“I’m 25. I love being on the same foot as visitors to this site that are half my age and twice my age...” (Matt Troup)
”Your site is like a welcoming oasis in the desert of indifference where many have deposited ancient Mexican wealth.” (Ricardo Esponda)
“Hi! I’m Mexican and just discovered your website. Ironic that I’ve learned more from it than from the History books at school...!” (Darién)
Here's what others have said:
127 At 9.51pm on Wednesday August 24 2016, MARIA SEVILLA wrote:
congratulations on professional work, I am Mexican profesora of anthropology and something very important thing to talk about indigenous culture, is education, values, religious magical conception and love for Mother Earth.
There are rituals that have remained for centuries work with traditional midwives and doctors
126 At 7.55am on Thursday May 19 2016, Clara Gaveau wrote:
125 At 11.07am on Saturday April 2 2016, Nancy McKibbin wrote:
I really love your website as it really goes in depth on the subject of Mexico and the Aztecs. As a teacher and writer, this has got to be the best source of information on the subject for kids.
Mexicolore replies: Thank you, Nancy, for your kind words.
124 At 2.35pm on Sunday January 31 2016, Jay Cherin wrote:
I teach high school English in Houston, Texas, and have been using your website for several years as a resource for my units on Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican language, literature, and culture. I have taught Mexican-American students from the barrios of Houston, plus immigrant students from Mexico and Central America, and try to make our class as culturally relevant as possible, so your site has been invaluable. It is amazing how my students pride and self-esteem has increased as a result of my innovative curriculum that makes their history central to their own studies. A big thank you to all of you for making my work easier and more informed.
Mexicolore replies: Thank YOU, Jay, for this uplifting feedback. You’ve no idea how supportive to us this kind of comment is, encouraging us to continue our work. Congratulations on all you’re doing and all best for the future...
123 At 10.40am on Sunday September 13 2015, Miguel Covarrubias wrote:
You published 2 images of paintings made by Luis Covarrubias. You should put the propper credits.
Mexicolore replies: Thank you for pointing out any errors. I’ve written to you separately asking for specific details so we can make appropriate corrections. Our apologies for getting the names/credits confused.
122 At 12.24pm on Monday July 20 2015, Emma Cardoso wrote:
you section “the universe was woven like a mat” in the kids section is not working - please can you send me the relevant information as my daughter is doing a project on Aztec weaving
Mexicolore replies: Our apologies for this fault. it’s now in the hands of our webmaster. We’ve noticed one or two other pages in the same section are faulty too... Will send you the info!
121 At 8.41am on Monday July 20 2015, Mike Crick wrote:
On the website, I didn’t see any mention of Chia seeds in the diet of Aztecs. It is promoted today that the Aztecs ate chia seeds. What gives?
Mexicolore replies: Pardon me, but we most certainly include chía seeds in the Aztecs’ diet: please see the feature ‘Basic Aztec facts: AZTEC FOODS’ in our Kids section...
120 At 12.45am on Tuesday July 14 2015, Michael wrote:
Excellent site. Please can you tell me the best article you have on the decoding of the Guadalupe tilma. Thanks.
Mexicolore replies: Whilst we have a good article on the Guadalupe/Tonantzin question (in our ‘Aztec Gods’ section), we don’t feel qualified to comment on the tilma itself. Sorry!
119 At 8.27pm on Tuesday February 10 2015, Luis wrote:
Love your site. Amazing. I have a question for the experts. How long did it take the Spaniards to bring the enormous Aztec Temple down after the conquest?
Mexicolore replies: Good question! We know the siege of Tenochtitlan lasted 80 days - the longest continuous battle, according to John Pohl, in recorded history. We also know the Spanish destroyed the entire city, razing every building ‘street by street’. But as specifically for the Templo Mayor building, we’ll try and get external expert opinion...
118 At 10.49am on Thursday January 15 2015, Professor Jay Sokolovsky wrote:
Love the site and was hoping to find the original source for the 4-movement image on the discussion of the war drum. I already link to your site on my website for a forthcoming book on a Nahua community: www.indigenousmexicobook.com I may want to use that symbol in the book. Thanks for any help with this.
117 At 2.14pm on Tuesday November 25 2014, Leah Elliott wrote:
Love the site! So much great information and easy to navigate. I’m a graduate student in musicology, researching music in the religious practices of central Mexico during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Mexicolore replies: Cheers, Leah! Keep us posted of your research: music is of primary interest to us as a team...
116 At 1.18pm on Sunday November 23 2014, Dr. Alan R. Sandstrom, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Indiana University wrote:
Mexicolore is an excellent site that serves an important purpose and I wonder how we could have lived without it in previous years... You have managed to make the Aztecs fun to study, which is a great achievement in itself. But even more important Mexicolore has introduced students (and many others) to a different way of being human. I take this to be a major goal of my own field of anthropology and congratulate you on your success on bringing it off so elegantly.
Mexicolore replies: We feel humbled by such generous comments and by this hugely encouraging support for our work. Very many thanks, Professor Sandstrom!
115 At 7.09pm on Saturday November 15 2014, Mariana wrote:
What an amazing website! I’m working on an Aztec-inspired novel, and would love to publish it one day. It would be wonderful to be able to one day do it through your website. Thank you for making this information accessible to all.
Mexicolore replies: Thanks, Mariana. We’d love to read your novel when it’s ready! Do keep us posted: if we like it we’d be delighted to give it space on the website...
