Aztlan. The very mention of the word itself conjures up images of our glorious Xikano heritage - images of a past firmly rooted in Ixachilan, these lands which are now known as the "American" continents. Aztlan is our ancestral homeland - "The place of white herons" where our Aztekah ancestors lived for countless years before migrating to the south. The history of their journey, passed down through the oral and written traditions of our people is the foundation of our Native identities. It is a story which every Xikano should know.
The exact location of Aztlan remains a controversial subject, with theories placing it anywhere from the southwestern United States to the valley of Mexiko. And in all likelihood, itâs entirely possible that more than one Aztlan exists. After all, locations known as "Tula" can be found throughout the Mexikan nation. In this book I explore the possibility that Aztlan is located in the four corners area, a region which geographically and culturally lends itself to this idea.
The belief that Aztlan is located in the four corners (modern Utah to be exact) is not a new one. Mexikah leader and teacher Andres Segura (may he rest in peace) taught that we are the descendants of the people now called the Anasazi, and that our true homeland rests in the four corners region. But this belief is not confined to Mexikah spiritual leaders. Academics such as Dr. Cecilio Orozco of California State University and Dr. Antoon Vollemaere of the Flemish Institute for American Cultures have both done extensive research placing our ancestral homeland in Utah.
The search for Aztlan took an exciting turn when it was revealed that the map used for the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo between the U.S. and Mexiko has a location marking the "ancient homeland of the Aztecs" in Utah. By signing a treaty based on this map, the United States recognized this area as the traditional homeland of our people, and is bound by international law to acknowledge that we are the original inhabitants of this land. This in itself obliterates the notion that our people can ever be considered "illegal immigrants." Yet despite the historical, anthropological, and archeological evidence which proves our people once inhabited (and continue to inhabit) these lands, Aztlan remains down-played by some as the "mythological homeland" of our people.
By referring to our homeland as a myth, the validity of our very people (and struggle) as a whole comes into question. After all, if the place we come from is a myth, wouldn't this mean that we are myths ourselves as well? And if we as a people are nothing more than myths, then so must be our heritage and historical ties to this land. Obviously we are not a mythological people, and our ties to this land are very real. Imagine the audacity of teaching that Black people come from a mythological place called Africa or that the Chinese are from a mythological place called China. The very idea is both racist and absurd. Yet we are expected to believe that the history of our people is not relevant. We are taught that Aztlan is a complete fabrication and that our heritage is just something we happened to make up.
The fact that eight Nawatlakah, or Nawatl speaking nations, migrated south into present day Mexiko from Aztlan is a significant part of our history, as it ties our Indigenous heritage to both north and central "America." This serves as a constant reminder that our blood runs deeper into these lands than that of any European. But perhaps this is where the entire "Aztlan is a myth" idea came from in the first place. By making our Indigenous heritage nothing more than "mythology," the United States has managed to destroy our connection to this land. They have also imposed a false "Hispanic/Latino" identity on our people, making us easier to control. "What are you guys complaining about?" They will ask us. "Your ancestors stole this land from the Native people anyway!" And since they have us running around calling ourselves "Hispanic/Latinos" (white Europeans) we don't even realize that our ancestors WERE the Native people. Obviously, if we all identified with our Indigenous heritage it would make things difficult for the American power structure. They would actually have to admit that Xikanos and Mexikanos are a nation of Native people, and white Europeans are actually the "illegal aliens."
This book brings many things to light as far as the Mexikah history goes. I had been interested in doing research on indigenous "religion" which turned out to be a philosophy and... Read morePublished on December 13, 2011 by TheMonsta
The book is great - informative and intriguing.
This book really opened my eyes and it indeed changed what i do with my free time. Read more