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The Smoking Mirror

Once a month all members receive mailed copies of the Smoking Mirror, the Society's newsletter. The Smoking Mirror provides an overview of the upcoming monthly illustrated lecture and a brief bio of the presenter. It includes transcriptions of past lectures and symposium talks. It also publishes notices of selected pre-Columbian exhibitions, activities, and events in the Washington, D.C., area and around the country.


The symbol we use as the logo for the Smoking Mirror is derived from the Classic Maya God K and the Aztec God Tezcatlipoca ("Smoking Mirror"), both of whom wear such an ornament on their heads. The Aztec god was the patron of rulers and sorcerers, who often used mirrors to look into other worlds and other times. Our version of a Smoking Mirror gives members a look into future activities of the Pre-Columbian Society.