114 At 2.26pm on Monday October 6 2014, Dr. Rebecca R. Stone, Professor of Art History, Faculty Curator of Art of the Americas, Michael C. Carlos Museum Emory University wrote:
Love your website!
Mexicolore replies: Cheers, Rebecca! Thanks for your support and interest.
113 At 11.35pm on Sunday August 31 2014, Perez wrote:
Real cool animation! Very intuitive and highly educational which makes it easy even for adults like me! Thank you to the webmaster and friends for your very appreciated efforts. Greetings from America!
112 At 10.30pm on Monday July 28 2014, Iztchimalli/Jesse Alcala wrote:
I have not been able to find any place that makes Cactin and Tilmahtin, I would really want to see one come up. I know they wouldn’t be in high demand, but i’m willing to pay extra for authentic pieces of my own people’s cultural clothing.
111 At 3.20am on Saturday July 12 2014, Katia wrote:
Come dice il sig. Ricardo Esponda troppo si ignora e spesso si danno giudizi su ciò che non si conosce. Basta solo un po’ di cultura.
110 At 10.23am on Thursday July 10 2014, Katia wrote:
Gradirei che qualcuno si mettesse in contatto con me per parlare ed approfondire il mio amore per il grande popolo Mexica. Grazie.
109 At 4.25pm on Wednesday May 21 2014, Logan wrote:
I am trying to find a quote I found earlier and I can’t find it! The adress is http://mexicolore.co.uk/index.php?&one=azt&two=ask&tab=ans&id=16 PLEASE HELP!!!!
Mexicolore replies: Would love to help, but the link you’ve pasted in is a dud! Please send us the quote itself or a valid link and we might be able to help...!
108 At 10.54am on Sunday May 4 2014, Patricia L. Crown, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque wrote:
I greatly admire your website and have used aspects of it in my own research.
107 At 12.02pm on Tuesday April 22 2014, Manuel Aguilar-Moreno, Professor of Art History, California State University, Los Angeles (USA) wrote:
I want to congratulate you and your team again for doing such a great cultural job about the Aztecs, Mesoamerica and even Mexico today. Through your website you are educating the youth of today to be more analytical, enthusiastic and open-minded about so-called Non-Western cultures that in many aspects were more refined than “Western-Eurocentric” peoples.
106 At 8.56am on Friday April 18 2014, Professor Alan A. Sandstrom, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, Indiana (USA) wrote:
You have a wonderful insight to address questions raised by children who somehow consistently manage to focus on the most interesting, important, and consequential aspects of Mesoamerican research. We older guys don’t hold a candle to them. Please keep up the great work.
105 At 11.07am on Wednesday April 16 2014, Laura wrote:
Definitely a great resource!!!
One recommendation, it would be helpful to have the date the article was originated (or the last modified date) included along with the articles. Specifically for citation purposes.
Mexicolore replies: Thanks, Laura. Yours is an excellent suggestion (wish now we’d done it from the start!) and in response we’ve already made a good start (around 40 articles) to upload publication dates, at least with major articles...
104 At 10.14am on Wednesday April 9 2014, Dr. Pamela E. Sandstrom, Associate Librarian Emerita, Walter E. Helmke Library, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne wrote:
I am a librarian and information scientist by training, and I marvel at your ability to assemble such a wealth of age-appropriate materials for school children and their teachers. Mexicolore is also a trusted venue for the scholarly greats to parade their stuff, in a refreshingly open format. Keep up the excellent work!
Mexicolore replies: Warmest thanks to Dr. Sandstrom, who is a member of our Panel of Experts.
103 At 10.06am on Wednesday February 12 2014, John E. Staller, archaeologist-anthropologist specializing in Latin America wrote:
Thank you again for inviting me to participate in your Mexicolore website. I have heard nothing but wonderful things from those colleagues who have seen it.
Mexicolore replies: We are honoured to have a fine contribution from Dr. Staller on the Mexicolore website.
102 At 11.09am on Tuesday January 21 2014, Deneen L Hernandez, enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and Forensic Examiner for the federal (US) government wrote:
Mexicolore has been a great help to me regarding symbology and mythology references in my work. Well done.
Mexicolore replies: Thank you, Deneen. We share your enthusiasm and commitment to working in the public service domain...
101 At 9.01am on Thursday January 9 2014, Ben Leeming, PhD Student Department of Anthropology University at Albany, SUNY wrote:
I have to say again how fabulous your resources on the Aztecs are. I have been using your site regularly in the planning of a class I teach called “Surviving the Conquest: Aztecs and Mayas in Colonial Mexico.” I also direct students to it for reading assignments. Great work - keep it up!
Mexicolore replies: Many thanks, Ben, for your generous comments. We follow your own (research and teaching) work closely and have great admiration for it. Hopefully in future we can collaborate directly on disseminating good teaching resources on these great cultures...
100 At 8.31am on Thursday December 12 2013, Dr. Brigitte Kovacevich, wrote:
I am familiar with your website and actually encourage my students to use it for their projects in my Mesoamerican Archaeology class, you do a great job! It is a fabulous site...
99 At 2.23am on Tuesday August 13 2013, Linda Tuttle wrote:
I love your website! I shall be having my students use it to increase their knowledge of the Aztecs! I will bequeath this website to all my social science compadres.
