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Ancient Huasteca Women Goddesses, Warriors and Governors

April 26 – July 21, 2024 Goddesses, Warriors and Governors

Over 130 artifacts, many of them never before exhibited or published, highlight several roles of women in the Mesoamerican civilization known as the Huasteca (wăs-Te-kah). The ancient indigenous artifacts, from approximately 1500 BCE to 1400 CE, were unearthed in the Huasteca region along the Gulf of Mexico and the present-day states of Veracruz, Hidalgo, Tamaulipas and San Luis Potosi. Life-size stone sculptures, small clay fertility figures, vessels and stone, conch and shell jewelry will reexamine some of our contemporary perceptions of Huasteca womenfolk, their influential positions, and their role in age-old rituals and the sacred ballgame.

This exclusive exhibition, from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in Mexico includes recently excavated sculptures that reveal ancient stories of female deities, warriors, governors, and priestesses.

Curated by INAH Archeologists David Antonio Morales and María Eugenia Maldonado

Organized by the Secretaría de Cultura and Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia

Cultura Inah

Funded by:

The Joyce Foundation
Prince Charitable Trust
Chicago Park District
Illinois Arts Council