Situating the Andean Colonial Experience

A radical rethinking of Andean colonial history from the perspective of the historians of ayllu Qaqachaka (Bolivia), and their play between oral history and written archives.


£99.00 ISBN-13: 9781641894043
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.


Note about the spelling of toponyms and proper names
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: “Father Gold”
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
Index of themes

Index of toponyms