Thanks for taking time to share that with us. It seems all conquering cultures do the same thing...subject the 'losers' to subservient positions, take away the pride as well as the personal possessions. Look at what the US did to the native cultures here with our manifest destiny mindset.
Again, welcome to Passions, and when you can, please share some stories about modern day Mayan and Aztec descendents. I have met many wonderful people from Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, el Salvador...and all of them have possessed a distinctive charm and beauty of soul. I regularly listen to music of the Andes, the flutes and other instruments. I find many positive notes about a given culture within its music.
Keep sharing the positive, even when the negative stuff seems overwhelming.
And for John? I find it far more important to look at how they ARE, and their dreams of the future, than to focus on how they were so long ago. No one can change the past.