The names of many pictorial manuscripts from ancient Mesoamerica
honor collectors, politicians, scholars, or institutions of the
“Western” world or the national elite, alien to the people
who created them and the region to which they refer. Different usages
in designating these codices and lienzos have introduced some
confusion in the nomenclature. Here, a new set of names is proposed
that is more in conformity with the contents of the documents and
closer to the Mesoamerican culture.