Aaron Carapella, has designed ‘the most comprehensive maps of pre-contact and at-contact Native North America to date. These maps use Tribal Nation’s original indigenous names for themselves, and show where Tribes were just before contact with outsiders. The intent of these maps is to instill pride in Native peoples and to be used as teaching tools from a Native perspective.’ The Mexico map is superb.
Mike Payton, a teacher who has lived and taught in Mexico, has set up a travelling schools project on Mexico (based in Nottingham), in many ways starting on a similar journey to Mexicolore’s: through storytelling, craftwork, music and games Mike aims ‘to foster a lasting interest in this unique country and culture’.
‘Let’s Eat! Children and their Food Around the World’ (Oxfam)
Using case studies from 5 countries - including 6-year-old Luis from Mexico -”Let’s Eat!” explores world cultures through the eyes of children and the food they eat, asking such questions as Where does their food come from? Do they buy it or grow it themselves? Do they eat at the table, outside or in front of the television? What foods do they like and dislike? What do they eat for special festivals and celebrations? Beautifully photographed and presented.
A pioneering portal site on Mexico (founded 1995) and one of the founders of The Mexico Network - linking three of Mexico’s most important English-language content providers. Offering ‘a practical guide for anyone with a serious interest in ecotourism and conscientious travel’, Planeta.com provides free access to more than 10,000 pages of articles and resource guides for everyone from students to policy-makers.
A surprisingly large and diverse number of Aztec- and Mexico-inspired posters (including Tenochtitlan, Mexican masks, the flag, Frida Kahlo, old cinema prints...) can be found - and bought online - by browsing through this huge commercial poster company site. Beware of huge price difference between mounted and unmounted!
For a useful general overview of Mexican history, consisting of a simple timeline (linked to world events, from the Pre-Classic Period up to today) backed by a good range of hyperlinked articles about each period, this is a great place to start.
Casa Alianza is a long established charity dedicated to supporting street children not only in Mexico but in neighbouring Guatemala and Honduras. Their work deserves the maximum of support - helping to publicise the plight of street children, bringing pressure to bear on European governments to lobby their Central American counterparts, raising funds to back their work at street level, even volunteering in one of their programmes ...
For details of a UK-based development education project producing teaching resources focusing on issues relating to children (Casa Alianza UK is one of some 35 agencies in the ‘Consortium for Street Children’).
For ‘getting involved’ in campaigning on issues affecting Mexico, particularly in the fields of human rights, environmental struggles, peace and politics; provides hundreds of links for the serious researcher/activist in these areas
For a huge range (dozens of different varieties, strengths, flavours) of authentic Mexican dried chiles (whole and powdered), sauces and more, and offering a world wide delivery service, go to the London based and long established Cool Chile Co.
For an international photography site showcasing largely contemporary digital photography, including a strong Mexican element - highly recommended for inspiration and as an award-winning, beautifully assembled site in its own right (now in its 10th anniversary year).
A superb bilingual Mexican actor, Mario Iván starred in the classic film ‘Like Water For Chocolate’, and has toured the UK with performance pieces from his ‘Mestizo’ production, based on pre-Hispanic Mexican legends. His audio CDs for children, with music by the long-established group Tribu, are superb.
For serious research/networking on Mexico and Latin America generally, The Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC) at the University of Texas at Austin’s mission is to facilitate access to Internet-based information to, from, or on Latin America. ‘Our target audience includes people living in Latin America, as well as those around the world who have an interest in this region. While many of our resources are designed to facilitate research and academic endeavors, our site has also become an important gateway to Latin America for primary and secondary school teachers and students, private and public sector professionals, and just about anyone looking for information about this important region’.
For teachers studying the locality of Tócuaro (Michoacán, central Mexico), click on our Tócuaro button at the top of this page. And follow up the resources/info offered by Worldaware and St. Mary’s College, Twickenham
For a day-by-day chance to see the famous volcano Popocatépetl (currently being monitored for unusual activity because of the risk of serious eruption) and for further information/links on ‘Popo’ use the following:
For an excellent comprehensive guide to volunteering and working for development in general, buy a copy online of the latest Guide from World Service Enquiry in Brixton. The guide lists agencies all over the world with a description of type of work offered, length of placements, contact details and country locations - so you can quickly find those agencies (and there are dozens) that offer opportunities in Mexico.
‘Hunger’s Brides’ - novel based on the life/work of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Gradually the figure of this seventeenth-century Mexican, ‘the last great poet of the Golden Age of Spanish verse’, is becoming better known to readers in the English-speaking world. Paul Anderson’s novel - and the beautifully presented website accompanying its publication in 2005 - provide some wonderful insights into how her work was informed by the prehispanic past and by the exploration and conquest of the New World
For excellent Mariachi music in the UK, contact our good friend Salvador Jiménez Hernández and his Mariachi Mexteca band, based in London; the band was formed in 2002, and are now in demand all over the country.
Mexico has the largest number of UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites of any country in the Americas and the sixth most in the world. As of July 2013 there were 27 cultural sites and 5 natural sites on the list, a total of 32.
Set up in 1997 by Assistant Latino Studies Professor Antonio de la Cova of Indiana University, this is now the leading resource for researching Latin American Studies on the net. Phenomenally comprehensive and well set out.
A well presented photographic site designed for students, scholars, and others interested in colonial Mexico, created by Dr. Charlotte Ekland. The searchable database includes a unique facility to view colonial buildings with indigenous symbols and imagery.
Archaeologist Richard Diehl, Professor Emeritus at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, has assembled, based on his 40 years of research at the site, a virtual walking tour of this famous ancient city
The excellent ‘Words Without Borders’ online magazine for international literature contains an entire issue dedicated to ‘The Indigenous Literature of the Americas’, including this moving account of a disillusioned migrant to the capital
Part of a site dedicated to ‘Visual arts from Africa, Asia, the Americas in the international art context’, and published in English, German and Spanish, the Mexico section contains excellent photo/info tours of key archaeological sites, exhibitions and collections, including Teotihuacan and the Templo Mayor.
Media Lab Helsinki’s virtual reconstruction of the Map of Mexico 1550 by Alonso de Santa Cruz. The brainchild of Professor Lily Díaz, the digitisation of this early colonial map of the environs of Mexico City began in 2002. The main website is in English and the interactive map allows access to brief introductory articles - in English and Spanish - on key places marked, with extra photos, weblinks and video clips to enhance the experience.
‘An online magazine covering activism and politics in Latin America, founded in 2003, made up of work from writers, activists, artists and regular citizens from around the globe [like us!] interested in flipping the world upside down...or right side up.’ Their Mexican coverage is impressive (follow link below...)
Though the text is in Spanish, the historical photos on this site speak for themselves; it’s full of important images not only of the Zócalo (Mexico City’s main square) but of the Salón de Monolitos of the Museo Nacional, where you can clearly see key Aztec monoliths on display...
‘Indigeneity in the Contemporary World: Politics, Performance, Belonging’ is a five year research initiative funded by the European Research Council and based at Royal Holloway, University of London. One of its several ongoing research projects is ‘Mobilising Ritual and Celebrating the Seeds of Mayan Culture in the Yucatan and Belize’.
The Native Scientist team works with international scientists and teachers to promote science and language learning among school pupils in the UK. By focussing on pupils who speak a different language at home and in school, the team raises awareness about multilingualism and STEM-related careers. We promote their work in schools in England, linking them to schools with Spanish speaking pupils.
Of all places hidden amongst lurid costumes for hire on a US commercial site (HalloweenCostumes.com) is an excellent collection of links to resources on the Day of the Dead. A great place to start learning about this ages-old festival.