|The Aztec Indians inhabited the plains of Mexico from the 11th Century to the beginning of the 16th. The Aztecs spoke a language called Nahuatl which is still used by over a million Mexicans today, although Spanish is their official language. In 1324, the Aztecs settled in an island village called Tenochtitlan which later grew up into a large town. Mexico City is built on the same spot. In 1519, Hernando Cortex, a Spanish explorer landed in Mexico, matched to Tenochtitlan and took the Aztec King Montezuma prisoner. Two years later, he finally defeated the Aztecs and destroyed their city. Over the years, the Aztecs had constructed many beautiful palaces and pyramid-shaped temples for the worship of their numerous gods. Fortunately, not everything belonging to the Aztec civilization has disappeared. There are many well preserved architectural remains - sacrificial platforms, temples and a remarkable calendar stone.|
|During the Indian Summer Festival in October 2001, we have had
the pleasure of admiring the traditional dances of the Aztecs, performed by the
troup Calpulli Ehecatl ("community of the wind god") from Albuquerque
(Paz Zamora, Patricia Zamora and David), the group Xochipilli (prince of the
flowers) from Mexico City (Sergio Segura, his wife Temiki and two daughters
Nelli and Malinali) as well as Jose garcia from Mexico.
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