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A 20-slide-long Powerpoint presentation that you can download for free. Aimed at teachers in schools where Mexicolore has made a team presentation, the sequence can be used independently or, ideally, …

A 20-slide-long Powerpoint presentation that you can download for free. Aimed at teachers in schools where Mexicolore has made a team presentation, the sequence can be used independently or, ideally, as follow-up to one of Mexicolore's in-school workshops.

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  • 1. Graciela’s family Can you spot Graciela and Ian?
  • 2. The ‘petate’ In the codex picture, a couple are getting married on the petate; the old folk round about them are giving them plenty of advice for the future! Petates are still used today in Mexico… More info: aztecs.org: aztefacts: a people's bed
  • 3. Tenochtitlan A city of up to 250,000 people – 5 times the size of London in those days! Can you see the 3 main causeways linking the city to the mainland? And the volcanoes of Iztaccíhuatl (left) and Popocatépetl (right)?
  • 4. The Year ‘One-Flint’ In the codex picture, the Aztecs are leaving their mythical homeland of Aztlán; can you spot the year sign? Their tribal god Huitzilopochtli is in the mountain glyph on the right. More info: aztecs.org: aztefacts: who were the Mexica?
  • 5. Mexico vs UK Mexico is 8 times the size of the United Kingdom and 15 times the size of England on its own…
  • 6. More info: aztecs.org: aztec life: 'Tiger Top' The Aztecs used all 5 of the basic ways to make clothes…
  • 7. The ‘Quechquémitl’
  • 8. The National Emblem By law it appears on every Mexican coin. ‘Estados Unidos Mexicanos’ means The United States of Mexico
  • 9. More info: aztecs.org: aztec life: 'Tiger Top' The Aztecs used all 5 of the basic ways to make clothes…
  • 10. Traditional baby-carrying baskets More info: aztecs.org: aztec artefacts: baby basket
  • 11. Aztec load carriers: using the ‘tumpline’ they regularly carried over 20 kilos each and travelled over 20 kilometres to the next post – as part of a relay system
  • 12. The traditional corn/maize pancake
  • 13. Making chocolate the traditional way; the whisk is called a ‘molinillo’ in Mexico More info:- aztecs.org: aztec life: Blood of the gods
  • 14. Freshly made, organic chewing gum: the real thing! More info:- aztecs.org: aztec artefacts: tzictli Sticky chicle – strictly ‘tzictli’!
  • 15. An Aztec ‘death bundle’. This was clearly a rich person, buried with everything from jewellery to a jaguar skin… More info:- aztecs.org: aztec life: a bundle of death
  • 16. The Aztecs had two calendars: one based on the sun, for farmers; the other, based on the moon, for priests. The same date in both calendars only came round once every 52 years – a ‘bundle of years’, a bit like our ‘century’
  • 17. The Aztecs believed in giving before receiving: by offering human flesh to their gods they hoped to receive food from the earth in return; by offering human blood, they hoped to receive rain and fresh water to drink; by offering human hearts they hoped to receive heat, light and energy from the sun, so life would be able to carry on…
  • 18. The Aztecs called their poetry ‘flower-songs’. The more beautiful the song or poem, the more beautiful the flower (above the large speech scroll)…
  • 19. We don’t know for sure which Aztec god is in the centre of the ‘Sunstone’: it could be the sun god Tonatiuh, or it could be the earth lord, Tlaltecuhtli
  • 20. The glyph for ‘movement’ at the heart of the Sunstone

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