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Between them they have created a unique team which has worked for over 30 years in partnership with the Museum of Mankind, the British Museum, the Royal Academy of Arts, the BBC, over 2,000 primary schools the length and breadth of England, and a wealth of institutions, groups and individuals seeking to learn from Mexico’s culture and people. If you would like to call on their expertise, please phone Mexicolore on +44 (0)20 7622 9577.
Mexicolore is a small independent teaching team based in London providing specialist educational services on Mexico and teaching resources on the Mexica (Aztecs), centered on team visits to schools and museums, interactive videoconferencing lessons, artefact loan boxes, and a range of teaching resources, on Mexico in general and the Aztecs in particular, plus background information and advice, for schools and museums throughout England.
Please visit our main Aztecs/Mexica website! Either click on ‘Aztec Pages’ (left hand menu) or follow the link in the ‘Latest News’ box above...
We also offer:
• traditional hand-made papier mache Mexican piñatas!
• authentic Mexican costumes, decorations and props for hire and sale;
• a unique photo library on Mexico;
• full consultancy service covering everything from Mexican entertainers to Day of the Dead festival traditions.
...the clash of two worlds
Full colour illustrations of Aztec calendar signs or ‘fates’
featured at Expo 67 in Montreal...
to be who you were?
Can you read her name?
with our latest online quiz
was highly effective
“Let’s go...!’ - Get involved with Mexicolore...
... all on a single beautifully produced DVD-ROM
from the Codex Mendoza!
- a short introduction
and really did COUNT in life...
How did he WANT to die?
meaning in the lives of the Mexica/Aztecs
No, it’s just good old Goggle Man...
for learning Náhuatl...
the end of the world...
Aztec warrior v Spanish conquistador
of leading Mexica deities
of the violence of spiritual as well as military conquest...
- ‘Bak’tun the future...’!
alternate history novel written so far
new downloadable resources...
‘smoking’ obsidian mirrors
on the Aztec life cycle...
- in Haslemere Museum!
PUZZLES and a LOT of info...
come to be at the heart of modern research
- a bit hard to (de)SCRIBE...
- but you could move up and down...
and leads the sun across the sky...
2,000 gods! We name the key ones...
of the sacred precinct of Tenochtitlan
of celestial water meet on the horizon
into the Mexica people and their lives...
survive the Spanish Conquest?
using Mexicolore’s Sunstone resource...
consults Mexicolore about his Aztec story...
- the Mexica version...
of the origin of people...
created a beautiful model of the Sunstone
to the copper industry...
... a rare 18th. century Mexican embroidered ‘rebozo’
to specific cities, towns, or neighbourhoods
rich in colour...
‘monster’ metate which we’ve been allowed to see
and medicine for millennia
‘quechquémitl’ (girl’s neck-cape)
match the coursing of stars above?
to reach Tenochtitlan in 1519...
to sell themselves to feed their families...
inspires a new play on the rise of the Aztecs
in ‘A Soldier in Every Son’...
Cyclical time just keeps going round...
with ancient beliefs in Mesoamerica
Read about Tlaloc’s journey to Mexico City.
... lives in Liverpool
as sacred herbal medicines
from Classical Náhuatl?
Tec’s latest challenges!
No! It’s his ‘bloody’ title
after the Spanish Conquest? (1)
was called the ‘Ceasing of water’
women and the Aztec world
were hand modelled...
on a codex page, on a temple wall...
been a lucrative one in pre-Hispanic Mexico
but you could get ‘moused’...!
how the Aztecs viewed the Spanish invaders
made in the Americas before the arrival of Europeans...’
‘grandfather’ of Aztecs studies...
... near Chichester!
The classic legend of the two volcanoes
REWARD: a beautiful cape!
called horses ‘super-deer’...
working with Mexicolore in schools
if Aztec herbal medicines still work?
to Mexico’s pre-Hispanic past
the biography of ‘the last Mexica princess’
was a truly ancient hunting weapon
with the Day of the Dead...
