A Curator’s Look at Indigenous Mapping in the Early Americas (1500–1575)

John Hessler

Three-part Zoom Webinar Series, 7–7:45pm EST
Wednesday, May 27; Monday, June 1; Wednesday, 3 June

Due to Zoom’s restrictions, this event is limited to 290 people and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The history of the earliest contact between the peoples of Europe and the Indigenous cultures of the Americas produced some of the most historically important and rare pieces of cartography ever created. The Nahuatl and Mixtec cultures of Mexico made maps unlike those of Europeans, and used a complex combination of hieroglyphs, iconography, and land measurement to produce beautiful examples of cartography that are at once histories, legal documents, and ethnobotanical records. This series of three seminars will introduce participants to the materials, language, and the artists who made three of the most important of these cartographic histories to survive from the sixteenth century—the Oztoticpac Lands Map, the Codex Quetzalecatzin, and the Huexotzinco Codex—all of which are in the collections of the Library of Congress.

This three-part webinar series will run from 7 to 7:45pm EST, Wednesday, 27 May; Monday, 1 June; Wednesday, 3 June. Each session will consist of a 30-minute lecture followed by 15 minutes for Q&A. The lecture portion of each session will be recorded.

Part 1: Wednesday, 27 May. ​”Is it true that one lives on the earth? A cartographer’s view of the Oztoticpac Lands Map”

Part 2: Monday, 1 June. “​​Land and Symbol: Reading the Mixtec-Puebla Mapa [Codex] Quetzalecatzin”

​Part 3: Wednesday, 3 June. “The Lands of Cortes: the Complex Geography & Manuscript History of the Huexotzinco Codex”

Everyone is welcome to attend. To ensure the security of the event, advance registration is required; to register, click here.

Your registration will be automatically accepted. You will receive an email reminder the day before each session in the series. The day of the series, we will send you the Zoom URL and password. Please direct any questions to RBS Programs at (rbs-events@virginia.edu).