Ñudzavui Geographies

The pages of the Ñudzavui screenfolds are painted with hundreds of place signs. Only a handful of these signs have been linked to specific locations on the ground. Rich but underused sources of information on Ñudzavui geography can be found in colonial and independence-period land boundary documents. These include early twentieth-century copies of nineteenth-century town boundary maps in the Mapoteca Orozco y Berra (Mexico City); sixteenth- to twentieth-century alphabetic land litigation documents, some of them with accompanying maps, in the Archivo General de la Nación (Mexico City), nineteenth- and twentieth-century alphabetic texts and maps in the Archivo General Agrario (Mexico City) and the Archivo General del Estado de Oaxaca (Oaxaca City); and land documents housed in municipal archives in the Mixteca itself. Mesolore’s “Ñudzavui Geographies” presents the results of a project (funded by the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies) to document and combine geographic information about the Mixteca Alta from these various archives.

The following resources are included:

a pdf index compiling all of the towns and Mixtec place names encountered during research, organized by document;

dozens of small-scale maps in which the place names for each particular document have been plotted;

a large-scale map which combines the information from each individual document-map; and

alphabetic transcriptions of the various documents consulted and from which the data in the index and maps have been taken.

In addition, a brief essay on “Initial Findings” provides an explanation of the methods used in this research, a guide for using the above-mentioned resources, and a discussion of some of the patterns found in these documents. In particular, “Initial Findings” discusses what these land documents reveal about how place names changed over the course of the colonial and independence periods, and how these diachronic changes shape how we can use place names attested in colonial and independence-period documents to interpret the rich topographies painted in the prehispanic and early colonial Mixtec screenfolds.

Ñudzavui Geographies: General Resources

Introductory Essay: Initial Findings pdf

AtlasMixteco The full visual compilation of all of the geographic information compiled for this study.
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AtlasMixtecoIndex A text-searchable index of all of the places and towns included in the Atlas, arranged by archive and by document.
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INEGIMixtecaAlta A 300-dpi compilation of INEGI 1:50,000 maps D25, D26, D35, D36, D45, and D46. These were used as the base from which to plot the locations in the Atlas.
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SporesNochixtlán1972 A map of the archaeological sites compiled from Ronald Spores’ 1972 An Archaeological Settlement Survey of the Nochixtlan Valley, Oaxaca. The location of these sites has been included in the Atlas.
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AtlasMixteco by Centuries Subdivisions of the documents included in the Atlas, arranged by century. These maps show what place names are attested in 16th- 17th- 18th- 19th- and 20th-century documents.
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Ñudzavui Geographies: Specific Resources

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ARCHIVO GENERAL DEL ESTADO DE OAXACA, OAXACA CITY Asuntos Agrarios
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Títulos Primordiales
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MAPOTECA OROZCO Y BERRA, MEXICO CITY Colección General, Oaxaca


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