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A history of an ancient civilization etched in stone:

Neither "Aztec," because it did not come from AZTLAN, nor a "calendar," because it was not designed to tell the date, this great monolithic sculpture is probably the greatest "history book" of the Americas. It is the book of TONATIUH, the sun, and the Mexica who gave the name to the land still called MEXICO today. Some 12 feet in diameter and 24 tons in weight, this great sculpture is the center of attraction today in the Museo de Anthropología e Historia in Chapultepec Park outside of Mexico City.

Only recently deciphered, our great history book tells, in part, the history of the four great disasters which caused the migrations of the Native Americans who would ultimately build the great TENOCHTITLAN (Mexico City, Today). The group had been forced to migrate from their "Happy Hunting Grounds" in the North to the colorful lands of the NAHUATL (Four Waters) in what is now Utah in the U.S.A. then south to the CHICOMOSTOC (Seven Entrances), thence to AZTLAN (Land of Egrets) and finally to the valley where they found the eagle and the serpent and founded TENOCHTITLAN.

This stone is the American discovery of the 20th Century! Its interpretation plus corroborating evidence found by Dr. Orozco in Utah in 1990 and 1991 shed needed light on our Native American ancestry.

About Dr. Cecilio Orozco, the "SUN STONE" scholar:

Dr. Cecilio Orozco of California State University, Fresno, is a leading authority on the "AZTEC CALENDAR" or "SUN STONE" and his research on this topic has led him to the discovery of the origin of the Aztec-Mexica civilization in Utah. His work is based on the writings of Lic. Alfonso Rivas-Salmón of the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Jalisco, México.

He has studied the work of Licenciado Rivas Salmón of Mexico since 1969. Dr. Orozco has lectured on the ideas and theories of his colleague and friend in the United States and Mexico. Following his mentor's directions and work he was able to, in 1990, discover the origins of the AZTECA/MEXICA civilizations in Utah. The NAHUATL (four waters) in HUEHUETLAPALLAN (place of many colors) has its center in Utah where the Green River, the Colorado, and the San Juan meet to go through the Grand Canyon.

Born in the United States, Dr. Orozco grew up in Mexico. He studied in both countries and holds a B.S. and M.A. from Northern Arizona University and a Ph.D., from the University of New Mexico in Alburquerque. Since 1969 he has , under the leadership of his mentor in Mexico, searched for the origins of his Native American Ancestors. His work concentrates on the great migrations and origin of the AZTEC-MEXICA people.

Besides his travels throughout the American Southwest, he has visited Alaska and lived in the Navajo-Hopi reservations in Northern Arizona for extended periods of time, teaching, counseling, as well as principal of the Tuba City High School.

The importance of teaching all Americans about the greatness of the ancient Native Americans, his ancestors, is the central motive in his work.

About Dr. Cecilio Orozco's research:

In 1980, after 21 years of study, Dr. Orozco discovered the origins of the ancestors of the AZTEC-MEXICA groups in the colorful (colorado) lands of Utah. In 1990 he was able to verify mathematical formulas on pictographs in Utah which date from times long before Christ and which were used in the development of the calendars of the Aztec-Mexica civilizations as well as the Maya world (TONALAMATL, TZOLKIN).

In 1991, Dr. Orozco discovered most fasinating evidence of the existence of a direct relationship between KUKULKAN, god of the Mayas, QUETZALCOATL, deity of the AZTEC-MEXICA, and the PHOENIX BIRD of the EGYPTIANS.

Dr. Orozco has authored several articles, including in Mexico City newspapers, and has been the object of many articles about his discoveries. He has written a book, THE BOOK OF THE SUN: TONATIUH, 1992, where he describes his research, and explains the origins and cultural-historical significance of the ancient SUN STONE.

Dr. Orozco provides one and a half to three hours audio-visual lecture/seminars on request. His lectures are designed to help the participants learn to read the SUN STONE ("AZTEC CALENDAR") and to logically trace the four migrations of the MEXICA prior to their arrival in what is now TENOCHTITLAN (Mexico City). The presentation is intended as a most entertaining way to demonstrate beautiful images from the ancient American civilizations. It is recommended as a "College Hour" or student assembly and its great for all groups. The highly complex HUEHUETLPALLAN (NAHUATL) observatories and how they worked and how the data was recorded provide great pride in our Native American ancestors. Dr. Orozco conducts his seminars and presentations in English or Spanish.

The one hour course is an ideal way to obtain in-depth knowledge of the mathematical genius of Native Americans who worked in observatories dated 500BC and before. Students will also learn to use the MAYA and MEXICA 260-day calendars.

Dr. Gerry Rodriguez, a psychotherapist from California attended one of Dr. Orozco's archeological field trips. On a newspaper column she recently wrote, she eloquently recounts her experience and the valuable knowledge she gained while visiting the various magnificent AZTECA-MEXICA archeological sites in Green River, Utah with Dr. Orozco.

