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This podcast explores Mesoamerican and Southwest pseudohistory, new-age nonsense, archaeological misconceptions, and other tales of adventure! In each episode, we investigate how these very topics have helped inform Chicano/Chicana/Chicanx identity and have resulted in a distorted view of our collective Indigenous past. Your hosts Kurly Tlapoyawa and Ruben Arellano Tlakatekatl invite you to join them on a fascinating journey through Mesoamerica's past, present, and future!

Tales From Aztlantis Kurly Tlapoyawa & Ruben Arellano Tlakatekatl

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    • 4.5 • 62 Ratings

This podcast explores Mesoamerican and Southwest pseudohistory, new-age nonsense, archaeological misconceptions, and other tales of adventure! In each episode, we investigate how these very topics have helped inform Chicano/Chicana/Chicanx identity and have resulted in a distorted view of our collective Indigenous past. Your hosts Kurly Tlapoyawa and Ruben Arellano Tlakatekatl invite you to join them on a fascinating journey through Mesoamerica's past, present, and future!

    Episode 53: Hispanic Heritage Month

    Episode 53: Hispanic Heritage Month

    Hispanic Heritage Month

    In this episode, we shed some light on the so-called Hispanic Heritage Month which is celebrated from September 15 through October 15 in the United States. If you know nothing about how it got started and its evolution, then this episode is for you. Your host Tlakatekatl will guide you through its origins and provides much needed critical perspective on the consequences stemming from the creation of this month-long commemoration. So put on your sombreros and zarapes and enjoy the show.

    Your host: 
    Ruben Arellano Tlakatekatl is a scholar, activist, and professor of history. His research explores Chicana/Chicano indigeneity, Mexican indigenist nationalism, and Coahuiltecan identity resurgence. Other areas of research include Aztlan (US Southwest), Anawak (Mesoamerica), and Native North America. He has presented and published widely on these topics and has taught courses at various institutions. He currently teaches history at Dallas College – Mountain View Campus. 

    Cited in this podcast:
    Arthur D. Soto-Vásquez, “The Rhetorical Construction of U.S. Latinos by American Presidents,” Howard Journal of Communications 29, no. 4 (December 22, 2017): 353–67, https://doi.org/10.1080/10646175.2017.1407718.  


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    • 45 min
    Episode 52: Christopher Columbus & The Indians of God!

    Episode 52: Christopher Columbus & The Indians of God!

    Christopher Columbus & The Indians of God!

    It has often been claimed that Christopher Columbus did not refer to the Indigenous people of the Americas as "Indians" because he thought he landed in India, but because he thought that they were "gente in Dios." or "people in God." But is this actually true? and what is the source of this controversial claim?

    Your hosts:
    Kurly Tlapoyawa is an  archaeologist, ethnohistorian, and filmmaker. His  research covers  Mesoamerica, the American Southwest, and the  historical connections  between the two regions. He is the author of  numerous books and has  presented lectures at the University of New  Mexico, Harvard University,  Yale University, San Diego State  University, and numerous others. He  most recently released his  documentary short film "Guardians of the  Purple Kingdom," and is a  cultural consultant for Nickelodeon Animation  Studios.
    @kurlytlapoyawa

    Ruben  Arellano Tlakatekatl is a  scholar, activist, and professor of history.  His research explores  Chicana/Chicano indigeneity, Mexican indigenist  nationalism, and  Coahuiltecan identity resurgence. Other areas of  research include Aztlan  (US Southwest), Anawak (Mesoamerica), and  Native North America. He has  presented and published widely on these  topics and has taught courses at  various institutions. He currently  teaches history at Dallas College –  Mountain View Campus. 

    Cited in this podcast:

    “I Am Not a Leader”: Russell Means’ 1980 Mother Jones Cover Story

    Christopher Columbus, The Journal of Christopher Columbus (during His First Voyage, 1492-93) and Documents Relating the Voyages of John Cabot and Gaspar Corte Real, trans. Clements R. Markham, Cambridge Library Collection (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).

    David Wilton, Word Myths: Debunking Linguistic Urban Legends (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008).

    George Carlin, Brain Droppings (New York: Hyperion, 1997).

    Peter Matthiessen, “Native Earth,” Parabola: Myth & Quest for Meaning, Vol. 6, no. 1 (Spring 1981).

    Peter Matthiessen, Indian Country (New York: Viking Press, 1984). 

