Shortly after the Spanish conquest of central Mexico, indigenous artists from the town of Cuauhtinchan (near modern Puebla) created a large painting (109 x 204 cm) on bark paper that tells a complex story of migration, ritual, history, identity, and much more. In Cave, City, and Eagle’s Nest: An Interpretive Journey through the Mapa de Cuauhtinchan No. 2, editors Davíd Carrasco and Scott Sessions bring together international scholars from several disciplines to read and interpret the symbols and images depicted in the Mapa de Cuauhtinchan No. 2 (MC2). The MC2 is one of several cartographic histories and illustrated manuscripts painted in early colonial Cuauhtinchan. Previous studies of the Cuauhtinchan manuscripts, together with research on a large corpus of pictorial manuscripts produced in the Puebla region, provide comparative data that are used to place events and practices depicted in MC2 into...

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