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Andean Cosmopolitans: Indigenous Journeys to the Habsburg Royal Court
Jose de la Puente, Texas State University - San Marcos

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That Which Belongs to All: Khipus, Community, and Indigenous Legal Activism in the Early Colonial Andes (Article) [show prizes]
Title: That Which Belongs to All: Khipus, Community, and Indigenous Legal Activism in the Early Colonial Andes
Author: De la Puente Luna, José Carlos
Abstract: Drawing from recent studies on “paper” and ethnographic khipu as well as on current discussions on indigenous engagements with the colonial system of justice, this essay reclaims the pueblo, in its political expression as a governing council, as the main locus for indigenous collective legal activism in the rural Andes during the Habsburg era. Based on the evidence included in Viceroy Toledo’s 1570 investigation about the judicial endeavors of the Huanca group, I have shown that traditional mechanisms for allocating labor tasks and, after the Spanish conquest, apportioning tribute quotas among different ayllu underscored community-wide litigation and the search for favor at local and metropolitan courts, thus subjecting this type of legal initiative to the social rules, practices, and expectations governing sapci (communal) endowments and funds. The possibility of evaluating the performance of pueblo and multi-pueblo authorities in charge of collective resources and holding these leaders accountable for any mismanagement or misappropriation of sapci legal funds was embedded in the planning and assessment of collective action that khipu devices facilitated. These twin processes conferred a moderate, yet previously overlooked degree of control in legal strategies and decisions to mid-ranking ayllu and cabildo authorities and, ultimately, to the Andean commoners who were directly involved in the reproduction of sapci regimes.
Year: 2015
Primary URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/tam.2014.4
Access Model: Subscription
Format: Journal
Periodical Title: The Americas
Publisher: Cambridge University Press


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