98 At 5.45pm on Monday July 29 2013, Richard M. Kovak wrote:
I am the Supreme Historical researcher for the International Order of Quetzalcoatl (see our website at www.supremeq.com) and I am astounded that I have not come across your website previously during my research. What a magnificent contribution to education about Mesoamerican culture and history. The god Quetzalcoatl was long known in Mesoamerican deiology and iconolgy long before the Mexicas, the Toltecs and even the Teotihuacanos. In q’iche Maya he was known as kULKULCAN. Please favor us with your research about Quetzalcoatl and feature him as a God of the Month. I would be glad to assist with the research which I have assembled from numerous books and websites.
Mexicolore replies: Thank you for your kind offer. We’ll see what we can do... (We should point out that the IOQ referred to above is a Masonic Order, based on the principles of Freemasonry).
97 At 7.13am on Wednesday July 17 2013, Joan Cline, historical novelist wrote:
Please know that I have recommended your site to many in the field of education here. It is easily the best source going! I am so very glad that my query inspired a new feature for your excellent site!
Mexicolore replies: Many thanks, Joan. [It was thanks to a recent question from Joan that we added a piece on Aztec Pine Torches in Aztec Artefacts].
96 At 4.23am on Wednesday May 29 2013, Katy wrote:
This site is FANTASTIC! I’m currently doing a history assignment on Aztec artefacts, and I got really useful information here!
95 At 6.30am on Tuesday May 21 2013, Jean-Marie O’Donnell, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa wrote:
We have found that the Mexicolore site has been an incredibly useful source of information about the Aztecs as we have been working on the exhibition [major exhibition on Aztec culture in association with INAH at New Zealand’s national museum, autumn 2013].
94 At 11.20am on Thursday April 18 2013, Jose Castro wrote:
I stumbled across your amazing website while researching the Aztec broad sword. I am a Mexican-American whose parents were born/raised in Mexico. I have visited Mexico frequently over the years, especially Yucatan. I have had a life-long fascination with the culture and customs of the indigenous people of Mexico and Mesoamerica. I must xtend my appreciation and gratitude for the educational service you provide the world on behalf of these unique ancient people.
Mexicolore replies: Thank you, José, for your support and encouraging words - greatly appreciated.
93 At 2.34pm on Sunday March 31 2013, David Macias wrote:
I think your site is great, and the images are wonderful. Thanks again for helping our field by providing solid information for the academic study and appreciation of ancient Americans!
92 At 6.58pm on Sunday March 24 2013, Lisa Gatzke wrote:
I loved it until I got to the last section where I heard about the people using plants to get stoned. I cannot use it with my 6th grade class because of that.
Mexicolore replies: Not sure which article you’re referring to! Please clarify!
91 At 2.05am on Saturday January 26 2013, aryan sanghrajka wrote:
hello this is aryan you came to our school i am looking at the website it is amazing. You came to orley farm schoolo i just want to say thank you
Mexicolore replies: You’re lucky to attend such a great school, Aryan - we seriously enjoyed our latest visit to Orley Farm this year. Enjoy your Aztecs topic and thanks for writing!
90 At 1.11am on Tuesday November 20 2012, Zoe wrote:
Mexicolore is a website I would highly recommend to anyone interested in Aztec culture who wants to learn more about the people and how they lived in ancient Mexico. Keep up the good work Ian.
Mexicolore replies: Cheers, Zoe, thanks for this encouragement!
89 At 2.22pm on Thursday October 18 2012, Moira Connaughton wrote:
I am a student teacher from Ireland and on researching information for my theme on the Aztecs I came across your amazing site. Thank you for all the wonderful information and resources you have provided, it is so helpful and I am really looking forward to teaching this theme now!
88 At 10.33pm on Thursday September 6 2012, Fernando wrote:
I am very impressed by your website! It is replete with fascinating information and is presented in an interesting and amusing format. I am an American of Mexican descent and find pre-hispanic civilizations, namely the Aztecs, Mayans, Olmecs, etc. of immense interest. Your website is a window into the glorious past of ancient Mexico and my ancestors. Thank you! Tlazocamati!
Mexicolore replies: Thank you, Fernando. We feel humbled, and will always continue to do our best, keeping this site 100% educational and open-access...
87 At 4.06pm on Sunday August 12 2012, Zoe Saadia wrote:
Thank you for creating and maintaining this wonderful site.
It is amazing, extremely informative and diverse.
I’m finding myself consulting your site a lot, doing my research and writing about Nahua cultures in general.
I also put a link to Mexicolore on the top of the recommended links on my blog as I think as many people as possible should be aware of this wonderfully informative and user-friendly site.
Thank you so very much for your great work.
Mexicolore replies: MANY thanks Zoe! Warm greetings from Olympic London...!
86 At 10.46am on Friday July 20 2012, Professor Prudence M. Rice wrote:
I enjoyed reading about (and applaud) what your group is doing to bring youth to a more knowledgeable and appreciative level of multicultural awareness.
Mexicolore replies: Thank you, Prudence. It’s comments like yours that keep us going...
85 At 8.21am on Saturday June 2 2012, Elizabeth Follette (book author) wrote:
I found your website to be most informative and well organized, and to your credit, is the best source of Aztec information on the web.
Mexicolore replies: Thanks, Elizabeth. We look forward to hearing news of your forthcoming book (featuring a short discussion about the Aztec story of Creation).
