Considered as professionals living in an old-fashioned world, historians of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) want to share their difficulties and satisfactions with general public, including students that want to dedicate to history in a non-conventional congress taking place in the last week of October 2009.

“Dialogos con la Etnohistoria” (Dialogues with Ethnohistory) is the name of the meeting where 16 researchers will share the results of their studies, regarding less known aspects of the Conquest, conformation of towns like Coyoacan and San Angel towards the end of 18th century, administration of Ecatepec Encomienda (trusteeship) by  Leonor Moctezuma and complete works by Domingo Chimalpahin.

Audience of the lectures taking place during October 27th to 29th 2009 at National Museum of Anthropology (MNA), from 10 to 15 hours, will understand aspects of the historian work, particularly those devoted to study population groups (one of Ethno history definitions) searching documents from Prehispanic codices and 16th century documents to 19th century papers.  

Among specialists from the INAH Ethnography Direction is Dr. Eduardo Corona, who declared “facing this crisis situation in Mexico, ethno historical research has an important role reaffirming our identity and origin bonds. Every project of this direction has this objective”.

“Neither ethnohistorians nor society are isolated; we are compromised in the quest for historic truth. We want to share this, not only our academic interests but problems and dilemmas they carry along, as well as the compromise we have with the research object-subject”.

This compromise translates into the implementation of this knowledge to collaborate with Mexican social formation, to know who we are and why we are different from other social formations worldwide. We are settling a history that articulates anthropology with history, declared the expert.

Ethnohistorian Eduardo Corona will present the theme “La Conquista del Cem Anahuac”, the Mesoamerican political organization that confronted with European mercantilist enterprises. He mentioned there have been little attempts to articulate archaeology and ethnohistory regarding sites as Templo Mayor or Tlatelolco.

Ethnohistorian Gilda Cubillo will present the results of her research regarding Coyoacan and San Angel neighborhoods. She found a population register of Coyoacan dated in 1792 which study helped her understand family structures of this ancient town. During the late 18th century Coyoacan lodged 800 persons and San Angel, 560.

“Families were structured according to their origin, depending if they were Spanish, Mestizo, Mulatto or Indigenous, which influenced social structure. I found Spanish people intermarried to conserve status”.
“I exemplified these kinship structures analyzing 2 families, their inheritance and succession ways, the Ixtolinques, indigenous nobles of Coyoacan, and the Adalis, from the Spanish local elite” mentioned Cubillo.

Specialist Teresa Sanchez will present at the meeting the case of doña Leonor Moctezuma, daughter of the last Aztec ruler, Moctezuma II, who towards 1529 received the Ecatepec Encomienda.

The ethnohistorian located a claim placed by Cristobal Sotelo, one of Leonor heirs, demanding part of the trusteeship. She also found the dowry document of Juana de Heredia, then fiancée of don Cristobal.

These and other themes will be presented at the Congress Dialogues with Ethnohistory. Those attending will receive a letter of record if they register previously. Further information is available dialing 5286 5016, Ethnohistory Direction, or at the E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.