AIA Lecture: The Lienzo of Tlapiltepec: Restitution, Repatriation, and the Complexities of Return (w/ Dr. Justin Jennings, ROM)

When and Where

Tuesday, October 17, 2023 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm
AP 130 (or online via Zoom)
Archaeology Centre
19 Ursula Franklin St., Toronto, ON


Dr. Justin Jennings (ROM Senior Curator, Archaeology of the Americas)


In 1917, the Royal Ontario Museum purchased a lienzo, a larger banner that served as a map, genealogy, history, and propaganda piece for an early sixteenth century ruler of the Mexican Kingdom of Coixtlahuaca. The lienzo passed through many hands before coming to Toronto with the complexities of its journey relevant to debates about if, how, and to whom the lienzo should be returned. As calls for repatriation increase worldwide, case studies like the Lienzo of Tlapiltepec illustrate that the best ways forward can be difficult to chart.

For more information in this event, including the Zoom link, please visit the AIA Toronto website:

Jennings Poster