Mesoamerica

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The term Mesoamerica refers to the region in Central America where Pre-Columbian cultures flourished from the Olmec to the Aztec. The ruins and objects from these cultures where used by muralist Diego Rivera to help rally support for his Socialist agenda in Mexico. By drawing on images of West Mexico, especailly, Rivera and others mistakenly believed this society to have been both peacful and more democratric, than the other soceities of Mesoamerica. Rivera's idelized version of West Mexico helped to create a Mexican identiy which encouraged the inclusion of `low art` or indigenous art. Rivera helped to break away from the `high art` or European art, which the San Carlos Academy in Mexico City, taught him and others was the only way to do good art.