Los Antiguos Mexicanos: A Traves de sus Cronicas y Cantares

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Author: Portilla, Miguel Leon (1926- ) From the library of Alfonso Ortiz

Year: 1976

Publisher: Fondo de Cultura Economica

Place: Mexico City


198 pages with diagrams, bibliography and index. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 3/4") issued in red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and gilt pictorial to front cover. From the library of Alfonso Ortiz with his stamp on front and back end papers. Drawings by Alberto Beltran. Limited to 5000 copies of which this is number 1659. Reprint. First published in 1961.

Ortiz was most famous for his book The Tewa World: Space, Time, Being, and Becoming in a Pueblo Society (1969). In this book he explained how the Tewa-speaking Indians of northern New Mexico perceive the universe. He had a unique, insider opportunity to write about the Pueblo people as he was a member of that native group and an anthropologist. He first became interested in writing the book when, through his studies, he came to realize that many of the current texts on the Pueblo people were incorrect. However, in The Tewa World, he wrote about some religious secrets of his people. As a result of divulging this privileged information, he offended some of the tribal elders. Ortiz said in his defense that most of what he published was already widely known; he simply began "weaving the threads into a coherent theory."


Points moderately rubbed, Ortiz Beltran's stamp on front and back end papers, jacket lightly soiled. A better than very good copy in a near fine jacket.

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