- 3 hours
National Museum of Anthropology Tour in Mexico City
From Teotihuacan to the Aztecs
The Maya and Indigenous Mexico Today
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Alejandro Cañas-Ortiz is an archaeologist born and raised in Mexico City. When he was 8 years old, he became interested in pre-Colombian civilizations, especially after his parents took him to an excursion in Teotihuacan, as well as some different archaeological collections in the country. He has a MA in Mesoamerican Studies from National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he researched the interaction between Teotihuacan and the Maya. He is also versed in Maya hieroglyphs, a passion that began when he was an undergraduate at National School of Anthropology and History. He gained experience as an expert guide while researching prestigious collections, such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Templo Mayor Museum, and National Anthropology Museum. Additionally, his research has been published in academic peer-reviewed books. Whether at an archaeological site or in a museum of antiquities, Alejandro looks forward to sharing his devotion and knowledge about pre-Colombian cultures with travelers on Context tours in Mexico City.
Cecilia was born in Denmark, to a Danish mother and a Chilean father, and grew up in Nicaragua, Tanzania, and Denmark. Understanding cultures and historical memory have always been primus motor in Cecilia’s interests, which led to her obtaining a Master´s Degree in American Indian Cultures and Languages from the University of Copenhagen, in which she specialized in how human mobility and cultural interaction functioned in Mesoamerica. In 2008, she got her archaeological feet wet in Tiwanaku, Bolivia, and became interested in how human remains, and the cultural handling of the dead reflect the living society. She worked in the National Museum of Denmark as a guide and student intern in the Ethnographic Collection. Since arriving in Mexico in 2011, Cecilia has studied many different aspects of cultural formation in Central Mexico, mainly Teotihuacan, where she lives. Cecilia has presented papers at international symposia in Museo del Templo Mayor (INAH) and the University of Copenhagen, guest-lectured at the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia (ENAH), and has authored and co-authored several publications (2013, 2014 and 2017). She is also an IB MYP history examiner and a freelance translator, speaking (and giving tours) in English, Spanish and Danish. Besides her research interests, Cecilia is passionate about environmental issues, the zero-waste movement and sustainability in modern society.
Born and raised in Mexico City, David is an Ethnohistorian graduated from the National School of Anthropology and History. His field of expertise is folk and popular religion, an area of study that explores the syncretism that appeared in Mexico with the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadors and gave rise to new traditions born of a fusion between Catholicism and Mesoamerican beliefs. He has also worked in the Historical Archive of the National Astronomical Observatory and the Digital University Collections Center, both at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM.
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