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How to Pronounce Colors and Numbers in Nahuatl

How to Pronounce Colors and Numbers in Nahuatl

This page is intended for academic use as a tool to help students hear a native speaker of Nahuatl (Catalina de la Cruz Cruz) pronounce words and phrases. None of the files on this page or the rest of the site should be used without prior consent, and can never be used for commercial purposes. Esta página fue creada para uso académico solamente con el fin de que los estudiantes del náhuatl pueden escuchar a una nativo hablante (Catalina de…

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Researching in the Biblioteca Nacional de España

Researching in the Biblioteca Nacional de España

The Biblioteca Nacional de España is probably the first place you want to visit in Spain when you are conducting research. Why? Because you get a cool ID card with your name on it, that will be useful when registering for other archives and libraries. The link posted above will lead you to the BNE’s webpage. There you can find their catalog. They have a pretty large collection of codices and manuscripts created or pertaining to Latin America. There is…

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Meal Times in Central Mexico

Meal Times in Central Mexico

One thing that is always a topic of conversation for people new to Mexico is meal times. Mexicans also seem to be intrigued about meal times in the US, and portions for said meals. Knowing the terms and times is important because in Mexico City and many other parts of central and southern Mexico people use different terms that foreigners are not used to, and the times are also very different. It is crucial to use the right terms, otherwise you might…

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Geeking Out With a Magnifying Glass

Geeking Out With a Magnifying Glass

I recently added a new piece to my archival kit, which I will share with you here, so we can geek out together. A few people in the archive have noticed my new toy, and after trying it out they usually fall in love. Yet, as a proud archive rat I realize that most people, including my loved ones, do not care about archival documents nor my archival toys. The item in question is a foldable 5X magnifying glass. The great…

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Researching at the Archivo Histórico de la Casa de Moneda de México

Researching at the Archivo Histórico de la Casa de Moneda de México

The AHCMM is located in the Museo Numismático Nacional in the Centro Historico in CDMX. The neighborhood is hectic and not pleasing to the eye, but it is safe during the day as long you take precautions. The AHCMM has documents started from the mid seventeenth century and the bulk of its material really begins in the eighteenth. People interested in minting and mining in central Mexico will find gems here. Yet, there are also some nuggets regarding indigenous peoples in…

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Researching at the Archivo del Cabildo Catedral Metropolitano de Mexico

Researching at the Archivo del Cabildo Catedral Metropolitano de Mexico

The Archivo del Cabildo is located in the Northwest corner of the Cathedral de la Ciudad de México. Finding the Zocalo or the Cathedral should be very easy, and finding the Archive is also easy but I will stress that you should not ask the average person if they can help you find the Cabildo Archive– they will have no clue. Instead, find the Cathedral and then proceed to the Northwest corner or ask someone that works for the Cathedral…

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Researching in the Archivo Histórico del Arzobispado de México

Researching in the Archivo Histórico del Arzobispado de México

The AHAM is located in Roma Norte and is very easy to access, and when your done, you’re in ROMA NORTE! Their collection includes documents from the sixteenth century until the present, and houses mostly documents that were created within the archdiocese of Mexico that do not have to do with the day-to-day business of the Cathedral, those documents are likely to be found in the Cabildo Archive. The address is: Calle Durango #90 First Floor, Cuahtehmoc, Roma Nte., 06700 Ciudad…

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The Importance of Signatures in Mexico

The Importance of Signatures in Mexico

Signatures are important in Mexico in a variety of contexts. Here I will be talking about credit cards and IDs. Many people in the United States write “See ID” on the back of their cards in an attempt to encourage merchants to ask for an ID during each purchase. In my experience this rarely works, and I seldom get IDed. The worst thing you could do is not sign your credit card and have a blank strip on the back…

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