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Maya | Mixtec
Language(s): Spanish
Date: 1785; circa 1800
Contributor: Unknown
Extent: 2 items
Description: Two of the various items related to the Dupaix expeditions of 1806 (totaling four loose notebooks with 23 ink and pencil sketches of Mexican ruins and hieroglyphics featuring fragmented text, in Spanish, with images of construction and decoration on stonework, pottery and buildings of various native ruins of the Yucatan). "Notas varias y Caprichosas; Tehuantepec, Tonila, etc." discusses means of construction and decoration of stone work in various Mexican and Mayan sites (One sheet bears reference to 2nd Mixtecan expedition, 1806, i.e., DuPaix's 1806 expedition). "Pyramide de Paplanta [sic]. Description Ic[o]nografica, de la antigua y famosa Piramide o Adoratorio del Pueblo de Papantla" consists of two items relating to the pyramid at Papantla.
Collection: Notes on Mexican Antiquities (Mss.913.72.N84)

Language(s): English
Date: Undated
Contributor: Unknown
Type:Text
Extent: 2 pages
Description: A brief two-page piece attributed to A. P. H. titled "The method of the Indians in preparing skins." Describes the steps taken by Native women when dressing buck and doe skins. Restricted. Original at the Royal Society of London.
Collection: Royal Society (Great Britain) miscellaneous correspondence and documents (Mss.Film.460)

Language(s): Spanish
Date: Undated
Contributor: Unknown
Genre: Notebooks | Essays
Extent: 15 pages
Description: One of various items related to the Dupaix expeditions of 1806 (totaling four loose notebooks with 23 ink and pencil sketches of Mexican ruins and hieroglyphics featuring fragmented text, in Spanish, with images of construction and decoration on stonework, pottery and buildings of various native ruins of the Yucatan). This item, "Algo de lengua mexicana, y de la explicacion de Algunos geroglificos," is a brief essay on phonology, dialectical differences, and an explanation of some hieroglyphics.
Collection: Notes on Mexican Antiquities (Mss.913.72.N84)

Natchez
Language(s): English
Date: 1840
Contributor: Unknown
Type:Text
Extent: 136 pages
Description: This account of the Natchez was written at Natchez in November 1840 and appears to convey oral history of the time. The unidentified author begins by stating “it was with extreme difficulty we succeeded in procuring the information.” The document touches on Natchez history and “manners, customs, [and] traditions.” The focus of the document is on their history, however, and much of the content was relayed to the author orally by Natchez consultants. There is an extended discussion of Natchez beliefs and practices. The document contains biographical data on prominent members of the Natchez and other native peoples, such as Pushmataha.
Collection: The Natchez, 1840 (Mss.970.3.N19)