Cuauhtemoc Ceremony 2019
Saturday at 12 PM – 6 PM
Willow Glen Community Center
2175 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, California 95125
Cuauhtemoc was the Aztec ruler (tlatoani) of Tenochtitlan from 1520 to 1521, making him the last Aztec Emperor. See below for history!
Grupo Tezkatlipoka de San Jose welcomes you to join us in honoring Cuauhtemoc.
Ceremony: 12:00 – 3:30 pm
Food: 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Clean up: 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Please come fully dressed in regalia.
Por favor de venir vestido en regalia.
All popoxcihuatl are welcome to bring their popoxcomitl. There is a no smoke rule at the community center but we would be honored to have you and your popoxcomitl there to bring in good energy for our ceremony.
For more information or if you would like to set up a stand/puesto, contact: David Vargas, Texomazatl (408) 886-1069
History: Learn about Cuauhtemoc!
Cuauhtémoc, also called Guatimozin (born c. 1495—died February 26, 1522), 11th and last Aztec emperor, nephew and son-in-law of Montezuma II.
Cuauhtémoc became emperor in 1520 on the death of Montezuma’s successor, Cuitláhuac. Hernán Cortés, with powerful Indian allies, was then marching on Tenochtitlán, the Aztec capital.
Cuauhtémoc took power in 1520 as successor of Cuitláhuac and was a cousin of the late emperor Moctezuma II. His young wife, who was later known as Isabel Moctezuma, was one of Moctezuma’s daughters. He ascended to the throne when he was around 25 years old, while Tenochtitlan was being besieged by the Spanish and devastated by an epidemic of smallpox brought to the New World by the invaders. After the killings in the Great Temple, there were probably few Aztec captains available to take the position.
Cuauhtémoc’s frontier forces were forced to retreat in 1521, and he defended his capital in a four-month siege that left most of the city destroyed and few Indians surviving. Captured by the Spanish, he was at first treated with deference.
Later, Cuauhtémoc was tortured to reveal the location of hidden Aztec wealth. His stoicism and refusal to speak became legendary. Fearing trouble if he left Cuauhtémoc behind, Cortés took the emperor with him to Honduras. En route, hearing of a plot against the Spaniards, he ordered Cuauhtémoc hanged.
In 1949 bones purported to be Cuauhtémoc’s were discovered at Ixcateopan, Mex.