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    • 52 min
    Episode 51: American Homeboy w/ Brandon Loran Maxwell

    Episode 51: American Homeboy w/ Brandon Loran Maxwell

    American Homeboy with Brandon Loran Maxwell

    We are joined by filmmaker Brandon Loran Maxwell (the Daily Chela), to talk about his new documentary film "American Homeboy." American Homeboy is a  documentary film directed by Brandon Loran Maxwell that explores the  complex origins of pachuco and cholo culture which sprouted from  American soil more than 100 years ago in response to wartime sentiment,  social alienation, and government discrimination only to become a pop  culture phenomenon.
    The film draws from rare interviews shot  on 5k with leading Mexican American historians, academics, artists,  activists, cholos, and former law enforcement officers against a  backdrop of 50 hours of restored archival footage.
    Our Guest:
    Brandon Loran Maxwell is a Mexican American writer, speaker, prize  winning essayist, film director, and entrepreneur. His writings and  commentary have appeared at The Hill, Salon, Townhall, The Washington  Examiner, The Oregonian, The Foundation For Economic Education, and  Latino Rebels Radio, among others. In 2022, his writings were cited at  the U.S. Supreme Court (United States Of America vs. Helaman Hansen).
    In addition, Brandon regularly speaks on a variety of social topics,  and has been cited or profiled by outlets such as The Los Angeles Times,  Vox, The Washington Post, The Blaze, and The Oregonian. His personal  essay “Notes From An American Prisoner” was awarded a Writer’s Digest  prize in 2014, and his one-act play “Petal By Petal” about drug and  alcohol addiction was performed at The Little Theater in 2009. He holds a  B.S. in political science and resides on the West Coast.
    Your hosts:
    Kurly Tlapoyawa is an  archaeologist, ethnohistorian, and filmmaker. His  research covers  Mesoamerica, the American Southwest, and the  historical connections  between the two regions. He is the author of  numerous books and has  presented lectures at the University of New  Mexico, Harvard University,  Yale University, San Diego State  University, and numerous others. He  most recently released his  documentary short film "Guardians of the  Purple Kingdom," and is a  cultural consultant for Nickelodeon Animation  Studios.
    @kurlytlapoyawa

    Ruben  Arellano Tlakatekatl is a  scholar, activist, and professor of history.  His research explores  Chicana/Chicano indigeneity, Mexican indigenist  nationalism, and  Coahuiltecan identity resurgence. Other areas of  research include Aztlan  (US Southwest), Anawak (Mesoamerica), and  Native North America. He has  presented and published widely on these  topics and has taught courses at  various institutions. He currently  teaches history at Dallas College –  Mountain View Campus. 
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    • 1 hr 41 min
    Episode 50: Remembering Dr. Cintli w/ Juan Tejeda!

    Episode 50: Remembering Dr. Cintli w/ Juan Tejeda!

    Remembering Dr. Cintli with Juan Tejeda!

    We are joined by Juan Tejeda of Aztlan Libre Press to discuss the legacy  and impact of Roberto "Dr. Cintli" Rodriguez, who recently passed away  in Mexico. In tribute, we have a group reading of Roberto's  groundbreaking essay "Who declared war on the word Chicano?"

    Our Guest:

    Juan  Tejeda retired in 2016 as a professor of Mexican American Studies and  Music from Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas. A musician, writer,  arts administrator and Xicano activist, from 1976 to 1985 he was the  jefe segundo of Xinachtli, the first traditional Mexica-Azteca Conchero  dance group in Texas; and from 1980 to 1998 he was the Xicano Music  Program Director at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio.  He is the button accordionist and vocalist with the Conjunto Aztlan, and  along with his wife, Anisa Onofre, is the co-owner and publisher of  Aztlan Libre Press.

    Your Hosts:

    Kurly Tlapoyawa is an  archaeologist, ethnohistorian, and filmmaker. His research covers  Mesoamerica, the American Southwest, and the historical connections  between the two regions. He is the author of numerous books and has  presented lectures at the University of New Mexico, Harvard University,  Yale University, San Diego State University, and numerous others. He  most recently released his documentary short film "Guardians of the  Purple Kingdom," and is a cultural consultant for Nickelodeon Animation  Studios.
    @kurlytlapoyawa

    Ruben Arellano Tlakatekatl is a  scholar, activist, and professor of history. His research explores  Chicana/Chicano indigeneity, Mexican indigenist nationalism, and  Coahuiltecan identity resurgence. Other areas of research include Aztlan  (US Southwest), Anawak (Mesoamerica), and Native North America. He has  presented and published widely on these topics and has taught courses at  various institutions. He currently teaches history at Dallas College –  Mountain View Campus. 
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Episode 49: The Acambaro Figurines w/ Dr. David Anderson!

