Chocolate or xocolatl originated in present day Mexico and was introduced to the Spanish in the 16th century. Try this recipe for making a chocolate drink from cocao pods as you reflect on the origins of chocolate and its spread across the Americas, Europe, West Africa and elsewhere.
In celebration of National Native American Heritage Month, this bibliographic essay on Mesoamerican ethnology by Duncan Earle for the Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) explores contemporary Indigenous life and cultures of the Americas.
In recognition of National Native American Heritage Month, this bibliographic essay on Mesoamerican ethnohistory by Bradley Benton and Peter Villella for the Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) explores Indigenous life and cultures, particularly Aztec and Maya, before, during, and after the Spanish conquest.
This is a guest blog interview was submitted to the Hispanic Division by patrons Anna Deeny Morales and Nelcy Denice Ávila. It offers context on The Gabriela Mistral Youth Poetry Competition as a legacy to this Chilean poet, who was the first Latin American writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1945.
Effective September 2020, the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape (AHLOT) will become the PALABRA Archive. With the new brand, the Library of Congress marks this archive’s transition from an analog archive to a digital one. Fifty new audio recordings from the PALABRA Archive will be made available for online streaming.
Thanks to a partnership with the Upward Bound program at Harvey Mudd College and the Georgetown Internship project, the Hispanic Division at the Library of Congress enjoyed the pleasure of working virtually with four high school students from El Monte, California this summer.
A celebration of the life of Rudolfo Anaya (1937-2020), author of the 1972 book, “Bless Me, Ultima” and many other stories that honored New Mexico and Chicano Culture. The voice of this National Humanities Medal recipient resonates far beyond New Mexico and may also be found in the PALABRA Archive at the Library of Congress.
Hispanic Division Junior Fellows explore the PALABRA Archive of recorded writers to learn more about Bolivian and Maya writers and poets and the value of diverse cultures and languages within the Library of Congress.