By Michael E. Smith
The Aztecs brings to existence one of many best-known indigenous civilizations of the Americas in a brilliant, entire account of the traditional Aztecs.
• an intensive exam of Aztec origins and civilization together with faith, technological know-how, and thought
• accommodates the most recent archaeological excavations and study into causes of the Spanish conquest and the continuity of Aztec tradition in principal Mexico
• increased assurance comprises key issues corresponding to writing, song, royal tombs, and Aztec predictions of the tip of the area
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In such a case, there seems to be a morality in allowing people to meet their basic needs through digging up and selling their heritage, if that is what they want to do. So here, we seem to have an alternative universal right – that people should be allowed to make their own decisions about their own past. On the whole we accept, and this is included in many UNESCO statements, that each nation state has the right to deal with its own past. But more recently, this right has been extended to non-state groups.
Parents in economically marginalized communities lose their children to urban jobs and children become ashamed of their poor and traditional parents. Both pride in heritage and the creation of local jobs can alleviate this situation, not as an attempt to reinter the past but as a way forward. When archaeologists equate continuity of cultural descent with authenticity, they contribute to an oppressive construction of tradition and community, in which indigenous or local claims to the right to manage and interpret the past entail some sort of ethnic posturing in the present.
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The Aztecs (3rd Edition) by Michael E. Smith