Age-Old Amerindian Traditions of Writing

Colonial Counterpoint: New World Texts as Sites of Encounter, 1492-1800

This section on indigenous hieroglyphic language traditions provides a window into early Mesoamerican writing practices. It features a rubbing of the La Mojarra stela (c. B.C. 150) and a facsimile of the Codex Madrid, a Maya screen-fold book from the century prior to European arrival.