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posted Feb 26, 2013, 9:37 AM by Ellen Snaith
Assigned:  February 26, 2013   Due:  March 14, 2013

The Aztec Codex


The Aztecs recorded information about their culture and historical events using codices.  They were largely pictorial and were very colourful.  Pictographs were used to covey meaning, though after European contact some description was also added.  When picturing people, the Aztecs would have the faces in profile, while the body faced forward.  The Aztec codices were read in the same manner that we read our books, from left to right, top to bottom. 



The Aztecs used the codices to record information that they felt was very important. 


Your task is to create a codex that communicates how the Aztecs came to settle in their capital city of TenochtitlanConsider the following questions:

  • Did the Aztec’s spiritual beliefs influence their settlement location?  How?
  • What did the Aztecs value that influenced their choice of settlement location?
  • How do you think what the Aztecs valued influenced their worldview and how they could view people who would come to their land?


You may use a combination of words and images to share your findings on the Codex. 


Since this Codex will appear in a museum display about the lives of the Aztecs, you need to create a placard.  The placard will hang beside your Codex and explain the intricacies of the illustrations, as well as the Aztec worldview.




Ellen Snaith,
Feb 26, 2013, 9:37 AM