As the Spanish Empire become more consolidated, language and writing became more and more important — both for the Spanish government and for native peoples. In part 2 of this interview we learn how indigenous people in Colonial Spanish America preserved their knowledge in the face of restrictive government policies.
Highlights of Part 2
- Why cities were so important for preserving indigenous knowledge and the role that notaries plaid in preservation.
- Why the countryside was where cultural practices were preserved and what the Inquisition had to do with that.
- Why it took over 200 years for Spanish to become the main language of Mexico.
- What were the quipus of Perú and how they were used for storing knowledge.
- The Inca rebellion of Perú in 1781.
To Learn More
- William O’Connell, After Moctezuma: Indigenous Politics and Self-Government in Mexico City, 1524–1730
- Ezekiel Stear’s faculty page at Auburn University
- Ezekiel’s website: Forgotten Lives of Latin America