KnowledgePath Book List

Upon their arrival, the Spanish burned all but a few of the sacred books compiled by the Maya, Zapotec, Aztecs, and other tribes. But in a twist of irony, it is through Spanish authors that we first read about the splendors of the Pre-Hispanic world here in the Amerícas. No person embodies this irony more than Friar Diego de Landa who burned many of the Maya codices and latter went on to write Yucatan Before and After the Conquest. Other great works from the Maya that survived because they were written down in the Castillian script after the Spanish Invasion are the Popol-Vuh and the Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel. Hernan Cortes’ Five Letters of Relation to the Emperor Charles V and The Conquest of New Spain by Bernal Diaz del Castillo contain vital information and first account descriptions of the world they helped destroy. The indigenous point of view of the conquest can be read in The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico.
Other great books include In the Language of Kings: An Anthology of Mesoamerican Literature, Pre-Colombian to the Present by Miguel León-Portilla and Earl Shorris, Genesis: Memory of Fire by Eduardo Galeano, Black Elk Speaks, The Sacred Pipe: Black Elk’s Account of the Seven Rites of the Oglala Sioux, and Book of the Hopi amongst others.
Other books that I have found to be great gifts are Native American Wisdom (from the Classic Wisdom Collection) and any reproduction of the ancient codices of the ancient Mesoamericans.

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