Quetzalcoatl | Newberry


Cosmogonic Ruler, Redemptive Priest, and Noble Savage
Thursday, April 21, 2011

5:30 - 6:30 pm


Kay Read, DePaul University, Chicago
Center for American Indian Studies Programs
McNickle Seminar Series

The Mexican Highland god Quetzalcoatl (Feathered Serpent) has held the imagination of two radically different cultures and peoples living in three different historical contexts: the Late Postclassic, Early Colonial and presently.  My eventual goal is to begin interrogating primitivist categories governing selected contemporary images of Quetzalcoatl.  I will argue that these images are rooted in Spanish colonial pictures and have only a limited relationship to the pre-Conquest cosmogonic deity who actively participated in human governance.  To do this, I will employ a visually comparative analysis, raising methodological issues concerning the interpretation of resources rooted in a culture that used imagery as one of its primary communication tools.

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