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The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

Web Site Links

Ancient - Zapotec
This site looks at dozens of writing systems from around the world, from Hieroglyphic and Ugartic to Indus and Chinese to Cherokee and Zapotec.  They are indexed by region and by connections to type of writing system, which includes a discussion of the development of the alphabet.  Related links and a bibliography are also provided.

Indigenous - Zapotec
This site from Indigenous Peoples Literature, a non-profit resource "for the advancement of all cultures," provides information on Zapotec history and culture, with useful links to maps and other images.

Latin American - Zapotecs
This site, created by an Indiana University professor of Latin American Studies, focuses on Latin America, Latinos and relations between the United States and Latin America.  It contains 35,000 links to information on Latin American and is a rich source for students.  The Zapotec section of the site provides details on Zapotec history, religion, culture, government, art, and more.

Mesoweb : An Exploration of Mesoamerican Cultures
Subtitled An Exploration of Mesoamerican Cultures, this site is "devoted to ancient Mesoamerica and its cultures: the Olmec, Maya, Aztec, Teotihuacano, Toltec, Mixtec, Zapotec and others" and presents information about an archeological dig and restoration project at Palenque in Chiapas, Mexico.  Photo, map, animations, videos (requiring QuickTime), rubbings of Maya sculptures, and an illustrated encyclopedia are available as well as the text of the first Palenque roundtable: a conference on art, iconography, and dynastic history of Palenque.  There are related links.  A joint venture of the Pre-Columbian Art Research Institute (PARI) and Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Antropologia y Historia (INAH).

Zapotec Indian Language (Zapoteco)
This Natives Languages of the Americas Website has many Zapotec languages resources, including a Zapotec-English-Spanish dictionary, Zapotec pronunciation guides, prayers and Bible verses in Zapoteco, demographic information on speakers of various Zapotecan dialects, and more.

The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

Ancient Mexico & Central America : archaeology and culture history
Call number: Ref F1219.E85 2004

Archaeology of ancient Mexico and Central America : an encyclopedia
Call  number: Ref F1218.6.A73 2001

Encyclopedia of ancient Mesoamerica
Call number: Ref F1219.B932 1996

Encyclopedia of Mexico : history, society & culture
Call number: Ref F1204.E539 1997x

The flayed God : the Mesoamerican mythological tradition : sacred texts and images from pre-Columbian Mexico and Central America
Call number: Ref F1219.3.R38M24 1992

Handbook of middle American Indians
Call number: Ref F1434.H3

The Oxford encyclopedia of Mesoamerican cultures : the civilizations of Mexico and Central America
Call number: Ref F1218.6.O95 2001

Vanished Mesoamerican civilizations : the history and culture of the Zapotecs and Mixtecs
Call number: Ref F1219.8.Z37G6713 2001

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Indians of Mexico--Antiquities

Indians of Mexico--History

Mexico--History--To 1519

Zapotec Indians

The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases  Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The 1 sample search below is from the ProQuest database.  Use advanced search and type each term in a separate box:

    1.  CO (Zapotec Tribe)

Researched and evaluated by:
M. Hogarth, Librarian 2/2000
last update: K. Bourgaize, Librarian 5/2010

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