Reproduction of the Lienzo de Quauhquechollan at the UFM

The route traveled by the quauhquecholtecas, lead by Jorge de Alvarado, during the conquest of Guatemala, can be revived through the story narrated in the Lienzo de Quauhquechollan that is reproduced under the Liberty Plaza at Universidad Francisco Marroquín.

Last December 1st of 2006 administrative personnel from the UFM and Museo Popol Vuh visited the exhibition guided by Ana Lucia Ortíz and Pierina Piedrasanta.

The Lienzo de Quauhquechollan is a Náhuatl painting of the 16th century, in which the quauhquecholtec natives left their vision of the Spanish conquest.  In 1520 the inhabitants of the Náhuatl community of Quauhquechollan allied to Hernán Cortez and participated afterwards as Co-conquerors in the military campaigns of the Spaniards, in exchange for being released from the Mexican oppression. 

Until recently it was thought that the painting described the central region of Mexico.  A research done by the Dutch archaeologist Florine G. Asselbergs revealed that great part of the territories that appear in the lienzo belong to Guatemala.   

The lienzo is not only one of the few existing sources on the expeditions of Jorge de Alvarado but the first geographic map that known of our country.

It narrates the history of a migration that transformed the identity of a whole community: a history of winners and not of victims; of conquerors who, before being conquerors, had also been conquered.

The exhibition at the UFM is possible thanks to the sponsorship of Corporación G&T Continental and the Museo Casa del Alfeñique, in Puebla, where the original painting is. Also thanks to the collaboration of Museo Popol Vuh, the UFM, and Museo Ixchel.

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