‘grew’ their children a bit like plants...
had a Jekyll & Hyde nature - so very Aztec!
has its own particular qualities
in the Coat of Arms of Lord Cowdray (of Cowdray Park in Sussex)
expressed in a Náhuatl poem
with our new Sunstone experience!
he just blew your mind...
to a whole new level of meaning...
to the present-day Nahua
- what a lotta pottery!
between Aztec captor and captive...
using teacher-tested ideas...
a study in survival - Conclusion
nourished the growing Aztec empire
in individual Mexica lives...
in the Americas for more than three millennia...
For the Aztec Girl...
Monsters of the Celestial Vault
son enfermedades del corazón
a heavy LOAD of responsibility...
in the search for Moctezuma’s predecessors
after the Spanish Conquest? (2)
the ‘disordered filaments of the underworld’
simple Aztec toy...
- is the quetzal the ultimate symbol of beauty?
very much a ‘mask culture’...
and symbolic in the Mexica empire
- was anything but a soft touch...
take generations to ‘season’
physical strength, moral force
the Mexica ‘sang with their feet...’
after the Spanish Conquest? (2) - Conclusion
on Aztec every-day life...
performed by 5 priests... or 6?
to follow the models of their ancestors...
- how to pronounce some of the commonest words
of their impending doom?
Read the first in our ‘Birth Sign Bonanza’ series
- a creature with ancient associations...
- you should love her to bits!
- you could bet your life on it...
- ‘to their hearts’ content’
to inspire today’s stone workers
did the Mexica (Aztecs) play?
toads helped feed their religion...
was crucial to ensuring Mexica power
in south west England
cactus beetles called cochineal - in huge quantities...
- ancient hero or figure of death?
The upright digging stick
the gentler side of the Mexica came to the fore...
has just been identified as the ‘deer-killer’!
AZTEC HOUSE like...?
would have been the ballpayers we know today...
... in south west London
- was one of the oldest Aztec gods
of the family treasure chest
From now on they’re the Mexica!
to hide the soft bag under your cape...
has been positively identified...!
with music, inspired by Nahua culture
making had a mystical significance...
to be exemplary citizens...
We survey our Panel of Experts...
in Forest Hill
long before the Aztecs had settled in the central highlands...
The deadly Ahuizotl...
- at the very centre of Aztec life
Join us at the BM...
and held like darts thrown in battle!
- a person was all fingers and thumbs!
... and the genuine artefacts!
clues to ancient Mexican weddings
those goggle eyes...!
high-chairs for meal times?
from the simplest of house designs
the cutting edge of their art
- and the Mexica wore them all...
truth itself is a sacrificial victim
the canoe was king
- the one truly Aztec god
the ‘fantastic character’ of Aztec instruments
the most precious artefact of all - a young baby...
...for rugs: perfect for colouring in!
‘the hollow of both hands placed together’
turquoise mosaics at the BM
about ‘The Angry Aztecs’
depended on an ecological miracle...
an international symposium and major exhibition
... as a Smoking Mirror
- the Aztecs’ Broadsword
ear-piercing, tongue-piercing or nose-piercing?
- a tortilla!
the Spanish must have been eeuugghhh!
A Nahua Ritual for Abundant Crops
raise the tempo on a teponaztli...
... in the Royal Pavilion
was in some contexts a sacred instrument
... Learn how to cook the books!
and Mother of the Gods
the Aztecs’ greatest artistic achievement?
Nip up a gum tree and discover the original Aztec recipe...
was given to The Queen in 1973
We have a hot tip for you...!
just one long GRIND...?
- ‘so that their hair shone...’
but just how were they used in practice?
can be seen in Philadelphia
- the cypress tree...
- sacred energy in motion...
...they ‘sang with their feet’
Make your own Aztec sacrifice knife!
- a little town in New Mexico?
- even the Spanish were deeply impressed...
Discover the folly of the 1 Deer birth sign.
ancient peoples used it to seal and stick
Aztec shields - status symbols par excellence
the pelican mirrored their fate...
of pre-Columbian artefacts
of pre-Hispanic Mexican artefacts
by Year 6 children in Newcastle-upon-Tyne
in using shell to craft exquisite turquoise mosaics
One of the most ancient of Aztec artefacts
... were often linked to clothing
to something precious underneath...
through Aztec calendar signs and masks...
