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In this Sunday’s UUFSMA Online Service, archaeologist Albert Coffee will explain the consequences of the European conquest of Mexico and the mixture of cultural identities that is the result. He will address forms of syncretism -- mixing of religions - and brutal methods of conquest not only by the invading Spanish but among indigenous people as well. He promises a fascinating explanation for why Mexico is Mexico.
San Miguel de Allende's rich heritage makes this historic city one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. Anthropologists continue to uncover, analyze, and share knowledge of the region’s many layers of history going back to pre-Hispanic times. Coffee will also discuss migratory patterns dating to the original settlers of indigenous Bajio culture.
Coffee places special emphasis on the ancient nomads who built and gathered at LaCañada de la Virgen, one of only four ceremonial centers studied extensively among 1,400 ancient sites identified in the state of Guanajuato. Conquistadores encountered the fierce-fighting, semi-nomadic hunters, gatherers, and pyramid builders known as the Chichimecs. However, they were not the first or only cultural group to occupy the Bajio. Before them there were the Chupícuaro, famous for ceramic figurines depicting women with wide hips, geometric painted patterns, and cranial and dental deformation.
A specialist in ancient Mesoamerican culture, Coffee worked alongside the team excavating La Cañada de la Virgen during 2004 and 2005. Since the site’s 2011 public opening, he has guided more than 6,500 people on tours there and at other archeological sites in Mexico. He gives presentations and classes at schools and public institutions in San Miguel. He is also an investigator of the legends, wisdom, and memories of elders of ranch communities around the site and has worked in archaeological surveys of the state of Oaxaca.
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Due to the coronavirus, UUFSMA has suspended in-person Sunday services and other gatherings. A growing collection of previous online services can be found on the UUFSMA’s YouTube channel. Go to https://www.youtube.com/ and enter UUFSMA in the search box. The UU Fellowship welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel de Allende Apdo 798, San Miguel de Allende 37700 Guanajuato, Mexico