University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: John Monaghan

The Feathered Serpent in Oaxaca

An Approach to the Study of the Mixteca Codices

By: John Monaghan

The Mixteca region of the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Puebla, and Guerrero is the home of one of the largest Native American groups in southern Meso¬≠america (Fig. 1). Over 250,000 Mixtec speakers live in the dozens of small communities scattered throughout the high, dry lands of the Mixteca Baja, the cool forested mountains of the […]


The Ways of The Maya

Salt Production in Sacapulas, Guatemala

By: Ruben E. Reina and John Monaghan

Guatemalans of Maya ancestry, living in rural communities, possess a wide variety of skills and technologies for the manu¬≠facture of domestically needed items. Men and women of each community are known throughout the highlands for the production of one or two of these articles, which are distributed through a well-established market system. Whether the specialty […]