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

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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, María Elena Martínez, 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.

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"It is refreshing to come across an edited volume whose every contribution displays an equal standard of excellence. In Indigenous Intellectuals we have such a volume. Here, we encounter a series of actors from Mexico and Peru–indigenous historians, interpreters, cartographers, notaries–whose presence on the colonial stage belies the notion that the 'lettered city' was composed exclusively of university-educated Spanish officials and clerics. The stories of these indigenous men of letters are the products of intensive archival research and are narrated in lucid prose; we come to know these colonial actors as thinkers and as individuals. The various contributions come together into a coherent book with a persuasive argument: it is clear that this volume was the product of a dialogue. Once you are introduced to Fernando de Alva Ixtlilxochitl, you want to meet Cristóbal Choquecasa and you will understand why they are included in the same book. The Mexico-Peru comparison is cogent, fresh, and insightful." (Joanne Rappaport, author of The Disappearing Mestizo: Configuring Difference in the Colonial New Kingdom of Granada)

"This superb volume brings together a veritable who's-who of the scholars who have pushed the study of indigenous intellectuals into a coherent subfield of ethnohistory. Their essays are populated by a wide array of educated, native men from colonial Mexico, Oaxaca, and Peru, from interpreters and translators to lettered noblemen. The colonial cultural patterns that emerge are as fascinating and illuminating as the indigenous individuals who are brought to life in the essays. A must-read for all scholars of colonial Latin America."\ (Matthew Restall, coauthor of Latin America in Colonial Times)

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