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Indian art -- Central America

View Resource The Mapas Project

Mapas are pictorial manuscripts, and Mesoamerica is a region well-known for creating such important documents. Painter-Scribes painted the daily life of their community, such as "their migrations and original settlement in towns, the genealogies of their leading families, their conquests of neighboring groups, their religious observations, their economic accountings." For visitors interested in...
View Resource William P. Palmer III Collection

This unique collection housed at the University of Maine represents a broad spectrum of pre-Columbian and Northwest Coast art collected between 1965 and 1970. The items here include 550 tomb figures from the Colima, Jalisco, and Nayarit cultures of Western Mexico, along with 1150 ceramic figures from the Michoacán and Chupácuaro cultures of Mexico. Additionally, the collection includes ceramics...