Moctezuma Meets Cortés

Image From Fray Bernardino de Sahagún, The Florentine Codex (Mexica)

The odd things in the air are symbols of speaking. Here Malinche is translating Spanish into Nahuatl and vice-versa. Note the completely different hair style and dress for Malinche in Sahagún's images from those found in the Lienza de Tlaxcala. In this image, she appears more like a cacica, an upper class women; in the Lienza de Tlaxcala, she is dressed and wears her hair more like a peasant woman.


Make some observations about what is included in the image:

Who can you identify?

Where are they located in the image?

How are they dressed?

What kind of military action do you see?

What is the center of this image?


Ask yourself some questions about what you see in the image:

What is the story being told in this image?

What are the similarities between this story and what you just read on the previous page?

What are the differences between this story and what you just read?

How do you account for the differences in the various stories?


Write your own interpretation of Marina/Malinche based on the evidence.