The Americas: A Free, Open Textbook in Progress

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For educators: Create an illustrated glossary of Nahuatl/English loan words

When you’re teaching from many textbooks, it’s easy to think of native societies as “the other” – the Aztec are conquered and swept aside, if they’re mentioned at all, and they appear from the perspective of their conquerors.  They didn’t even call themselves the Aztec, for that matter – they referred to themselves as the Mexica, a name lent to the modern nation, and often excluded from your textbooks to prevent confusion between the two among students.   Continue reading “For educators: Create an illustrated glossary of Nahuatl/English loan words”

The Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huang and the Projection of Power

What makes a great leader?  How do we know when a government is powerful? Can these words “great” and “powerful” mean different things?

This lesson was reported from:

Lintong, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China.

Adapted in part from open sources.

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