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Published: 01 January 2012
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9475-4
... Male hereditary chief, a member of the indigenous nobility. capilla posa One of four chapels located at the corners of the church courtyard in some Latin American locations; see posa. capitanía Section of a Muisca community; see...
Published: 01 January 2012
DOI: 10.1215/9780822394754-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9475-4
.... This chapter will inquire into the interplay of Spanish genres of alphabetic expression with native northern Andean genres of oral and spatial expression, focusing on how the Muisca, Nasa, and Pasto colonial nobility adapted Castilian legal writing to their own ends in the con- struction of a...
Published: 01 January 2012
DOI: 10.1215/9780822394754-007
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9475-4
... make visits with the alcaldes and with the cacique, or with the captain of each capitanía [Muisca political division] to whom the given houses be- long, to see if they have complied with the above . . . and he must order that the kitchens and pantries be [constructed] apart from where they...
Published: 01 January 2012
DOI: 10.1215/9780822394754-001
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9475-4
... the caciques of the Muisca area, as well as in other regions of Colombia to which he traveled.3 Indigenous Peoples and the Lettered City This sophisticated and prolific man, who moved with ease between indige- nous and Spanish society, was not altogether unusual in the colonial Spanish...
Published: 01 January 2012
DOI: 10.1215/9780822394754-008
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9475-4
..., an oval flamelike aura, which is precisely what the Muisca woman described in her vision. The vision is not a precise match with the painting: the visionary only recounts the central figure of the Virgin, who is always flanked in paint- ings by Saints Andrew and Anthony of Padua; she has her...
Published: 05 November 2014
DOI: 10.1215/9780822376262-009
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7626-2
... Index acoustemology, 33, 34, 50, 60–62 Amerindians: history of, 26; silencing of, acoustic: biopolitics, 150, 163; ecology, 102. See also Burskinka; Chibcha; 65, 75, 208, 212, 219n23; epistemologies Goajiro; indigenous people; Muisca of, 3; feedback, 82...
Published: 01 January 2012
DOI: 10.1215/9780822394754-003
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9475-4
..., Diego de Torres, cacique of Turmequé, Diego Muñoz Camargo, and others. Their claims to self- identification are often contested by vested interests of differing communities—Spaniards in the New Kingdom of Granada could claim that Diego de Torres was not the rightful heir to Muisca authority, or...
Published: 01 January 2012
DOI: 10.1215/9780822394754-002
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9475-4
... cultural space as that of the viewer, which stands in contrast to the pictorial space of the subject. The Double Identity of Don Diego de Torres Like Sánchez Gallque, at once a painter and an indio, Don Diego de Torres claimed two identities. He was both a Muisca cacique and a mestizo, the first...
Published: 01 January 2012
DOI: 10.1215/9780822394754-011
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9475-4
... Roman Emperor, 30, 54, civility: grid as expression of, 222; teleo- 74, 103, 183, 214, 264 n. 2 logical movement toward, 233 Chibcha, as common language of Muisca, civitas, 224, 226, 235 266 n. 16 Clanchy, Michael T., 253, 289 n. 8 Chibcha (ethnic group). See...
Published: 07 December 2007
DOI: 10.1215/9780822388784-005
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8878-4
... the Aztecs, their “precursor” cultures, and the Incas were accorded the status of civilizations in nineteenth- century historia patria. From Colombia, the conservative writer José Antonio de Plaza praised that region’s preconquest population, singling out the Muiscas as “the most civilized in the...
Book Chapter

By Rebecca A. Earle
Published: 07 December 2007
DOI: 10.1215/9780822388784-012
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8878-4
... Chávez, Carlos, Europe, required Chávez, Ezequiel,  for citizenship, Chayanta, Civilization and Barbarism, Chibchas. See Muiscas Chichén Itzá, Classical antiquity: independence era...
Published: 01 January 2012
DOI: 10.1215/9780822394754-009
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9475-4
... remembered with this name in popular memory in Colombia, we will also call him thus in the following pages. In the early colonial period Muisca cacicazgos passed through the female line, that is, from a maternal uncle to his nephew. 2. For example, Torres cites Charles V’s New Laws, proclaimed...
Published: 29 October 2008
DOI: 10.1215/9780822389064-012
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8906-4
... and Francisco de Figueroa mentioned in a 1598 letter that the bones of St. James’s llama were thought by some to be located in Muisca country; see Francis, “Descripción del Nuevo Reino de Granada.” 14 The reference is apparently to piratical attacks such as those carried out by...
Published: 05 November 2014
DOI: 10.1215/9780822376262-007
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7626-2
... that. But regardless of which texts Vergara y Vergara references specifically, what is crucial, in any case, is that he was very much aware of the foundational and epic tones of the nineteenth- century redeployment of such Spanish literary origins. 9 The Muiscas are the indigenous group...
Published: 07 December 2007
DOI: 10.1215/9780822388784-006
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8878-4
... region’s preconquest peoples. In particular, the correlation be- tween a society’s artifacts and its level of culture was used to argue that the Aztecs, Incas, Maya, and to a lesser degree, Muiscas, were civilized. The monumental structures built by these peoples were cited as good evi- dence for...
Published: 07 December 2007
DOI: 10.1215/9780822388784-002
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8878-4
... was affirmed. In- surgents in Colombia thus hailed the capital’s revolt against colonial rule as a resumption of the independence lost with the conquest, when the indigenous Muiscas had been overthrown by the Spanish and their ruler, the Zipa, replaced by foreign tyrants.19 As in Mexico, the...
Published: 29 October 2008
DOI: 10.1215/9780822389064-013
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8906-4
... Timothy F. Johnson, eds. The Defense of Western Conquests of Bernardo de Vargas Machuca. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2007. Langebaek, Carl. Mercados, poblamiento e integración étnica entre los Muiscas. Bo- gotá: Banco de la República, 1987. Lanning, John Tate. The Royal...
Published: 05 November 2014
DOI: 10.1215/9780822376262-003
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7626-2
... that the Indians had their poets, just as all peoples do. Among the Muiscas, the mohán was probably the most inspired, following the footsteps of all men from the infancy of nations, even the most uncultured ones. The men that find some imagination begin by singing to their gods...
Published: 07 December 2007
DOI: 10.1215/9780822388784-003
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8878-4
... former Vice- royalty of New Granada, the new names recalled the indigenous Muiscas, with the exception of the new title for the country itself, which commem- orated Columbus, in a further illustration of the partial and ambiguous nature of elite identifications with the preconquest past. The...
Published: 07 December 2007
DOI: 10.1215/9780822388784-004
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8878-4
... some of their ethnic condition and more than a drop of their blood. But nonetheless—how distant from us are those Muiscas, Panches and Pijaos; how removed from every aspect of our spiritual life! Their great leaders pass before our imagination like vague shadows, some tragic, the...