Roberto Rodriguez, a syndicated journalist, notes that the 1847 Disturnell Map incontrovertibly proves that rather than being foreigners, Mexicans (and Central Americans, who were also Nahuatl-speaking peoples) are indigenous to Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. It also corroborates the oral traditions of Hopi, Pueblo and Lakota Indian elders -- that Nahuatl-speaking peoples are their relatives.
Monty Montanye, a journalist from Fresno, California interviewed Dr. Orozco concerning his archeological expeditions and discoveries in central Utah.
Also see an interview with Dr. Orozco conducted by ,


Dr. Orozco praised as bilingual education icon

Sep 13, 2012 ⋅ by Tom Uribes ⋅ Fresno State News ⋅

Dr. Cecilio Orozco, a professor emeritus of literacy and early childhood education at Fresno State, is remembered as “an icon among Mexican American educators in California and the United States” and “a man of wisdom, integrity and compassion for others.”

Dr. Orozco, who also was an expert on calendars of the ancient Maya and Aztec cultures, died Thursday, Sept. 6, in Fresno. He was 83. Services are scheduled Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15. in Clovis.

Dr. Orozco joined the Fresno State faculty in 1975, after receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northern Arizona University. He earned his doctorate from the University of New Mexico.

At Fresno State, he taught in Chicano Studies and what now is the Kremen School of Education and Human Development, retiring in 2001.

Fresno State President John D. Welty said, “Dr. Orozco was a pillar of our Fresno State community whose accomplishments extended far beyond the campus. He was a pioneer in bilingual education, which has helped open educational and career opportunities to millions of young people.”

Dr. Berta González, associate vice president emerita of Continuing and Global Education and professor emerita of education, knew Dr. Orozco for more than 35 years and worked with him. She described him as “a tireless and committed educator [who] made an impact on many.”

She said his mentorship and guidance on bilingual education and diversity issues are his legacy for thousands of Latino students as well as faculty and media. He was sought after as a speaker statewide, nationally and internationally, she added.

Dr. Orozco and González organized special workshops for more than a decade to help parents and the community understand the importance of collaborating with schools to help children reach their potential, a movement that spread from the Southwest to the Pacific Northwest, she recalled.

    “Dr. Cecilio Orozco will be remembered as a man of wisdom, integrity and compassion for others,” González said. “He was steadfast and supported his view with passion and research.”

    “Our community has lost a great scholar, educator, mentor and advocate,” said Eddie G. Varela, president of El Concilio de Fresno Inc. “Dr. Orozco was among the leading Latino educational advocates of his generation whose calming and influential voice will be missed.”

Dr. Luz González, dean of the College of Social Sciences and former chair of the Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies, recalls that when she came to campus in 1981 as a student who did not know anyone, she met with Dr. Orozco, who called her mi hija (my daughter).

    “He used the most precious and sacred term of endearment in the Mexican culture, mi hija, and at that moment, I knew I had made the right choice to come to Fresno State,” Gonzalez said. “I also learned from him that very day that the highest degree that institutions of higher learning have to offer can be attained by Mexican-Americans like me.”

Dr. Orozco received many honors for his work, including the National Association for Bilingual Education’s 1997 Pioneer in Bilingual Education Medal. He was a long time member and past president of the Fresno chapter of the Association of Mexican American Educators and a member of El Concilio de Fresno.

His scholarly research was focused on Utah as the origin of the Nahuatl people whom he considered to be ancestors of the Anazai and the Aztecs, working under the mentorship of, Lic. Alfonso Rivas-Salmón of the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Jalisco, México.

A native of the United States, Dr. Orozco grew up in Mexico and studied in both countries.

Besides his travels throughout the American Southwest, he has visited Alaska and lived on the Navajo-Hopi reservations in Northern Arizona for extended periods of time, teaching, counseling, as well as serving as principal of the Tuba City High School.

He advocated for the greatness of the Native Americans and taught students how to use the Maya and Mexica 260-day calendars.

In 1980, after 21 years of study, Dr. Orozco discovered what he believed were the origins of the ancestors of the Aztec-Mexica groups in the colorful (colorado) lands of Utah. In 1990 he verified mathematical formulas on pre-Christian Era pictographs in Utah used to develop calendars of the Aztec-Mexica civilizations as well as the Maya world.

Dr. Orozco’s 1992 book, “The Book of the Sun: Tonatiuh,” describes his research.

Former professor Dr. Alfredo Cuellar recounts in a biography written for El Concilio’s website that Dr. Orozco was the first Mexican-American hired in the School of Education and Human Development when he joined the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

    “Dr. Cecilio Orozco’s charismatic leadership attracted hundreds of students willing to become teachers and work under his mentoring,” Cuellar said. “He attracted millions of dollars in grants for bilingual education and became an icon among Mexican-American educators in California and the United States.”

Dr. Orozco is survived by his wife of 36 years Laura (Arguello) and his four children.

A Rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 14, followed by a viewing until 8 o’clock at the Clovis Funeral Chapel (1302 Clovis Ave.). A Graveside Service will be held at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 15, at the Clovis Cemetery (305 N. Villa Ave.).

The Association of Mexican American Educators-Fresno chapter has established the Dr. Cecilio Orozco Scholarship Fund top accept memorial donations as requested by the family. Checks (fund name in the memo field) may be made out to AMAE and sent to P.O. Box 529 Fresno, CA 93709-0529. Applications will be available in January and awards will be announced May 11 at the association’s annual Día del Maestro Banquet.

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