Indigenous Response to Spanish Colonization in Word and Image: Guaman Poma de Ayala in Colonial Peru | Newberry

Indigenous Response to Spanish Colonization in Word and Image: Guaman Poma de Ayala in Colonial Peru

Friday, February 16, 2018

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Dr. Valentina Tikoff, DePaul University
Full. Waitlist only.
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

In the early seventeenth century, Andean native Guaman Poma de Ayala wrote a detailed and richly illustrated “letter” to the King of Spain. In it, he chronicled Andean history and sought redress of the abuses that he observed in colonial Peru. This fascinating book-length manuscript of several hundred pages, including scores of drawings, provides unique insights into the perspective of author who bridged two cultures: one indigenous and Andean, and the other colonial and European. The complex (and sometimes unexpected) ways that Guaman Poma de Ayala navigated and sought to shape the confluence of these two cultures, in both word and image, have fascinated scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including history, literature, art history, and anthropology. This rich and multi-layered document also illustrates the challenges of transcribing, translating, and analyzing materials produced in a colonial context. Participants in this seminar will analyze selections from this important manuscript and consider some of the ways that scholars’ explorations of it have shed light on artistic, cultural, and linguistic syncretism, an indigenous perspective, and colonialism in early colonial South America. The seminar discussion will cover the form as well as content of Guaman Poma de Ayala’s manuscript, including both images and text. Note: The entire work by Guaman Poma de Ayala is digitized and available online in an excellent site hosted by the Royal Library in Copenhagen, which possesses the manuscript: (This website provides a transcription, but not translations, of the Spanish-language manuscript. Seminar participants will be provided English-language translations of relevant passages.)

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 6, 2017. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

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