Aztlan Affirmed, Part I: Pictorial Sources

Aztlan. A word fraught with nuances, echoing differently in the minds of Chicano activists, Mexican scholars and a spectrum of folks in between.

But what did the “Aztecs,” the Nahuas believe about Aztlan?

This article is the first in a series reviewing the contents of indigenous texts and informant testimony during the first century after the Spanish Conquest.

Let’s review some basics. Most know Aztlan as the original homeland of the Aztecs. Some Mexican Americans use the term to [re]claim the US Southwest…