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hands-on amate, paper of the Aztec and Maya

Presented by Austin Public Library at Cepeda Branch, Austin Public Library, Austin TX

Nov 19 2019
hands-on amate, paper of the Aztec and Maya

A presentation of ancient and modern amate, with plenty samples to look and touch and even buy, PLUS each participant makes a small piece or real amate to take home, free

Amate was being made in the Americas much earlier than Europeans knew paper. When the Spaniards arrived, they burned many thousands of amate books and forbid its manufacture, which was continued in secret until it became legal again. Even today amate is being made with the same methods and tools as it has been done for over 18 centuries!

We will share more about these events, what we know of amate books, of which less than 20 survived, how it is used today, the Hñahnu First Nation and the town

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free admission

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Amate samples available to view and purchase

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


  • screenprinting on amate


Cepeda Branch, Austin Public Library

651 N. Pleasant Valley Rd., Austin, TX 78702


    • Wheelchair Access

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