    Episode 49: The Acambaro Figurines w/ Dr. David Anderson!

    The Acambaro Figurines w/ Dr. David Anderson!

    In July 1944, in the Mexican city of Acambaro, Guanajuato, a German businessman named Waldemar Julsrud came across a series of bizarre ceramic figurines said to resemble dinosaurs. These figurines have been promoted by young-Earth creationists as evidence for the coexistence of dinosaurs and humans! But what are these figurines, really? Today we are joined by Dr. David Anderson to talk about the infamous Acambaro figurines!

    Our Guest:

    Dr. David Anderson is an Instructor with Radford University, and holds his degrees from Tulane University (Ph.D.) and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  His research interests include public archaeology and the conceptions of heritage, the Formative Period of Maya and Mesoamerican culture, the origins and development of sociopolitical complexity, and academic engagement with pseudoscience and pseudoarchaeology.  Dr. Anderson’s current publication projects include Weirding Archaeology: Unearthing the Strange Influences on the Popular Perception of Archaeology(forthcoming, Routledge), and “The Preclassic Settlement of Northwest Yucatán: Recharting the Pathway to Complexity”co-authored with F. Robles C. and A.P. Andrews, in Pathways to Complexity in the Maya Lowlands: The Preclassic Development, (K.M. Brown and G. J. Bey III, eds., University of Florida Press, 2018).

    Your Hosts:

    Kurly Tlapoyawa is an archaeologist, ethnohistorian, and filmmaker. His research covers Mesoamerica, the American Southwest, and the historical connections between the two regions. He is the author of numerous books and has presented lectures at the University of New Mexico, Harvard University, Yale University, San Diego State University, and numerous others. He most recently released his documentary short film "Guardians of the Purple Kingdom," and is a cultural consultant for Nickelodeon Animation Studios.
    @kurlytlapoyawa

    Ruben Arellano Tlakatekatl is a scholar, activist, and professor of history. His research explores Chicana/Chicano indigeneity, Mexican indigenist nationalism, and Coahuiltecan identity resurgence. Other areas of research include Aztlan (US Southwest), Anawak (Mesoamerica), and Native North America. He has presented and published widely on these topics and has taught courses at various institutions. He currently teaches history at Dallas College – Mountain View Campus. 
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Premium Episode 14: The Book of the Sun (Full Episode Unlocked!)

    Premium Episode 14: The Book of the Sun (Full Episode Unlocked!)

    The Book of the Sun

    In this episode, Tlakatekatl reads the short book entitled, The Book of the Sun (1992), by Cecilio Orozco, which was influential among Mexikas, danzantes, and the Mexikayotl movement. Kurly offers his personal perspective and provides context on the book's wider cultural impact. Enjoy!

    Your host: 
    Ruben Arellano Tlakatekatl is a scholar, activist, and professor of history. His research explores Chicana/Chicano indigeneity, Mexican indigenist nationalism, and Coahuiltecan identity resurgence. Other areas of research include Aztlan (US Southwest), Anawak (Mesoamerica), and Native North America. He has presented and published widely on these topics and has taught courses at various institutions. He currently teaches history at Dallas College – Mountain View Campus.  


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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

MelEP91 ,

Love it!

So excited for more new episodes!! I love learning more and I always find their explanations thoroughly entertaining and informative!!

RodBhoy713 ,

Medicine for My Mind & Spirit

Well researched and discussed, these guys have forced me to re-examine and critically consider so many “traditions” I once held as ancestral truths. Thank you Kurly & Tlacatekatl for giving voice to the honest truths about our country that indigenous Xican@ roots. Tlazocomati.

Amerimeximama ,

A relatable podcast

I find this podcast station relatable. Many of us are trying to know more about our ancestors and just more about us as a people.
I love that the hosts are educated and will speak up when something isn’t right even if they may be called names because our culture needs defending from those who seek to claim it for themselves. As Kurly says, “The truth is like medicine, it doesn’t always take good, but it’s good for you!”

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