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Yachay: The Tragedia del fin de Atahuallpa as Evidence of the Colonisation of Knowledge in the Andes

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Rosaleen Howard


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The chapter analyses a published version of a Quechua drama depicting the Spanish conquest of the Incas, widely performed in Bolivia and Peru, as evidence of the colonisation of historical knowledge in the Andes. The text is shown to be a transculturated depiction of historical events, whereby the indigenous version is subsumed within a mestizo view. Issues around authorship and 'authenticity' of the play are brought to bear, as is an analysis of the Quechua vocabulary for talking about 'knowing' and 'learning' contained in the text.

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Author(s): Howard R

Editor(s): Stobart, H; Howard, R

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Knowledge and Learning in the Andes: Ethnographic Perspectives

Year: 2002

Pages: 17-39

Edition: illustrated

Series Title: Liverpool Latin American Studies

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

Place Published: Liverpool

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9780853235187