IMS Associates

Cultural Anthropology Students

Aphitzetl E. Lemus


E-mail: [email protected]

BA in Anthropology and Philosophy, California State University, San Bernardino, 2013

Current research

Aphitzel is a first year doctoral student (phase I) at the University at Albany. Broadly speaking, he is interested in Mesoamerica; however, he is particularly interested in the Mexica and the Late Postclassic inhabitants of the Basin of Mexico. As part of his graduate study, he intends to research Mexica dyes and their feather dyeing practices using spectrometry and experimental methods. He has conducted a preliminary literature review and initial experimental tests on dyes, which he hopes to further refine as he continues his scholarly development. In integrating the methodological aspects of his research interest with its more theoretically oriented approach, he plans to use the results obtained as a starting point for an analysis of the significance of color in the Mexica worldview, which will extend to such domains as their cosmovisión, philosophy, religion, and daily life.