84 At 2.59pm on Wednesday May 30 2012, Phil Simmonds wrote:
this a great site, really good and some great teaching pieces, I have used the site to design and build an aztec themed garden for a BBC competion in the uk, once its finished (June) I will try to send some pictures over. your site has been a great help, top work!
Mexicolore replies: Many thanks, Phil, for these encouraging comments. PLEASE do let us have pictures that we can add to the site! Sounds a great competition........
83 At 11.23am on Friday May 25 2012, Ewan wrote:
Brilliant ive never known so much
82 At 6.07am on Monday May 7 2012, Professor Frances Berdan wrote:
Your website continues to be a wealth of fascinating information - I commend you and Graciela for your wonderful contributions to the field of Aztec studies!!
Mexicolore replies: Warmest thanks: it’s support like yours that keeps us going - and that’s from the heart!
81 At 8.40pm on Monday April 16 2012, Sara Perez wrote:
(Re: Tec’s new codex animation page) wonderful idea for children to learn!!
80 At 11.42am on Friday April 13 2012, Juan Carlos Molina wrote:
(Re: Tec’s new codex animation page) Beautifully done! You must teach me how to do animated work. Please! Please!
By the way: the term “Aztec” wasn’t used until some time during the XIX century. The original term is “Mexica” (pronounced “Meshica”)
Mexicolore replies: Thanks, JC. BTW, we increasingly give dual prominence now to ‘Mexica’/’Aztecs’...
79 At 3.51pm on Thursday April 12 2012, George wrote:
(Re: Tec’s new codex animation page) Great translation. And I seem to have heard the same story from every civilisation.
78 At 3.25pm on Thursday April 12 2012, Bernard Ortiz de Montellano wrote:
(Re: Tec’s new codex animation page) A great job and fun. Congrats, Ian. BTW what came out as the most valuable Aztec possession?
Mexicolore replies: Any day now, Bernard...!
77 At 11.59am on Thursday April 12 2012, Lucha Martinez de Luna wrote:
(Re: Tec’s new codex animation page) Very encouraging to see that after so many years the cultures of Mesoamerica are finally taught to children in the U.S. My parents, both activists in the Chicano Movement encouraged this type of cultural material to be taught in classrooms. They would be pleased with your work. The medium is entertaining and educational. Congratulations!
76 At 9.25am on Thursday April 12 2012, Patricia Plunket wrote:
(Re: Tec’s new codex animation page) This is really nicely done, I’m sending the link to friends with kids.
Mexicolore replies: Many thanks, Patricia!
75 At 1.39pm on Wednesday April 11 2012, Paul Farren wrote:
(Re: Tec’s new codex animation page) Very entertaining and it made me resolve to be good!
74 At 8.57am on Thursday December 8 2011, Ross wrote:
I love this website!! But after reading the page on Aztec Crime Thrillers & Simon Levack’s books, I just wanted to ask if you had seen the Aztec Crime/Fantasy series by Aliette de Bodard which are a good read. If you want more details her website is: http://aliettedebodard.com/bibliography/novels/
Mexicolore replies: Many thanks for this, Ross. No, we hadn’t come across A de B’s Aztec crime fantasy trilogy, though they sound great. Blimey they’re expensive though!@! If we get one for Xmas, we’ll review it...
73 At 3.28pm on Monday October 17 2011, Alina Sanchez de strong wrote:
This web site has opened a window to the real Mexico that only those who have lived there, get to know ( and not everyone).
Thanks for bringing an Ancient, cultural, beautiful Mexico to the world.
72 At 11.28am on Tuesday August 9 2011, Catherine DiCesare, Associate Professor of Art History wrote:
I think the Mexicolore project is a worthy endeavor that really benefits the public.
71 At 12.11am on Monday August 1 2011, Juan Carlos Malvaez wrote:
Saludos desde Brisbane Australia. Por favor visite este canal de Youtube. http://youtu.be/fi9VJRYQmOk
Mexicolore replies: Juan Carlos has uploaded an impressive and beautifully made animation film of the Sunstone (we’ve added links to it and recommend it...)
70 At 6.12pm on Thursday May 26 2011, otirudam wrote:
Hello Wonderful Mexicolore. I love ur site and want to make a very respectful suggestion, and that is: that you include interviews with present day descendants of indigenous mexican people. Many mexicans guard oral traditions of perhispanic origin to this very day in Mexico. And it would be great that you post their views and ideas in this site. Many cultural leaders and knowledgable persons in Mexico have been overlooked and neglected for centuries, but they guard the wisdom of their ancestors. Hope you can make some room for these recipients of ancient mexican lore. Thank you.
Mexicolore replies: This is a great idea - thank you for it! We’ve always been open to including this sort of personal story/testimonial, and would welcome contributions. If any of you out there know of a suitable potential interviewee - you might like to interview them yourselves! - please get in touch...
69 At 11.45am on Monday February 21 2011, Alfonso Maciel wrote:
During my workday I chanced upon your wonderful and totally engaging site... I’m blown away!! I haven’t been able to do any work and I have hardly scratched the surface - WOW!! MUY Wow!!
Mexicolore replies: As we always say, Alfonso, it’s feedback like yours that keeps us going... Cheers!
68 At 2.20pm on Tuesday February 8 2011, Professor Elizabeth M Brumfiel wrote:
I checked out your Mexicolore website, and I think it is excellent! Lots to capture even my interest. Congratulations on your very successful project.
