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Mexico & Central American Civilizations: Zapotec Indians - Web Sites

Aztecs, Mayas, Mixtec Indians, Zapotec Indians; also called Mesoamericans.

Web Sites

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.