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Volume 50 / Humanities

HISTORY: ETHNOHISTORY


Mesoamerica

S.L. CLINE, Associate Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara

RECENT PUBLICATIONS in Mesoamerican ethnohistory continue to be of two major types: texts in Spanish and native languages, and analytical studies in the form of articles and monographs. Several publication series are worthy of note. One is from the Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México, which in this period has published two outstanding facsimile editions: the 16th-century confessional manual in Nahuatl and Spanish by Alonso de Molina (item bi 88000291), and a facsimile of one of Bernardino de Sahagún's early major works, the Coloquios de 1524 (item bi 89003898). Another UNAM publication series is of the well-known Relaciones geográficas of the late 16th century (item bi 88000295). Available for review in this section were the volumes containing all the known Relaciones geográficas for Oaxaca and the full-length Relación for Tlaxcala, especially important for its pictorials. A newly initiated publication series at UCLA, the Nahuatl Studies Series, under the editorship of James Lockhart, has thus far produced two publications, The Testaments of Culhuacan (see HLAS 48:1570), and under review in this volume, the huehuetlatolli found in the Bancroft Library (item bi 88000281). These are of great importance to ethnohistorians and linguists.

A new dimension in ethnohistorical studies for the Nahua area is the utilization of local-level documentation in Nahuatl to construct the world-view of the Indians through their eyes. Most notable at this time is the full-length study of late 16th-century Culhuacan, based entirely on information in Nahuatl wills (item bi 88000478). James Lockhart's discussion of the life and work of Charles Gibson goes into some detail about this recent development in Nahua historical studies (item bi 89003917). Two articles by Robert Haskett using Nahuatl materials merit special attention (items bi 89003839 and bi 89003840).

Ethnohistorical studies using more traditional sources also make valuable contributions. Outstanding among those are Ross Hassig's study of the pre- and post-conquest political economy of central Mexico (item bi 88000279). Elías Zamora Acosta's study of the 16th-century highland Maya (item bi 88000301) and Michel Graulich's interpretive work on Nahua ritual and myth (item bi 89003838) are also worthy of mention.

Several articles on Mesoamerican ethnohistory have, as usual, found their outlets in the well-regarded pages of Estudios de Cultura Nahuatl (items bi 89003831, bi 88003060, and bi 88003062), and Ethnohistory (items bi 89003845 and bi 89000967). The journal Mesoamerica is publishing articles of increasingly high quality.

Finally, a new publication series by the SUNY/Albany Institute for Mesoamerican Studies has produced two major anthologies of articles so far. The first, edited by Gary Gossen, broadly encompasses Mesoamerican ideas and is dedicated to ethnohistorians Eva Hunt and Thelma Sullivan (item bi 88000300). The second is a collection of essays on the life and work of Bernardino de Sahagún, dedicated to Wigberto Jiménez Moreno. This volume is nothing less than indispensable for anyone working on Mesoamerican ethnohistory (item bi 88000284). These two IMS publications, dedicated to the memories of major scholars of Mesoamerican ethnohistory, remind us that our work builds on the scholarship of those who have gone before us.


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