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Evo Morales

Evo Morales is certainly not the traditional politician. He gets his hair cut at a simple barbershop and drives himself around in his own car. He refuses to pay people for votes, and even if principle did not forbid it, … Continue reading

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Progress?

Both The Lettered Mountain and Unending Struggle┬ádraw attention to the role of literacy in social control. Salomon and Nino-Murcia emphasize the fact that, although writing may have initially been a means by which the Spanish exerted colonial control, it slowly … Continue reading

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Questions for The Lettered Mountain

1) How did the incorporation of western concepts of literacy aid the indigenous peoples of Latin America? How did it hurt them? 2) Would the khipu system have provided any advantages to the people of Tupicocha over an alphabetic system? … Continue reading

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The Indigenous Voice

In watching the film The Mission and reading this week’s assignment in The Return of the Native, I was struck by the disregard for the voices of the indigenous peoples even by those who claimed to have their best interests … Continue reading

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Use of Indigenous Culture by Creoles

After creole revolutionaries gained independence from Spain, indigenous people were no more included in the government of their homeland than they had been under the Spanish. Yet in stirring up revolt, creole leaders used indigenous symbols to evoke the glory … Continue reading

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The Economy, Stupid

I’m beginning to believe that almost every rebellion ever has the economy as one of its root causes. The Andean peoples had long had reason to revolt. As Tupac Amaru himself says to the audiencia of Lima, Native Americans had … Continue reading

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La Otra Conquista

La Otra Conquista is a reflection on the survival of aspects of indigenous religious culture through its union with Spanish Catholic tradition. Weaved through the film is the implication that such a synthesis is possible because, at their core, the … Continue reading

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