Indigenous Intellectuals: Knowledge, Power, and Colonial Culture in Mexico and the Andes

Indigenous Intellectuals: Knowledge, Power, and Colonial Culture in Mexico and the Andes

By: Gabriela Ramos (editor), Yanna P. Yannakakis (editor)Paperback

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Via military conquest, Catholic evangelization, and intercultural engagement and struggle, a vast array of knowledge circulated through the Spanish viceroyalties in Mexico and the Andes. This collection highlights the critical role that indigenous intellectuals played in this cultural ferment. Scholars of history, anthropology, literature, and art history reveal new facets of the colonial experience by emphasizing the wide range of indigenous individuals who used knowledge to subvert, undermine, critique, and sometimes enhance colonial power. Seeking to understand the political, social, and cultural impact of indigenous intellectuals, the contributors examine both ideological and practical forms of knowledge. Their understanding of "intellectual" encompasses the creators of written texts and visual representations, functionaries and bureaucrats who interacted with colonial agents and institutions, and organic intellectuals. Contributors. Elizabeth Hill Boone, Kathryn Burns, John Charles, Alan Durston, Maria Elena Martinez, Tristan Platt, Gabriela Ramos, Susan Schroeder, John F. Schwaller, Camilla Townsend, Eleanor Wake, Yanna Yannakakis

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Gabriela Ramos is University Lecturer in Latin American History at the University of Cambridge and Fellow and College Lecturer at Newnham College, Cambridge. She is the author of Death and Conversion in the Andes: Lima and Cuzco, 1532-1670. Yanna Yannakakis is Associate Professor of History at Emory University. She is the author of The Art of Being In-Between: Native Intermediaries, Indian Identity, and Local Rule in Colonial Oaxaca, also published by Duke University Press.


Foreword / Elizabeth Hill Boone ix Acknowledgments xvii Introduction / Gabriela Ramos and Yanna Yannakakis 1 Part I. Indigenous Functionaries: Ethnicity, Networks, and Institutions 1. Indigenous Intellectuals in Andean Colonial Cities / Gabriela Ramos 21 2. The Brothers Fernando de Alva Ixtilxochitl and Bartolome de Alva: Two "Native" Intellectuals of Seventeenth-Century Mexico / John Frederick Schwaller 39 3. Trained by Jesuits: Indigenous Letrados in Seventeenth-Century Peru / John Charles 60 4. Making Law Intelligible: Networks of Translation in Mid-Colonial Oaxaca / Yanna Yannakakis 79 Part II. Native Historians: Sources, Frameworks, and Authorship 5. Chimalpahin and Why Women Matter in History / Susan Schroeder 107 6. The Concept of the Nahua Historian: Don Juan Zapata's Scholarly Tradition / Camilla Townsend 132 7. Cristobal Choquescasa and the Making of the Huarochiri Manuscript / Alan Durston 151 Part III. Forms of Knowledge: Genealogies, Maps, and Archives 8. Indigenous Genealogies: Lineage, History, and the Colonial Pact in Central Mexico and Peru / Maria Elena Martinez 9. The Dawning Places: Celestially Defined Land Maps, Titulos Primordiales, and Indigenous Statements of Territorial Possession in Early Colonial Mexico / Eleanor Wake 202 10. The Quilcaycamayoq: Making Indigenous Archives in Colonial Cuzco / Kathryn Burns 237 Conclusion / Tristan Platt 261 Bibliography 279 Contributors 307 Index 311

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  • publication date: 18/04/2014
  • ISBN13: 9780822356608
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 344
  • ID: 9780822356608
  • weight: 463
  • ISBN10: 0822356600

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