The Chronicles of Michoacan
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
xxiii+259 pages with frontispiece and 42 plates from the original manuscript in the Escorial in Madrid, map and 2 appendices, with index. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 1/2") bound in original publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering to spine in original jacket. University of Oklahoma Indian Series volume 98. First edition.
For more than a thousand years, Michoacan has been the home of the Purhepecha Indians (more popularly known as the Tarascans). The modern state of Michoacan preserves, to some extent, the territorial integrity of the pre-Columbian Kingdom of the Purhepecha. This kingdom was one of the most prosperous and extensive empires in the pre-Hispanic Mesoamerican world. The name Michoacan derives from the Nahuatl terms, michin (fish) and hua (those who have) and can (place) which roughly translates into "place of the fisherman."Because the Purhepecha culture lacks a written language, its origin and early history are shrouded in mystery. Its stories, legends and customs pass from one generation to the next through oral traditions. A Tarascan origin myth relates the story of how Curicaueri, the fire god, and his brother gods founded the settlements along Lake Patzcuaro. The primary source of information about the cultural and social history of the Purhepecha Indians is Relacion de Michoacan (published in English as The Chronicles of Michoacan), which was dedicated as a gift to Don Antonio de Mendoza, the first Viceroy of Nueva Espana (1535-1550). Professor Bernardino Verastique's Michoacan and Eden: Vasco de Quiroga and the Evangeliztion of Western Mexico, frequently cites "The Chronicles" in his recent publication and is an excellent source of information about the history of Michoacan in general.
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