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The Complete Codex Zouche-Nuttall


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Table of Contents

  • Foreword, by Rex Koontz
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. The First Historian of the New World
  • Chapter 2. Historiography and Native History
  • Chapter 3. Reading Techniques
  • Chapter 4. Document 1 (Obverse), Part 1, Pages 1-13: Lord Eight Wind
  • Chapter 5. Document 1 (Obverse), Part IIA, Pages 14-19: The Ladies Three Flint
  • Chapter 6. Document 1 (Obverse), Part IIA continued, Pages 20-21: The War from Heaven and Lady One Death
  • Chapter 7. Document 1 (Obverse), Part IIB, Pages 22-35: Genealogies
  • Chapter 8. Document 1 (Obverse), Part IIIA-B, Pages 36-41: The Four Lords from Apoala
  • Chapter 9. Document 1 (Obverse): Discussion and Interpretation
  • Chapter 10. Document 2 (Reverse), Pages 42-84: Introduction to the Political Biography of Eight Deer Jaguar Claw of Tilantongo
  • Chapter 11. Document 2 (Reverse), Sections 1-6, Pages 42-50: Parentage Statement, Childhood Military Career, Chalcatongo Event, Transition from Chalcatongo to Tututepec, Eight Deer as Lord of Tututepec.
  • Chapter 12. Document 2 (Reverse), Sections 7-12, Pages 51-74: Eight Deer's Toltec Alliance through the Conquests with the Toltecs
  • Chapter 13. Document 2 (Reverse), Sections 13-14, Pages 75-84: The Battle in the Sky through the Siege of Hua Chino
  • Chapter 14. The Four Voices of Mixtec History
  • Appendix 1. The Mixtec Calendar
  • Appendix 2. Occurrence of 260-Day Sacred Calendars in the 365-Day Mixtec Solar Calendar
  • Appendix 3. The Cycle of 260 Days (Tonalpohualli)
  • Appendix 4. The Calendrics of Codex Zouche-Nuttall Pages 42-84
  • Appendix 5. The Mixtec Calendar Cycle Correspondences from Byland and Pohl (1994)
  • Appendix 6. The Complete Mixtec/Aztec Calendar
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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With a full-colour reproduction of the entire codex and the first modern commentary in English on the pre-Hispanic history it records, The Complete Codex Zouche-Nuttall unlocks the social and political cosmos of the ancient Mixtec

About the Author

Robert Lloyd Williams has studied the Mixtec codices since the 1980s and taught courses on them in the Mixtec Codex Workshop, which he cofounded with John M. D. Pohl, for twelve years. He is presently Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Texas State University-San Marcos. His first book was Lord Eight Wind of Suchixtlan and the Heroes of Ancient Oaxaca: Reading History in the Codex Zouche-Nuttall.


"Williams' primary aim is to provide the first close reading and explication of the full Codex Zouche-Nuttall in the English language, a task he unquestionably succeeds. The broader appeal of this volume, however, derives from Williams' engagement with questions of meaning and communication: how certain can modern readers be of what this codex says, when it relies almost exclusively on narrative pictography and symbolic tableaux rather than linguistically specific signs? [...] Every serious student of Mesoamerican anthropology or epigraphy should own a copy of this work. More generally, scholars interested in semiotics, literacy, memory and performance will find in The Complete Codex Zouche-Nuttall a fascinating example of how a past society recorded its history in a linguistically 'open' script." - Social Anthropology

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