The problem of forgeries in Mesoamerican Art
- The god with the longest name?
- the Aztecs gave you a sporting chance...
You were probably born on 1-Flower!
- a real one has been found!
...for over 800 years!
‘how Aztec poetry works...’
... evolve from Aztec rain-god pots?
To the Aztecs they were omens as well as pests...
- basic kit for Aztec DJs!
has a sad tale to tell...
The timeless sound of tortilla-making
... I just need to get a grip!
envision the cosmos?
... you were compared to a ripe ear of corn
- frozen in time
play marbles, or jacks?
Aztecs thought it was blood of the gods.
Ancient Mexican life had a real swing to it...
following up on a team visit to your school
Louis XIV of France only washed twice in his LIFE!
... and they were rich enough to feed thousands of Aztecs
... they made a strong case ‘for crying out loud’
as well as important sources of clean water...
... was a special symbol for the Aztecs?
... for the Aztecs it was water to water
from the Royal Academy ‘Aztecs’ exhibition
‘Cultural/Educational Resource of the Year’!
- goddess of the ‘steamy’ side of life...
The Aztecs slept fitfully...
- a ‘spot the mistakes’ Aztec teaser
by the time the Aztecs came along
on Mexican themes in schools
Did the Aztecs just ‘toy’ with the idea?
... feet handle rough terrain far better
would have surprised anyone expecting talk of blood
Where did Phillip Pullman get his ‘daemon’ idea from?
- or the ‘Mexica’
... was used in Europe for 200 years
One of the benefits of the agave!
by ‘Human Sacrifice’?
Fresh fish from the coast daily ... on foot!
Patolli was an Aztec board game.
in the Western Hemisphere
... the rabbit was an important day and year-bearer sign
the ‘Kids in Museums’ movement is born
never eaten as it is today
and connect artefacts at ground level to the planets above!
how to say Hello in Náhuatl
... but isn’t the original in the wrong place?
Why not Skype us...?
Did the Aztecs eat nutritious green goo?
- as super glue makers!
... required an awful lot of balls!
began with pregnancy and birth.
... a healthy thwacking!
thought about the body and the world
Do you give as much as you receive?
of a large horned toad-shaped ocarina
the simple act of grieving over loss
from us after a team visit!
... with age
Get your pupils to prepare an article about Mexicolore
- or wake-up call?
attacked with armoured dogs...
that imitates the roar of the wind...
to rescue the country’s ancient musical heritage...
for studying the music of the Aztecs/Mexica
at the Aztec Sunstone?
School visit led to 25 years on the road
are VERY cheap-and-nasty!
drive a scribe dotty...
from under a bookshop proved a thorny task
of the Aztec Calendar Stone?
Mestizo restaurant and win a prize!
- you either love them or you hate them!
is the most searched-for...
... is the Day of the Dead?
and the famous crystal skull in the British Museum?
- but it’s enough to inspire and fill a wonderful new book
2500 years before the Conquest?
was not limited to ancient Peru
of the Wellcome Collection’s latest exhibition
- a universal custom?
... and by 20th century Chevrolets!
- the only Aztec god you can bank on?
is a tiny pre-Hispanic poem!
of the Plumed Serpent?
runs on and on...
- and the Aztecs used ‘tooth place’ everywhere!
NGfL say this site is a valuable set of resources.
... their hearts still beat underground
... to inspire your art projects
... one of the 20th. century’s greatest sculptors
Frida Kahlo’s ‘lost’ painting
- sheds new light on just how superb Aztec mosaic workers were
... No! It’s part of Tezcatlipoca’s ‘ezpitzal’
A major international conference in London
Learning from experts in the heart of Tenochtitlan...
in English older than 1965?!
to the New World
have for years sported THE Aztec icon
Moctezuma or D B C Pierre?!
very severely this winter
... Aztec music is coming alive in England!
‘the world’s largest interactive classroom project’