‘The Three Greats’ of Mexican Modernism Fought Tyranny with Art

Zapata fought with guns. Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros fought with their own talent – art. It’s such a peaceful image. A woman handing out fruit to a group of young people. But the print is the product of conflict and pain. The bloody, brutal Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) is the theme[…]

Native American Pueblo Architecture and Its Relationship to Place

The Pueblo people are one of many Native American cultural groups living in the southwestern United States. Introduction Until relatively recently, houses at the Southern Tiwa Pueblo of Isleta in New Mexico were replastered every year using a mixture that contained mica from a culturally significant site in the southwestern United States. In the bright[…]

Achievements of the Maya, Inca, and Aztec Civilizations

The more we learn about these cultures, the more we appreciate what was special about each of them. Introduction The history of these civilizations stretches from very ancient times to just a few centuries ago. Mayan civilization dates back to 2000 B.C.E. It reached its height in what is called the Classic period, from about[…]

The Ancient Mesoamerican Calendar

Works of Mesoamerican art often include references to calendars and time. Introduction We think of calendars as utilitarian—as tools that we all use every day to organize our time. But calendars also tell us a great deal about how the cultures that produce and use them understand and structure their world. Before Spanish conquerors invaded[…]

The History of the Publix Chain of Stores

If you are not Floridian, you may be surprised to hear that among the other things, they are proud of their Publix stores. Locals that decide to move to another state cannot simply get over the loss of their favorite supermarket chain. Such loyalty is not something uncommon because many generations used to do shopping[…]