Mexico - Oaxaca, Mitla & Monte Alban 2003
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Most probably a Zapotec (or less probably Mixtec) boy who sales knitted bracelets
Excursion in a valley near Oaxaca...
Zapotec rug manufacture
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"Besides being one of the earliest cities of Mesoamerica, Monte Albán's importance stems also from its role as the pre-eminent Zapotec socio-political and economic center for close to a thousand years. Founded toward the end of the Middle Formative period at around 500 BC, by the Terminal Formative (ca.100 BC-AD 200) Monte Albán had become the capital of a large-scale expansionist polity that dominated much of the Oaxacan highlands and interacted with other Mesoamerican regional states such as Teotihuacan to the north (Paddock 1983; Marcus 1983)."
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"The Mesoamerican ballgame was a sport with ritual associations played for over 3000 years by the pre-Columbian peoples of Mesoamerica. The sport had different versions in different places during the millennia, and a modern version of the game, ulama, is still played in a few places by the local indigenous population. Pre-Columbian ballcourts have been found throughout Mesoamerica."
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"Mitla is the second most important archeological site in the state of Oaxaca in Mexico, and the most important of the Zapotec culture. While Monte Albán was most important as the political center, Mitla was the main religious center."
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Favela on the way...