Rowdy the Aztec Eagle
  • Rowdy, the Aztec Eagle is César E. Chávez High School's Mascot.  Eagle Warriors were a special class of infantry soldiers in the Aztec Army, one of the two leading military special forces in Aztec Society, the other being the Jaguar Warriors. Eagle Warriors where a type of Aztec Warrior called a cuāuhocēlōtl. The word cuāuhocēlōtl derives from the Eagle Warrior cuāuhtli and the Jaguar Warrior ocēlōtlThese Eagle Warriors were made up of the bravest soldiers of noble birth and those who had shown to be the fiercest in battle. Of all of the Aztec Warriors, Eagle Warriors were the most feared. The Eagle was a sacred creature in Aztec, believed to have been present at the birth of the sun, hence, the blackened ‘singed’ wing tips, and was the symbol of the Eagle Warriors.  In current culture, the Eagle Warrior is a representation of the Aztec Culture, and therefore Mexican tradition. The Aztec Eagle is a symbol that denotes hope, strength, determination, perseverance, resilience, courage, fearless, tenacious, vitality, vision, and grit.  In 1962, César E. Chávez asked his cousin Manuel to design a flag for the United Farm Workers of America.  This flag became a symbol that would give courage and pride to the farm workers.  The black Aztec Eagle within the United Farm Workers of America flag shows the connection the union has to migrant workers of Mexican-America descent.