About me: Felicia Rhapsody Lopez
I was recently selected as a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in UC Davis’s Native American Studies Department. During the next two years, I will compose a manuscript and smaller guides aimed to help scholars and students read ancient Mexican codices–books written in glyphic form.
During the last year and a half, I had the honor of serving as UC Santa Barbara’s first Postdoctoral Scholar in American Indian and Indigenous Studies, where I was able to build and teach courses that centered Native and Indigenous methods and voices. It has been my honor to work under the tutelage of esteemed Apache/Chicana elder, Dr. Inés Talamantez.
I received my PhD in 2016 in the Department of Chicana/o Studies at the Unversity of California, Santa Barbara, where I began researching codical manuscripts from within Mesoamerica.
Chicomoztoc is the Place of the Seven Caves, the mythistorical place of origin for many of the Mesoamerican Indigenous groups. The name is Nahuatl, and can be broken down into three parts; chicome, oztotl, and the suffix -c, which mean seven, cave, and place, respectively.
Chicomoztoc.com seeks to analyze current popular media representations of Mesoamericans and their descendants through critical comparisons to ancient and classical Indigenous self-representations.
In addition to my academic work, I am available for paid consultant work. Those who are interested in creating culturally aware and accurate representations of diverse ancient Indigenous peoples of Mexico, Central America, and the Southwest may reach me through the contact form.