Situating the Andean Colonial Experience
Situating the Andean Colonial Experience
Ayllu Tales of History and Hagiography in the Time of the Spanish
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Note about the spelling of toponyms and proper names Acknowledgments Introduction Part I: The oral history of Qaqachaka Chapter 2. The first ancestors of the place Chapter 3. The mit’a, the mines and slavery Chapter 4. A gentleman’s agreement between literate caciques Chapter 5. Settling the new place of Qaqachaka and its ayllus Chapter 6. Some clarifications about Juana Doña Ana and her kinsfolk Part II: The colonial caciques in oral and written history Chapter 7. The caciques of Qharaqhara and Quillacas-Asanaque Part III: Qaqachaka marka Chapter 8. From the history to the hagiography of Qaqachaka Part IV: The saints appear Chapter 9. Tata Quri: ŸFather GoldŒ Chapter 10. The construction of Qaqachaka’s church Chapter 11. Tata Quri wants a family Part V: The religious practices of Qaqachaka marka Chapter 12. The origins of the ritual practices around the church Chapter 13. Let’s sing to the gods Chapter 14. Converting the saints into persons Some conclusions Glossary Bibliography Index of themes Index of toponyms

Denise Y. Arnold

Situating the Andean Colonial Experience

Ayllu Tales of History and Hagiography in the Time of the Spanish

Re-situating Andean colonial history from the perspective of the local historians of ayllu Qaqachaka, in highland Bolivia, this book draws on regional oral history combined with local and public written archives. Rejecting the binary models in vogue in colonial and postcolonial studies (indigenous/non-indigenous, Andean/Western, conquered/conquering), it explores the complex intercalation of legal pluralism and local history in the negotiations around Spanish demands, resulting in the so-called "Andean pact." The Qaqachaka’s point of reference was the preceding Inka occupation, so in fulfilling Spanish demands they sought cultural continuity with this recent past. Spanish colonial administration, with its roots in Roman-Germanic and Islamic law, infiltrated many practices into the newly-conquered territories. Two major cycles of ayllu tales trace local responses to these colonial demands, in the practices for establishing settlements, and the feeding and dressing of the Catholic saints inside the new church, with their forebears in the Inka mummies.
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Denise Y. Arnold

Denise Y. Arnold is an Anglo-Bolivian anthropologist and expert in Andean ethnography, who divides her time writing and teaching between London and La Paz.