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Sojourn to the Sun God

Title: Sojourn to the Sun God: Places of Emergence and Movement in Mixtec Codices.
Name(s): Schaeffer, D. Douglas Bryan, author
Carrasco, Michael, professor directing dissertation
Frank, Andrew, 1970-, university representative
Niell, Paul B., 1976-, committee member
Leitch, Stephanie, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Fine Arts, degree granting college
Department of Art History, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Doctoral Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2017
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (318 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Mixtec codices are sacred books folded like accordions and composed of strips of deer hide or fig-tree bark that visually narrate activities of deities, supernatural culture heroes, and the actions and genealogies of historical Mixtec kings and queens who wanted to emulate them. Recorded in a pictographic writing system, Mixtec codices are cultural artifacts that offer the viewer glimpses of the complex and layered representations of a specific people from particular places during the Postclassic epoch of Mesoamerica. A salient part of these visualized narratives is the act of travel. In Mixtec codices, travel typically begins with the physical act of emergence of a substance, being, or historical figure. Emergence is a visual point of departure for various narratives that pulsate with ongoing movement that we are here defining as travel itself, as the itinerant traversing of place, as the formation of visual trails in the landscape and in the narrative display and reading of the pages in Mixtec codices. Travel is repeated as a conceptual, visual, and performative trope throughout Mesoamerica in various media produced by distinct ethnic groups and communities with various levels of power in the wider webs of Mesoamerican praxis. Travel in the Mixtec codices connects to the incipient founding of community, to the contemporary people, place, and cultural rhythms of communal, ritual life. Through the visual narratives recorded in the codices, an understanding of Mixtec identity, memory, and therefore history is linked to specific places through specific actions such as emergence from and travel to points of origin. By examining such visually codified narratives, this dissertation posits that Mixtec ethnogeographies of travel form part of recording a community’s identity and its connection to place.
Identifier: FSU_FALL2017_Schaeffer_fsu_0071E_14163 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Art History in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester 2017.
Date of Defense: October 9, 2017.
Keywords: Codices, Geography, Mesoamerica, Mixtec, Place, Travel
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Michael D. Carrasco, Professor Directing Dissertation; Andrew Frank, University Representative; Paul Niell, Committee Member; Stephanie Leitch, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Art -- History
Latin America
Study and teaching
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Host Institution: FSU

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Schaeffer, D. D. B. (2017). Sojourn to the Sun God: Places of Emergence and Movement in Mixtec Codices. Retrieved from