67 At 8.01am on Wednesday February 2 2011, Sarah Mansfield wrote:
Mexicolore visited us for the 13th time today and never disappoint in their colourful and highly interesting presentation of Aztec Civilisation. The pupils were buzzing with excitement and both Ian and Graciela should be commended for the way in which they get each and every child involved; we had 100! A truly great educational experience for adults and pupils alike and one that’s sure to linger in their memories. It’s worth it for the spectacle of Ian playing a conch shell alone , let alone the visual and audio spectacle of all the costumes and artefacts. I see a 14th booking on the Sun God’s horizon...
Mexicolore replies: (Sarah is Head of English at Great Cornard Middle School, Sudbury; this should really be on our visits testimonial page, but we’re leaving it here, ‘cos we like it!!)
66 At 2.45pm on Monday November 22 2010, Holly Smith, teacher, Perry Elementary School, PA, USA wrote:
I appreciate your help and willingness to answer [the questions] we send. The site is phenomenal and has such a wealth of information. I have been teaching for 17 years and this is the best online resource on the Aztecs that I have ever seen - very kid-friendly.
Mexicolore replies: Thanks Holly! (You can see one or two of the answers we’ve provided to Holly’s students in the ‘Ask Us’ section...)
65 At 7.54pm on Wednesday November 3 2010, Scott Hadley wrote:
I know Norbert and Rogelio, and have collaborated in SEMYCA off and on here in Puebla. Congrats for your page.
Mexicolore replies: Thanks Scott (This relates to the ‘Ideas for a DAY OF THE DEAD story...’ in our Resources section).
64 At 5.28pm on Saturday September 25 2010, Sebastian Aldrete wrote:
Why does the British Government refuse to return all those items held by the British in England relating to the Aztecs antiquities?? were they stolen???
Mexicolore replies: You’ve touched a sensitive point here, Sebastian! No, we don’t think it fair to suggest they were stolen. You can read the story of some of the best known (mosaic) items in our Moctezuma pages, here -
63 At 1.35am on Friday September 24 2010, Ruben sector wrote:
Mexicolore is great. I learnt so much
62 At 3.35am on Thursday May 6 2010, nikki berry wrote:
OOO! luv your site! I teach special needs kids, so we do lots of visual/hands on activities. We’re in Los Angeles, con muchos latinos, so it is timely to study meso-americans! On a trip to Mexico 18 years ago I was given about 30 ‘caritas’ from So. of Mexico City...no 2 alike..they had been tilled from the earth of the ‘campos’ in areas still inhabited by the descendents of the Aztecs. We dress up like them and do story boards about their lives back then. Will use your site for future projects!! Thanks....LA to the UK!
Mexicolore replies: We’d love to showcase a little of what you’re doing, Nikki - do send over a couple of images and some text; it sounds inspiring...
61 At 2.52pm on Friday April 23 2010, Cris Mosqueda wrote:
AWESOME page! I love it, it’s approachable and interesting, fascinating and fun. It makes me see that the aztec culture is a legacy that goes beyond cultures and it makes me happy to live in a place that once was aztec land.
60 At 9.15am on Monday April 19 2010, Tocatzin wrote:
I love your webpage. its beautiful, super informative and perfect for children as well as grown ups. I work with High school students at a community center teaching mesoamerican History.
Mexicolore replies: We’ve added Tocatzin’s great Mesoamerican video blog to our list of recommended links. See www.youtube.com/mesoamericainaztlan.
59 At 11.41am on Wednesday April 14 2010, Stephen Nunn wrote:
Hello. I am an artist with a particular interest in the art of the ancient mexicans which has a big influence on me. Your site is great and I love the amount of content there is. Its a great site for all. Well done. Let me know if you need any help with your work, as Im very interested.
Love and Peace, Steve.
Mexicolore replies: Cheers, Steve! We’ll be in direct contact to see if we can work together...
58 At 3.07pm on Sunday April 11 2010, Dr. Eleanor Wake wrote:
The whole website is just wonderful. Thank you for making it possible.
57 At 2.27pm on Thursday March 11 2010, Mariella Remund, Director/Founder, Kunstmuseum Gehrke-Remund, Baden-Baden, Germany wrote:
Mexicolore is a wonderful website, a dream for researchers, such a comprehensive learning tool!
56 At 6.54pm on Tuesday March 2 2010, Alejandro wrote:
Hello everybody! I was born in Mexico, I love Aztec and Maya cultures, and I found what you do just lovely! I think it would be great if you include some Maya articles on their cosmovision as well. Keep going!
Mexicolore replies: We’ve just added (March 2010) a feature on Maya cenotes. Thanks for your suggestion and encouragement...
55 At 3.00am on Wednesday February 17 2010, Rafael wrote:
I’m studying the Aztecs and couldn’t even find any good source of information. ’Till I found this site! Very good work guys!
54 At 2.49pm on Saturday January 9 2010, Patricia Gonzalez Barclay wrote:
I am grateful to Ian Mursell and John Curl for reconnecting me with my ancestors. You are an invaluable resource and muy buena gente. Gracias
Mexicolore replies: Cheers, Patricia! (This was in response to our help in tracing a piece of Aztec poetry - see ‘Aztec Poetry (2): Three Poems’ on our Aztecs homepage)
53 At 11.57pm on Friday November 13 2009, elizabeth Romero wrote:
You are giving mis-information, the Aztecs never had Gods!! They worked with energies!
Mexicolore replies: Well that’s one way of looking at it. What do others think?
