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2017 Cuauhtemoc Celebration - Annual Event

Sunday, February 19, 2017

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This special Aztec blessing and intimate Aztec Dance ceremony is in honor of Mexico's last Tlatoani (Leader), Cuauhtemoc. Blessing and Aztec Dance Starts at 12 pm. Open to the public! Danzantes y publico bienvenidos!

Who was Cuauhtemoc and Why Is he an Important Figure to the Aztec People?

Cuauhtémoc was the Aztec ruler (tlatoani) of Tenochtitlan from 1520 to 1521. The name Cuauhtemoc is a Nahuatl one which means "One That Has Descended Like an Eagle", commonly rendered in English as "Swooping Eagle" as in the moment when an eagle folds its wings and plummets down to strike its prey, so this is a name that implies aggressiveness and determination.

He ascended to the throne when he was 25 years of age, as his city was being besieged by the Spanish and devastated by an epidemic of smallpox brought to the New World by Spanish Invaders. Cuauhtémoc was tortured by having his feet put to a fire, along with Tetlepanquetzal, the tlatoani of Tlacopán, and the Cihuacóatl (counselor) Tlacotzin, but even so they refused to divulge information about the treasures the Spanish coveted.

In 1525, Cortés took Cuauhtémoc and several other indigenous nobles on his expedition to Honduras, fearing that Cuauhtémoc could have led an insurrection in his absence. While the expedition was stopped in the Chontal Maya capital of Itzamkanac, known as Acalan in Nahuatl, Cortés had Cuauhtémoc executed for allegedly conspiring to kill him and the other Spaniards.

Today, Cuauhtemoc is a universal object of veneration in Mexico. Streets, parks, stadia and celebrations are named after him. His legacy represents the enduring determination and indigenous heritage of the Mexicah (Aztec) people.

Para informacion en espanol, favor de comunicarse con director del grupo de danza azteca Sr. Martin Tellez, de Tlacopan (Tacuba), Mexico al 213-300-4511.

Sponsored by: La Placita Olvera and In Tlanextli Tlacopan Danzantes Aztecas
Category Dance
When Sunday, February 19, 2017
Where Placita Olvera - Historic Olvera Street
845 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Admission Ages: All Ages and Family Friendly
Contact 213-300-4511
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