Chicomoztoc, “the place of the seven caves”

An Illustration from the Historia Tolteca Chichimeca, A post-Cortesian codex from 1550 written by the people of Cuauhtinchan to sustain their right to their lands under the Spanish Colonial authorities. They wrote their history from A.D. 116 through 1544 using a mixture of European and prehispanic styles.  

from Wikipedia

Nahuatl legends relate that six tribes lived in Chicomoztoc, or “the place of the seven caves”. Each cave represented a different Nahua group: the Xochimilca, Tlahuica, Acolhua, Tlaxcalan, Tepaneca, Chalca, and Mexica. Because of a common linguistic origin, those groups also are called “Nahuatlaca” (Nahua people). These tribes subsequently left the caves and settled “near” Aztlán, or Aztatlan.

it’s a representation of Nahuatl, the 4 directions, the 4 stages of life, as well as Nahuatl itself translated into spanish gives you Nahui (4) atl (water), the 7 feather like things hanging to the circles represent the 7 caves of chicomoztoc((which is where many nahua nations from Mexico have their origin stories), the 2 circles represent duality as well as the circles themselves representing infinity and Ometeotl. If you count every drawing in this image you get 20, minus the 2 circles in the middle 18, in the Nahua calendar, there are 18, 20 day periods (veintenas in spanish). Because my dad’s family are Nahuas from Guerrero, I found this to be a way to honor that nahua blood flowing through my veins.