Beyond Maize, Beans, and Squash with Dr. Michael Mathiowetz

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Thursday April 29

4:00 PM  –  5:00 PM

Thursday, April 29th, 2021 4:00 p.m. MDT
Online Webinar

 

 

Beyond Maize, Beans and Squash: Identifying the Source and Nature of Mesoamerican Influence on US Southwest/Northwest Mexican Dynamics after the Origin of Agriculture with Dr. Michael Mathiowetz

 

Assessments on the nature, degree, and source of Mesoamerican influence on social dynamics of prehispanic societies of northern Mexico and the US Southwest has waxed and waned over the past century. Scholars agree that key domesticated agricultural crops, such as maize from Mesoamerica, served to transform the economic and social lifeways of people in the Southwest, with some considering crops alone to be the most significant southern contribution. However, there remains an ongoing debate on characterizing how the political, religious, economic, and social dynamics of Mesoamerican complex societies impacted and intersected with Southwestern social changes, particularly after AD 900. Was there synchronicity in these connections? Which specific societies in Mesoamerica were involved and why? In this talk, Mathiowetz aims to reorient and sharpen the focus of this debate by identifying a key geographical locale in Mesoamerica that had an outsized role in shaping historical processes of change among various cultures in the US Southwest and northern Mexico.

 

The webinar is suitable for lifelong learners from high school students to adults.  The lesson is free.

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