The Persistence of Nahua Culture

“Genealogy of Pedronilla Francisca Tenuch and her mother-in-law, Juliana Tlaco”
Ink and watercolor on amatl, 1575

This pictorial genealogy identifies the key actors in the property litigation between Pedronilla and her mother-in-law, Juliana. Speech scrolls indicate the chief characters and darkened faces indicate the deceased. Pedronilla (named at upper center) and her deceased husband Constantino (named at right) are both descendants of the same unnamed family patriarch; their deceased infant son Felipe is depicted between his parents. Constantino's mother Juliana is on the right. A house (drawn at right) that belonged to Juliana's parents is among the properties in dispute.

Newberry Library: Vault oversize Ayer MS 1902

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