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Alfredo Acosta Figueroa, of La Cuna De Aztlan, stands next to "throne," triangular structure made of large black rocks on top of a Black Rock hill next to I-10 Freeway in Blythe, California, February 9, 2010. The Native American group La Cuna de Aztlan Sacred Sites Protection Circle, which Figueroa founded, has joined with environmentalists in a federal lawsuit to block six mammoth solar projects approved by the Department of the Interior. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

A California author is convinced the place of origin for millions of Hispanic people -- in La Paz County.

Alfredo A. Figueroa, 84, believes the ancient island city of Aztlan, said to have been built at a large lake, abundant with fish and happiness, is located on the Colorado River Indian Tribes Reservation. According to legend, Aztlan was a place where the ancient Xochimilca, Acolhua, Tlaxcalteca, Tepaneca, Chalca and Aztec tribes co-existed. It was a paradise lost when the Mexica god, Huitzilopochtli, commanded the tribes to leave.

Now 84, Figueroa has published books about his research into geoglyphs and other geographical and indigenous artifacts. He’s scheduled to explain his findings today at the Lake Havasu Museum of History.

Through his study of ancient Mexica codices and an examination of Chemehuevi, Mojave and Mexica oral histories, he has determined the site of Aztlan at the base of Moon Mountain Twin Peaks on the CRIT reservation.

“There is a large slough at the base of the Moon Mountain between the mountain and the island of Aztlan,” Figueroa said. “The location of the island is now called Moon Mountain Ranch, due east from the Blythe Giant Intaglios. During the equinox, the sun rises between the two peaks and shines on Big Maria Mountain…images in line with the island of Aztlan.”

According to Figueroa, the ancient Mexica people, including the Aztecs, left the Cradle of the Aztlan on the Colorado River in four directions, so that they could take their knowledge with them wherever they went. “That is why you have pyramids all over the world that emulate the original mountain images in the Big Maria and Moon Mountain ranges,” Figueroa said. “The time has come to share that knowledge with everyone, not just the native people.”

Figueroa will present his findings Monday at the Lake Havasu Museum of History, where he will share examples of ancient Mexica imagery depicting the site alongside his book, “Aztlan: Origin and Ethnology.”

“It is important the people who want to know the truth see these presentations so they can compare the Mexica codices that we can decipher with the images we have in the surrounding area, plus the oral Chemehuevi, Mojave and Mexica history.”

Obtaining those codices, or pictographical histories of the Mexica tribes, has long been a daunting task for researchers because centuries ago, Spanish conquistadors destroyed many of them for their “pagan” religious content, according to the University of Arizona Library.

According to Figueroa, his presentation at the Lake Havasu Museum of History will offer Havasu residents a chance to understand the importance of protecting sacred indigenous sites that have been damaged or destroyed in recent decades.

“We look forward to meeting with the steward site participants and sharing our information,” Figueroa said. “We welcome questions regarding our presentation.”

Figueroa will appear at the Museum of History 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday. Admission will be free for museum members. For non-members, admission will cost $7.50. Seating is limited, and visitors are asked to contact the museum at (928) 854-4938 to reserve a place.

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