52 At 3.32pm on Saturday October 3 2009, Mexique Ancien wrote:
Thanks for the add of our weblog... We hope to have a correspondance very soon...
51 At 6.07pm on Friday April 24 2009, Professor Alan R. Sandstrom wrote:
Thank you very much for your offer to join in your fascinating and worthwhile project. I have examined the excellent Web page that you have constructed and would be more than delighted to join the team that has made it all possible.
Mexicolore replies: We’re delighted to welcome Professor Sandstrom onto our Panel of Experts
50 At 4.55pm on Monday April 20 2009, Pilar Dexter wrote:
I have been using your site to help me enhance my secondary education presentations at graduate school. It is one of the best sites I have found to teach students - or anyone - about the Aztec people and their way of life. I hope to collaborate with your group one day as soon as I finish my studies. I am a returning student looking to get my credentials to teach Spanish at the secondary and post secondary levels. Congratulations on a job well done! Please keep up the good work.
Mexicolore replies: Many thanks, Pilar, for writing in: it’s definitely feedback like yours that inspires us to keep going! Good luck with your studies, and keep in touch - you will be a valuable contributor to our learning/teaching community...
49 At 9.54am on Friday April 17 2009, Professor Ellen T. Baird wrote:
I have used Mexicolore often and have found it a great source to refer my students to as a reliable source of information.
48 At 8.24am on Sunday March 8 2009, Bernadette wrote:
Found your site by accident - fantastic resource for my home educated son. Refreshing to read reviews of other publications - relieved I’m not the only person concerned about one-sided inaccuracy in the Deary books.
Mexicolore replies: Thanks for this feedback, Bernadette. One of these days we’re going to organise a public debate over ‘Angry Aztecs’: come and support!
47 At 5.08pm on Tuesday March 3 2009, Professor Gordon Whittaker wrote:
I have long been impressed by Mexicolore and find it both extremely well-illustrated and expertly written for the lay public - without talking down to anyone. The sort of thing I wish I had had when I was a 14-year-old in England looking for detailed information on the Aztecs, beyond the usual encyclopaedia entry. Thank you so much for inviting me to take part in your excellent work on Mexicolore. I accept with great pleasure.
Mexicolore replies: We’re honoured and grateful to have Professor Whittaker on our Panel of Experts
46 At 9.52pm on Saturday January 31 2009, Ian Mursell wrote:
Site highly rated (4 stars) by Schoolzone.co.uk, the UK’s largest, independent education web site
45 At 11.36am on Sunday January 4 2009, Gael Ollivier wrote:
I must say thanks to you for keeping such a great site on the Aztecs; I find the page very interesting, the contents are relevant, extremely well thought and organized and, most of all, highly enjoyable! It’s been an amazing discovery to me and I intend to keep exploring it. Cheers fom Mexico City.
Mexicolore replies: Cheers Gael - many thanks for your encouragement, and for your interesting (separate) queries that we will do our best to address in our ‘Ask Us’ section...
44 At 12.12pm on Friday December 26 2008, Bexx wrote:
i am looking for more info on the artifact featured on the cover of the dec 1980 natty geo. does anyone know what it is called or how big it is? i leafed through my mag but couldnt find a reference to what was on the cover anywhere.
Mexicolore replies: It’s a ‘personalised’ Aztec flint knife called ‘tecpatl’. They were made of flint and obsidian and tended to be around 20 cms long. We’ve got a whole children’s microsite based on Tec, a flint knife character. You’ll find more info there and also in our ‘Aztec Artefacts’ section...
43 At 6.01pm on Monday November 24 2008, Sarah Mansfield wrote:
WOW! What a day-Ian and Graciela had our children in an Aztec Fever the moment they arrived. The morning flew by in a magical and colourful extravaganza of Aztec Life. Our pupils were buzzing when they left. 100% recommendation to all interested schools-worth every penny. Thank you
Mexicolore replies: Thanks, Sarah! This should strictly go on our ‘Visit testimonials’ page, but we can’t resist leaving it here too!
42 At 6.38am on Thursday November 6 2008, Nick wrote:
This website is very interesting and has helped me greatly in my work on the Aztecs.
41 At 12.03pm on Thursday August 28 2008, Professor Lorenzo Ferrero, Italian composer of La Conquista, a tri-lingual opera about the Spanish Conquest wrote:
Good luck for everything! Your site is very interesting and full of useful information, not only for schools, but also for scholars...
Mexicolore replies: Read about Professor Ferrero’s pioneering work in our ‘Aztec Language’ section.
40 At 9.31am on Tuesday August 12 2008, Dr. Susanna Rostas, Senior Research Associate, Department of Social Anthropology, Cambridge University, wrote:
Your website is quite amazing - a great resource for children...
Mexicolore replies: Thank you, Susanna, for this and for offering to join our Panel of Experts: welcome!
39 At 6.02pm on Friday July 25 2008, Alma Adams wrote:
I am excited about your web site which I stumbled across while searching for Nahuatl words. It is well-written, well-illustrated and easy to use. I especially appreciate the very egalitarian and respectful tone used to convey your message. For the past year, I have had the privilege of socializing heavily within the predominantly Mexican, illegal immigrant population here in Houston, Texas. It seems that hundreds of years of messages of European superiority are still weighing down the conscience of many of this group. For example, one of the derogatory terms commonly heard within this set of people is "Indio" (meaning: "Indian" literally) the target is coarse, drunken and ill-mannered. Your pointed exposal of prejudice is, unfortunately, still necessary, and I applaud your sensitive efforts in this area.
