UPCOMING TOUR (July 2017): THE OLMEC HEAD TOUR

2 June 2016

Greetings Family,

The Olmec civilization is the first civilizations of the Americas. It began four-thousand years ago. What is most important to us is that the Olmec civilization was ruled over by a dynasty, perhaps a series of dynasties, of African kings. What stands out most about the Olmec civilization are seventeen colossal stone heads. Each head is unique and each one has the face of an African man.

Over the past two years I have photographed sixteen of these heads.

This is the front view of the one remaining Olmec head that I have not seen or photographed. It is in an isolated area in the southeastern portion of Vera Cruz state in Mexico. There are seventeen of these fully completed heads and this is the one that has eluded me so far. It is at a place called San Lorenzo Tenochitlan. Not many people get there but in less than two weeks I intend to go and visit and photograph it.

San Lorenzo was the first great Olmec city and was at one time it was the largest city in Mesoamerica. These heads, more than anything else, show the unequaled early prominence of African voyagers to ancient America.

And this is where I am going.

If you would like to make a contribution to the trip it would be most helpful. Just use your Paypal account via Runoko@hotmail.com as the payee. For those that donate, no matter the size of the contribution, my gift to you will be a series of original digital photographs of this wonderful artifact.

In July 2017 I intend to lead a group tour of the Olmec legacy in Mexico. A tour of the Olmec World. On the tour the intention will be to see and photograph all of the heads and view every important Olmec artifact in Mexico. All of the Olmec heads on one tour. It has never been done before but we are going to do it next year. But first, this one. It is going to be an historic tour. But first, this one.

Mexico, here I come!

In love of Africa,

Runoko Rashidi

TERESA

15 Comments

  1. Hotep my good brother. I wanted to get your input on those Mexicans who say we’re stealing their ancestors legacy by stating the Olmecs shared a culture with black Africans. Also, which of the two civilizations is older the Olmec or the Nile
    Valley civilizations?
    Thanks in advance

    Safe travels.

    • Greetings Ishmael Etienne! This is Teresa, one of the site administrators. Dr. Rashidi is unavailable to respond directly at this time, as he is in constant travel. However, one way to pose any question directly to him is through his online courses, which are interactive and have question/answer sessions at various points during the 2 hour lecture. His next one, Fundamentals in African History, is scheduled to start this Friday, June 17th. It will cover a session on the Olmec civilization. For more information, click the Home Page link, then click the Fundamentals in African History post.

  2. Hi Runoko, I would like to inquire will the tour also cover the Pyramids of Mexico. As a group of friends and I would also like to tour the Pyramids and tombs of this great civilization of African people

    K. Sarkodie

    • Greetings K. Sarkodie. This is Teresa, one of the site admins. I checked with Dr. Rashidi; he says the tour is still being developed and it may be another month or so before the itinerary is finalized. Please know that once it is, it will be posted to this site. So continue to check back. Thanks!

      • Much appreciated Teresa, my friends and I would really.. appreciate it if in the itinerary a Tour of the Olmec Pyramids in Mexico & Tombs could be included.Thanks.

  3. “”appreciate it if in the itinerary a Tour of the Olmec Pyramids in Mexico & Tombs could be included.Thanks.”” ….. I was investigating into the same thing. id like to see the olmec pyramids and temples also. So far there is no mention of it but that sure would be great to do too.

    • Greetings DJ. Well noted. As stated in the 7/16/16 response, the tour is still being developed and has not yet been finalized. Please know that once it is, it will be posted to this site. So continue to check back. Thanks!

  4. Hello, I’m from France and I’d like to visit all the olmec heads, museums etc…all the rich findings of african history in mexico. Please give me the prices and the duration of the trips for july 2017.

    Thanks alot Dr Rachidi and the administrators.

    Tina

    • Greetings Adenekan and thanks for your inquiry. All 2017 tours are still being developed and has not yet been finalized. Please know that once they are, the tour list along with pricing and details for each tour will be posted to this site. So continue to check back.

    • Greetings Aasiyah Bey and thanks for your inquiry. This tour is still being developed and has not yet been finalized. Please know that once it is, the tour list along with pricing and details will be posted to this site. So continue to check back. Thanks!

  5. Greetings ,
    Any info on your Olmec tour is most appreciated ASAP please .
    Please could you let us know if you know of any hotels in San Lorenzo ( Mexico ) .
    Many sincere thanks
    N.Taylor

    • Greetings Larry. For any questions regarding tour flights, travel and arrangements, please contact the agency directly. Again, the agency is:

      AFRICA DREAMER TOURS
      9 Frank Street, Valley Stream, New York 11580
      Tel: 516-285-4607*
      E-MAIL: adreamt@optimum.net

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