Are Aztecs Native American?

Briefly, yes! According to history, any peoples living in the Americas before 1492 were considered Native Americans.

Since the beginning of time, the Americas had witnessed several cultures and people that promptly marked their immortal existence in the land. According to mythology, the Aztecs are said to have migrated from a homeland named Aztlan to what is now Mexico. Their civilization flourished from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries in what is now Mexico.

Although they are famous in popular culture for their gods’ eagerness for revenge and human sacrifices; The Aztecs had a rich culture that included distinct styles of painting, sculpture, and ceramics.

What Race Are The Aztecs?

Historically, the term ‘Aztec’ refers to the Nahuatl-speaking peoples of central Mexico in the post-classic period of Mesoamerican chronology. It is said that the Aztec history was written by the conquering invaders, so several details are missing until you study the Aztecs archaeologically and anthropologically.

The Aztecs’ origins are, in fact, unknown, but aspects of their very own traditions imply that they were a hunter-gatherer tribe on the northern Mexican plateau before arriving in Mesoamerica in the 12th century CE; Aztlán, on the other hand, maybe mythical. 

It’s possible that their migration to the south was part of a larger movement of peoples that followed the collapse of central Mexico’s highly developed Toltec civilization and its capital, Tula, a spectacular urban center with pyramids, temples, public buildings, and statuary, or perhaps even helped to trigger it.

Aztlan has yet to be discovered archaeologically, and, likely, it was at least mostly mythological. The Mexica and other tribes were known as the Chichimeca, according to their chronicles.

A severe drought forced them to flee their homes in northern Mexico and the southwestern United States. This myth is recorded in numerous surviving codices (painted, folded books) in which the Mexica are seen bringing the idol of Huitzilopochtli, their patron deity.  Around 1250, the Mexica landed in the Valley of Mexico after a two-century journey.

Fun fact: By the mid-1350s, Nahuatl, the Aztec language, had become the dominant language in central Mexico. Several Nahuatl terms, such as chile or chili, avocado, chocolate, coyote, peyote, guacamole, ocelot, and mescal, were acquired by the Spanish and eventually incorporated into surviving codices (painted, folded books) in which the Mexica are seen bringing the idol of Huitzilopochtli, their patron deity.  Around 1250, the Mexica landed in the Valley of Mexico after a two-century journey.

What Is The Difference Between Aztecs and Native Americans?

Even though Aztecs are considered Native Americans, there still are few differences to point out between the Aztecs and the actual Native Americans who resided in the United States of America today.

Due to location and agricultural products, there seemed to be a cultural ‘disparity’ between the two civilizations. While Native Americans were for the most part hunters, they did not establish many monuments to mark their existence.

However, the Aztecs were mostly farmers and they went further into founding monuments that would not only protect their agricultural progress but also remain a fine point in history for upcoming generations.

When comparing the Aztec people with Native Americans of today’s United States of America, we are studying both Aridoamerica and Mesoamerica. Both lands were agriculturally and socially flourished but with tons of differences.

Independent special jurisdiction courts were among the social advancements in Mesoamerica that did not happen in Aridoamerica. Among such achievements, we mention children’s education and especially the fact that women proudly became a part of the empire whether in religious or political matters.

Are The Aztecs ‘Indians’?

No, Aztecs are not Indians. Aztecs are the indigenous people of northern Mexico. The media usually refers to Native Americans as ‘American Indians’ when it is just the result of historical fallacy.

According to history, Christopher Columbus assumed he got tragically lost in India so he called the Natives ‘Indians’. In fact, in today’s United States of America, the term indigenous American is most likely preferred by most Native people of the entire continent.

Are the Aztecs Mexicans?

No, Aztecs and Mexicans are not the same as the Aztecs were just a single tribe of what makes today’s Mexico. However, it is fair enough to say that the Aztec people are the ancestors of so many Mexican tribes or families existing nowadays.

It is pretty much like the case of Imazighen people in North Africa as they were divided into several tribes that were somewhat different than the other but today, a huge percentage of the population of North Africans are descendants of Imazighen people whether in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Western part of Egypt.

But, for the most important fact, and in today’s definition, Aztecs are not considered Mexicans because, normally, a Mexican person is someone who was born in the legal territory of Mexico or with a Mexican father or mother.

Keep in mind that Mexico itself has more than sixty tribes. Each tribe has its own set of costumes, traditions, and languages, however, some tribes may share the very same language of regional dialects. But if a Mexican person speaks Nahuatl (language of the Aztecs) then he/she can mostly claim to be Aztec but mostly go with being called Nahua, instead of Aztec of Mexica.

Most Mexicans are Mestizo which means mixed ancestry and, of course, that is due to the European colonization and the Africans who were enslaved by Spain and worked for it against the Aztec in their very own land. Eventually, the Aztec empire came to an end in the 1500s.

300 years later, the Mexican Republic was founded on September 16, 1810, and was considered a typical Mestizo of various indigenous groups such as the Mayans, the Incas, and at some point the Aztecs whom without them, Mexico would not be established as they paved the way culturally, agriculturally and socially.


For over 200 years of hard work, development, and persistence, the Aztec people formed an Empire so strong that it flourished in such a short period to remain one of Mexico’s most prominent and basics cultural treasures.

To fully obtain the history of the Aztecs, one must study the Native history of America and learn about the interaction between tribes and what made each tribe the way it was and is today.

Perhaps, the Aztecs were not the only people of today’s Mexico but they definitely had helped formed Mexican history, culture, traditions, and beliefs nowadays which is why some Mexicans are greatly proud of being descendants of Aztec heritage.