I wish you the best of luck in this very wonderful endeavor.
Mexicolore replies: It’s feedback like this that encourages us to keep going: a big Thank You, Alma.
38 At 9.33am on Thursday June 12 2008, Rosie wrote:
This site is so helpful, I’m doing the Aztecs at school and this was a recomended link. Keep up the good work!
Mexicolore replies: Cheers, Rosie! Thanks for writing in and for all the valuable encouragement...
37 At 11.31am on Wednesday June 11 2008, Gerry Briseno wrote:
I am an Art teacher in Florida and have stumbled across your site. I am preparing to teach next year’s students about Mexico, their culture, food, art and rich history. ThAnK yOu for having such a detailed and incredible learning resource for everybody. You have so many wonderful ideas for art. I am a FAN of your work. Keep it up! You’re awesome!
36 At 7.23pm on Tuesday April 15 2008, Adriana Zamudio Sanchez wrote:
Que fascinante es mexicolore todo un trabajo de gran experiencia y dedicación es un honor ser parte de ustedes gracias por amar a Mexico los quiero. Ady
35 At 4.00pm on Thursday March 27 2008, skarlet wrote:
i would like to say a big thank you today,i had a really good time
from yr 6 woodstock school!
Mexicolore replies: Thanks, Skarlet! Lovely school to work in too; loved what one of you said about a message from the Aztecs - even if things seem hopeless, never give up... All the best.
34 At 1.58am on Saturday March 22 2008, Owen Thomas wrote:
I live in Guanajuato as an immigrant from California. I welcome visitors who study Nahuatl culture. Some Nahuatl speaking merchants have arts for sale in our public market. Maybe those who come on summer study would like to be my guest in a separate apartment. Let me know if you can visit. Here’s my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mexicolore replies: Thanks, Owen. We’re happy to leave this ‘public’.
33 Penny Ogden, teacher wrote:
Just to say thank you for a super resource for the Aztecs which I have not taught before.
32 Nancy Hake wrote:
I currently teach Spanish in Harrisonville High School in Harrisonville, Missouri, USA. After doing a search for ideas on Aztec civilization, I found your wonderful website. It is full of great projects and can be a wonderful way to spark the imagination of future class projects. Thank you!
31 Professor Manuel Aguilar-Moreno, author of ‘Handbook to Life in the Aztec World’ wrote:
Again congratulations for your dynamic and useful website and I am glad to collaborate with you.
30 Lorne Loveless wrote:
This is one of the best sites on the internet that I’ve found for objective information about the Aztecs. I’ve learned quite a lot that I did not know looking around here, and it’s also well organized for finding answers.
29 Teresa Jones wrote:
I was delighted to see Mexicolore is still up and running. You visited my secondary school Howbury Grange in 1981 and I still remember at age 37 the art and dancing and stories. I think it was probably one of the best things I did at school. I am using the site to teach my own children aged 12 and 14.
28 Inga Clendinnen, acclaimed author of the ground-breaking study ‘Aztecs: an interpretation’ wrote:
[Mexicolore is] committed to doing a lovely, valuable, useful job...
27 Dr. Leonardo López Luján, Director, Templo Mayor Project, Mexico City wrote:
Su sitio internet es simplemente sensacional, bien documentado y hecho con mucho amor
26 Ella Hayes wrote:
Thank you so much for coming to my school (which is Flora McDonald). I loved the music that was played at the end, in fact I loved it all - especially being chosen to dress up! After school my mum took me to the library and I took out 8 books on the Aztecs and I am going to do my own project! Thank you again.
Mexicolore replies: This is a comment from a Year 5 pupil following a team visit to her school: for all other testimonials on our in-school sessions, click on Visit Testimonials in the right hand menu.
25 Phil Tulga, US music teacher, creator of Aztec Drum Rhythms webpage wrote:
You run a wonderful resource for kids, and I am proud to be a part of it.
24 DBC Pierre, Booker Prize winning author/’The Last Aztec’ wrote:
Really detailed site too. You’re doing Huitzilopochtli’s work – best of luck with it.
23 At 12.00am on Friday September 15 2006, Taryn Salinas, Research Department, National Geographic Magazine wrote:
This website is a terrific resource for children and adults interested in learning more about Aztec history and culture. Especially interesting are all the cool factoids that you don’t normally read in history texts. I absolutely love the Mexicolore site and wish I had found it sooner! I’ll be returning to it frequently in my research, I’m sure.
22 Professor Frances Berdan wrote:
Thank you so much for your invitation to serve on your Panel of Experts on the Aztecs. I have enjoyed going through your most impressive web site, and I’m delighted to be part of this wonderful project... It’s a terrifically exciting project and site!!
21 Alf Wilkinson, Professional Development Manager for the Historical Association. wrote:
All you ever wanted to know about the Aztecs, including a school visit service too. Superb, informative website, and lots of educational materials. Well worth a visit.
20 Mario Gómez Molina, www.aztlánvirtual.com wrote:
Excelente página web dedicada a la difusión de todo lo que tenga que ver con los Aztecas entre estudiantes y profesores. Sus responsables llevan años realizando actividades en vivo para estudiantes del Reino Unido. En su página web se puede desde escuchar la pronunciación de palabras náhuatl, aprender sobre todo tipo de aspectos de la vida de los Aztecas o escuchar y aprender sobre sus instrumentos musicales. Realmente imprescindible. [Inglés]
19 Jessica Browning, Manchester wrote:
Wow, what a fantastic website. I am a student teacher and I am so delighted to have found all this information.
