaca, basing his account on an important body of late-seventeenth-century historical records known as primordial titles, written by still unknown members of the Native population.

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.

In Place of Gods and Kings
Authorship and Identity in the Relación de Michoacán By Cynthia L. Stone $54.95s Cloth · 978-0-8061-3311-9 · 328 pages In Place of Gods and Kings presents a new reading of an important manuscript that has long been considered the foremost colonial-era source for information related to the indigenous inhabitants of the Mexican state of Michoacán.


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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.

Mesoamerican Elites
An Archaeological Assessment By Diane Z. Chase, Arlen F. Chase $25.96 Paper · 978-0-8061-3542-7 · 390 pages In Mesoamerican Elites, Diane Z. Chase and Arlen F. Chase present a wide variety of essays, all of which evaluate current archaeological knowledge of the privileged ruling classes, or elites, in Mesoamerica. Some experts argue that Mesoamerican societies consisted only of elites and peasants, while others argue that considerable intermediate social levels also existed. In light of such diverse opinions, this volume addresses problems in the interpretation of archaeological evidence regarding ancient Mesoamerican social structure.

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.

From Peasant Struggles to Indian Resistance
The Ecuadorian Andes in the Late Twentieth Century By Amalia Pallares $44.95s Cloth · 978-0-8061-3459-8 · 288 pages Drawing on extensive research in her native Ecuador, Amalia Pallares examines the South American Indian movement in the Ecuadorian Andes and explains its shift from class politics to racial politics in the late twentieth century. Pallares uses an interdisciplinary approach to explore the reasons why indigenous Ecuadorians have bypassed their shared class status with other peasant groups and movements in favor of a political identity based on their unique ethnicity as Indians.

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Four Creations
An Epic Story of the Chiapas Mayas By Gary H. Gossen $55.00s Cloth · 978-0-8061-3331-7 · 896 pages Four Creations is a collection of seventy-four stories told to Gary H. Gossen by Tzotzil Maya storytellers in San Juan Chamula, Mexico. Spanning four cycles of creations, destructions, and restorations from the dawn of cosmic order to the present era, this epic history reveals a distinctly Maya vision of the universe, grand in scope yet leavened with local humor, irony, and the Tzotzil narrators’ own critical commentaries.

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. Maudslay played a crucial role in exploring and documenting the monuments and architecture of the ancient Maya ruins at Palengue Copán, Chichén Itzá, and other sites previously unknown. His photographs and plaster casts have proven to be invaluable in the deciphering of Maya hieroglyphics. Personal resources allowed him to undertake fieldwork at a time when no institution provided such support.

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.

Secret Judgments of God
Old World Disease in Colonial Spanish America By Noble David Cook and W. George Lovell $19.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-3377-5 · 312 pages In the wake of European expansion, disease outbreaks in the New World caused the greatest loss of life known to history. Post-contact Native American inhabitants succumbed in staggering numbers to maladies such as smallpox, measles, influenza, and typhus, against which they had no immunity. A collection of case studies by historians, geographers, and anthropologists, “Secret Judgments of God” discusses how diseases with Old World origins devastated vulnerable native populations throughout Spanish America. In their preface to the paperback edition, the editors discuss the ongoing, often heated debate about contact population history.

Pancho Villa’s Revolution by Headlines
By Mark Cronlund Anderson $19.95s Paper · 978-0-8061-3375-1 · 320 pages This colorful history of Pancho Villa as a propagandist tells how the legendary guerrilla waged war not only on the battlefield but also in the mass media, where he promoted his foreign policy of friendship with the United States in a bid to gain American backing for the Mexican Revolution between 1913 and 1915.


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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.”
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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.

Picturing Faith
A Facsimile Edition of the Pictographic Quechua Catechism in the Huntington Free Library By Barbara H. Jaye and William P. Mitchell $24.95s Cloth · 978-0-8061-9949-8 · 76 pages After the conquest of the Americas in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Roman Catholic clergy developed graphic catechisms to use for the conversion of native inhabitants in Latin America. This book presents and analyzes a mid-nineteenth century Andean pictographic catechism produced for speakers of Quechua. A facsimile of the original pictographs is accompanied by supporting text in English (translated from the original Spanish) and Quechua.

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.

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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.

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.

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. Pasztory has placed these major works of Pre-Columbian art in a historical context, relating them to the reigns of individual rulers, events in Aztec history, and the needs of different social groups from the elite to the farmer. She focuses on the little-known aspects of the aesthetics, poetry and humanity of the Aztecs.

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