Tuesday, November 20, 2007

El Jaguar, y sus mitos mesoamericanos

I hope everyone is ready for Turkey Day!!! I read an intersting
article yesterday that has to do with the reappearance of the
jaguar in the American Southwest. The Southwest at one point
in history was still the territory of the native Mexicans related
to the Aztecs, Maya, and other tribes. All of whom had import-
ant myths and stories to tell about their elusive fantastical
creature, the jaguar.

Once you've clicked on the picture link above and seen both
pictures, be sure to go to the link here, and read the article in
Smithsonian magazine. As you are reading, answer the questions:

1. Why is it strange to see the jaguar in the American Southwest?

2. What size is the cat?

3. How long has it been since the last one was seen in the US?

4. How is Mexican president Vicente Fox involved?

5. What is meant by the phrase: "This site alone shows these animals
are not transients?

Go to this article on Aztec mythology in Wikipedia, and read the
sections entitled: "Tezcatlipoca and Quetzalcoatl" and "Mythical

6. Who was Tezcatlipoca?

7. Who was his enemy?

8. What was one of the animal forms which Tezcatlipoca assumed to
protect himself?

9. What did he do once he had taken this form?

Read the entry for 'Jaguars' in this article on the Olmecs and answer:

1. What are the functions of the jaguar in their mythology?

2. Since the jaguar in their mythology is actually a god in the form of a
beast, what do you suppose is actually happening in this picture?

Read the following story called 'El Origen de los Felinos' and answer:

1. Where is this story from?

2. How are the Yanomani's ideas about the jaguar similar to the Maya
or Olmec?

3. What happens to jaguar at the end of the story?

4. What is the similarity between Tezcatlipoca, and the Yanomani's
jaguar in the story?

Have fun over the weekend! Come back safe and in one piece!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Día de los Muertos

Halloween is around the corner and soon everyone in America
will be 'taking their masks off'. But in other countries, the traditions
are somewhat different. One of the most famous is Día de los Muertos
en México.
Pronto va a ser el festival de Halloween, y todo americano
va a 'quitarse su máscara'. Pero, en otros países, las tradiciones
son un poquito diferentes. Uno de los más famosos es
Día de los Muertos en México.
Use the information at this link to answer the following questions:
1) What does the word 'panteones' mean, and what purpose do they serve?
1) Clickea en 'panteones' y explica para qué sirven.
2)Describe what sorts of things you
might find in the 'mercado' from the pictures
2)Usando las fotos, describe que tipo de cosas
uno encontraría en los mercados
3)Click on 'casas'. What do people set up in their houses?
3)¿Qué cosas construyen en sus casas?
4) Who do they expect to follow them on the 'calles y caminos'?
4) ¿A quién esperan los chinelos que les siguen
por los caminos y las calles?
Watch the video in the 'practicas' section under 'pedir calaveras'.
Then answer the following:
Mira el video en la sección de prácticas en el
link 'pedir calaveras'. Contesta:
1) How has the tradition changed over time?
1) ¿Cómo ha cambiado la tradición recientemente?
2)What sorts of important clues into the tradition
can be found in the child's chant for candy?
¿¿Qué pistas acerca de la tradición
podemos ver en el canto de los niños?
Get together with one of the native speakers and
read the section marked 'ofrendas'. Why do you suppose
that the translation to English is so different from the
original in Spanish? What did you learn from the Spanish
version? Click the link marked 'album de fotos' at the
bottom of the page. Describe two of the 'ofrendas' that
you see in the album
Clickea en el link marcado 'album de fotos' al final de
la página y describe dos de las ofrendas que ves.
What is the purpose of the use of copal incense?
¿Para qué se usa el incienso de copal?

Monday, October 8, 2007


¡Gracias a todos por un buen comienzo a la estación de blogología!
Thanks everyone for a great start to the blogging season!
I hope everyone enjoyed the experience and learned something new. I'm looking forward to more responses next time:)

Friday, October 5, 2007

El 25 de Noviembre

View the monument "El Obelisco Macho" at the following site.
Click the `Image Info' button to read the caption.
Here is another picture of the base of the monument
1.) What would "Pintado en honor a las Hermanas Mirabal" mean?

Hold down the "Control" button and click on this link:
2.) What are the Mirabal Sister's names?
3.) Why is November 25 a particularly important date?

4.) Why were the sisters such an important influence in the Dominican Republic?

Hold down the control button and click this.
5.) Who is the author of the book mentioned in the article?

6.) Why would the Dominican people see this book as problematic?

7.) What is the subject of the book?

Read these sections from the following article. `Rise to Power', `Family Life', the `Parsley Massacre' and `His Death'.

9.) With whom did Trujillo train in a military capacity?

10.) What sorts of tactics did he use in order to maintain his control over the people?

11.) Why was `The Parsley Massacre' hypocritical for Trujillo?

12.) Who supplied the weapons for Trujillo's assassination?

View this picture. Be sure to click the `Image Info' button.
13.) Why is this car in a museum?

More links:
Historia de Trujillo
Photos and more history of Las Hermanas Mirabal
Extended history of Trujillo with extensive photo galleries
Homenaje a las Hermanas Mirabal: