The Politics of Memory

Native Historical Interpretation in the Colombian Andes

The Politics of Memory

Latin America Otherwise

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Book Pages: 280 Illustrations: 21 illustrations Published: May 1998

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How does a culture in which writing is not a prominent feature create historical tradition? In The Politics of Memory, Joanne Rappaport answers this question by tracing the past three centuries of the intellectual history of the Nasa—a community in the Colombian Andes. Focusing on the Nasa historians of the eighteenth through twentieth centuries, Rappaport highlights the differences between "native" history and Eurocentric history and demonstrates how these histories must be examined in relation to the particular circumstances in which they were produced.
Reconsidering the predominantly mythic status of non-Western historical narrative, Rappaport identifies the political realities that influenced the form and content of Andean history, revealing the distinct historical vision of these stories. Because of her examination of the influences of literacy in the creation of history, Rappaport’s analysis makes a special contribution to Latin American and Andean studies, solidly grounding subaltern texts in their sociopolitical contexts.



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Joanne Rappaport is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University.

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About the Series vii

Preface to the Duke Edition ix

List of Illustrations xvii

Preface xxiii

Introduction: Interpreting the Past 1

Part I. The Creation of a Chiefly Ideology: Nasa Historical Thought under Spanish Rule 31

Part II. From Colony to Republic: Cacique and Caudillo 87

Part III. Contemporary Historical Voices 141

Glossary 209

Notes 211

References 221

Index 241
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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-1972-6
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