Aztec Swimmers From 2000 Years Ago

Aztec Swimmers From 2000 Years Ago

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The International Swimming Hall of Fame artist in residence, Jean Ermann Desimot, created figurines from ancient Aztec swimmers sighting while swimming freestyle in the open water.

The figurines help bring to life the rich history of swimming in the Americas before the European invasion,” says CEO Bruce Wigo. “The figurines and other Native American swimming art and sculpture will be on display in the International Swimming Hall of Fame museum in June.”

The inginspiration comes from the Tepantitla Mountain Mural of Teotihuacán, a city located 48 km from modern-day Mexico City, known as the site of many significant Mesoamerican pyramids built in the pre-Columbian Americas. Perhaps in the first half of the 1st millennium AD, Teotihuacan was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas, with a population of 125,000 or more, making it the largest and most populated center in the New World.

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