Food For The Ancestors A close look at the
Days of the Dead (Dias de los Muertos). The festival
during the last week in October. "Homes
and public places are decorated with symbols of the holiday --
marigolds, skulls and skeletons, and food. For each family, the
holiday is a remembrance of a departed loved one. On a larger
scale, it is also remembrance of all ancestral Mexicans and of
the gifts that they passed on to their descendants, especially
food and culture. For Mexicans food is central to their culture, the
key to their whole history."
Images of the Maya IMAGES OF THE MAYA, a travelling exhibit of textiles and
photographs produced by the Florida Museum of Natural
History. "Intricately woven and embroidered garments from
Chiapas are exhibited with Jeffrey J. Foxx's award-winning
photographs. Together these provide a rich visual portrayal
of the daily and ceremonial life of the Maya of Mexico."
Tlatelolco Massacre Learn about Mexico's "Tiananmen Square, Mexico's Kent State" -- "... when the pact between the
government and the people began to come apart and Mexico's extended political crisis
Presents about 30 documents on the crisis, primarily scans of reports and summaries...in graphic format, so allow some time to download.
CEH Online Report Guatemala: Memory of Silence (Memoria del Silencio).
" United States demonstrated that it was willing to provide support for strong military
regimes in its strategic backyard. In the case of Guatemala, military assistance was directed
towards reinforcing the national intelligence apparatus and for training the officer corps in
counterinsurgency techniques, key factors which had significant bearing on human rights violations
during the armed confrontation."
The Cuban Experience ThinkQuest. The History section details: A Timeline of events from before the 1500s to
the 20th Century.
Latin America Link Designed to serve as a comprehensive Latin American Studies reference for high school teachers and students, with a collection of evaluated World Wide Web sites on cultural, social, historical, economic and political features of Latin America.
Retablo History "Retablos appeared after the Spanish conquest of Mexico, as the desire to possess a sacred object which would ensure health, fertility, and abundance of crops, led to a transfer of beliefs from pagan images to those of the Catholic Church."
Cinco de Mayo A focus on the 5th of May, celebrated in the United States among the
Mexican-American population, especially in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. "Various Mexican-American societies use the celebrations to commemorate the overthrow of the Mexican Imperial Monarchy headed by Maximilian of Austria."
MEXICAN REVOLUTION Provides a summary of the Mexican Revolution, a Timeline, graphics and links to related sites.
Investigating the Inca Empire: Saraguro, Ecuador Contains a well written general introduction to the Inca and a description of the "Strategies of Conquest and Control in the Saraguro Region of Ecuador." The strategies expansionist states used in acquiring and governing new provinces is one of those difficult themes (Empire Building) in World History.
Unearthing South America To air: (remaining dates) November 27 and January 1, 1998. The site includes the featured resources for the exploration theme this Fall: Program Overview, Academic Standards, Vocabulary, Study Questions, Activities, Related Resources. The study questions include factual focus questions followed by more general discussion questions. The program is copyright-cleared for classroom use until December 30, 1998.
A very nice feature of the site (and others in the series) is the Vocabulary link, which plays a short audio of the vocabulary item. The word is pronounced clearly and then used in a complete sentence.
Rabbit In The Moon Mayan Glyphs And Architecture. See major links to: Mayan Hieroglyphics, Your Name In Glyphs, Calendar, The Talking Syllabary, Yucatec Sound Files and Language Chart, Pyramid, Exhibits, Instructional Materials, Resources.
Abya Yala Net A project of the South and Meso American Indian Rights Center
(SAIIC) in colaboration with NativeWeb. This site presents information on
Indigenous peoples in Mexico, Central, and South America.
ICE MUMMIES OF THE INCA
ELECTRONIC EXPEDITION. Follow an archaeological expedition to unearth frozen Inca mummies sacrificed more than 500 years ago. Read "...dispatches and view photographs
sent by the team from the mountain's summit, obtain background information
about mummies and high-altitude climbing, and send email to the team, who
will respond from the excavation site."
RETAnet Resources for Teaching about the Americas. Resources and curriculum materials about Latin America, the Spanish Caribbean, and the US Southwest. The lesson plans (over 65 lesson plans dealing with Latin America, the Caribbean and culture studies) incorporate the study of Latin America into various subjects.
Aztecs-LBMS Created and maintained by Luther Burbank Middle School.
Maya/Aztec/Inca Exchange Lords of the Earth. Links to the "...history, geography, geology, astronomy, archaeology, anthropology and art forms related to the Americas before Christopher Columbus's discovery."
LADARK "LADARK contains data sets and other information useful to scholars who are doing research on Latin American development." These materials may be freely copied for scholarly research and educational purposes.
The Cuban American Media Web Analyses of contemporary Latin and Latino cultural identity inpatria and diaspora cultures throughout the Americas. See the Digital Film and Hypertextual Essay Exhibit. A click on "Cuban Missle Crisis" revealed a page with a collection of primary resource material on the crisis called "Collective Memories of the Cuban Missile Crisis."