18 Penny Bateman, ex-Education Officer, Museum of Mankind, author and consultant wrote:
You guys are doing such a wonderful job for Brit education and Mexican culture
17 At 12.00am on Sunday January 29 2006, Nadine (USA) wrote:
This website is a gem!!! What a wonderful find here on the net. Thank you so much for all of these wonderful resources!! I cannot express to you how thankful and excited I was to come upon your website!!! Not only is it extremely informative for myself, but also for my young children. I have vistied a lot of sites, and none are nearly as rich in information as yours.
16 Deborah Tyler, secondary school art teacher, London wrote:
I have just had a look at your new website, it is a fantastic tribute to the amazing achievement and success of Mexicolore. Wow, both you two have done so much and always with such passion. Dan [designer of MexicoloreKids, and Deborah’s brother-in-law] is an incredible designer, but without a content or substance a website is nothing. So I take my sombrero off to salute two of the most hard working people I know.
15 Mary Louise Alley-Crosby, illustrator, writer and founder of batplants.co.uk wrote:
I have now read all of the two parts of Tzictli and studied the illustrations. I am very, very impressed. What a treasurehouse of information and photographs. I am very honoured indeed to have my simple illustrations among them...
14 JeanOlivier Saiz, Spanish teacher in France wrote:
Your wonderful site... plenty of useful information for my students... it’s a blend of serious information and fun for everyone
13 Marilyn Anderson wrote:
Your site, your work is amazing and inspiring! I am an artist-author-educator and I concentrate my efforts on the traditional arts of the Maya, doing work both here in the USA and Guatemala. With Maya educators, I helped print a coloring book of my drawings about the arts and crafts of Guatemala and raise funds for a project I call “Pro Arte Maya”. I also post free educational materials on my website www.marilynfanderson.com
I congratulate you again on your multicultural work and I will tell colleagues about you!
12 Dr. Henry Stobart, Director of Graduate Studies/Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology, Music Department, Royal Holloway, University of London wrote:
Many congratulations! - this is a wonderful and beautifully presented resource [commenting on the Teponaztli feature]
11 At 12.00pm on Tuesday January 1 2008, Dr. Bruce Barker-Benfield, Senior Assistant Librarian, Department of Special Collections & Western Manuscripts, Bodleian Library wrote:
A valuable and enjoyable learning resource
10 National Grid for Learning Content Team wrote:
This a really valuable set of resources that will be well-used and valued by schools. It is well designed, simple to use and contains enough information for both teachers and parents to make effective use of the resources
9 Professor Gordon Brotherston wrote:
What you have up on the site is wonderful.
8 Chris Perfect, Larkswood Junior School, Chingford, London wrote:
It’s quite superb! Thank you! Children who work hard in class are given this opportunity as a treat. They love it!
7 Frances Rogan, Arts Education Officer, Horse and Bamboo Theatre Company wrote:
What a wonderful web site you have, and what an important resource!!
6 At 12.00am on Monday August 22 2005, Historical Association Primary e-newsletter, December 2004 wrote:
If you study the Aztecs you may have already come across Mexicolore. They come into schools and do ‘living history’ presentations. There are now two new services on their excellent website – an entirely new Aztecs-for-children site, Mexicolore Kids, and an ‘Ask the Experts’ service. These can be found at...
5 At 12.00am on Thursday August 18 2005, Mike Freedman, Resources Vault, ICTeachers Ltd. wrote:
Mexicolore are a small, independent teaching team, established in 1980, specializing in educational services for schools, museums and everyone with a serious interest in the Aztecs. The Aztecs section of their website gives a wealth of information, stories and images about the Aztecs. I would particularly recommend the new (Nov 2004) Kids Pages which are SUPERB!
4 At 12.00am on Monday August 15 2005, Dr. Elizabeth Baquedano wrote:
Brilliant, very impressive, well done!
3 Simon Levack, author ‘Demon of the Air’ wrote:
I added the link to your site, needless to say, because I was enormously impressed by it – not only compendious but also very thoughtfully constructed; I felt it would be ideal for my readers, who probably don’t know much about Mesoamerican civilisation but would like to learn more.
2 mexicanwave.com wrote:
November 19, 2004 The Aztecs - for kids! Kudos to our dear friends Ian Mursell and Graciela Sánchez of London-based Mexicolore, who have added loads of stunning new resources for teachers and pupils to their website. Over the past 25 years, Ian and Graciela have used music, dance, drama, costumes, artefacts, crafts, slides and more than a dose of infectious enthusiasm, to bring Mexican history and culture alive to over 100,000 wide-eyed and curious school children the length and breadth of England. An incredible achievement. The richness of the educational material on their website is, I believe, without equal and I cannot do it justice here. You’ll need to hitch a ride with their very own Aztec character, Tecpatl - ‘Tec’ for short - for a journey into Aztec life using Flash games & puzzles. Enjoy!
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1 Professor Stephanie Wood wrote:
I LOVE your site! It is very well organized, colorful, and offers wonderful resources and inspiration... The kids’ zone is wonderful. Using Flash seems especially appealing to children. The content seems very appropriate, too. Congratulations!