Lecture: "Reterritorializing Indigenous Knowledges: Reading and Writing Post-Conquest Tlaxcalan Annals"
Thu, February 2, 2012 • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM • BEN 2.104
During the first two centuries of the Colonial Period in Mexico, native speakers of the Nahuatl language transferred their pre-Hispanic tradition of recording historical memory in the xiuhpohualli (year-count codexes) to the practice of writing alphabetic historical annals in Nahuatl and Spanish. Kelly McDonough, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, will focus on the writings of one of the later protagonists in the Nahua annals tradition, Tlaxcalan statesman Don Juan Buenaventura Zapata y Mendoza. Through these rich sources of indigenous experience during the Colonial Period, Dr. McDonough will analyze discourses of pre- and post-conquest Tlaxcalan legitmacy, authority, rights, and recognition as these were being affirmed, contested, and modified. Finally, she will discuss the potential of those texts in present-day Nahua language and culture revitalization projects.
For more information, contact the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at 512.471.4936.