The new political offices introduced after the Spanish conquest of Mesoamerica created new challenges and opportunities for indigenous elites and their supporters. This article traces the careers of three Kaqchikel-Maya families in sixteenth-century Guatemala and reveals a range of concerns about and strategies for maintaining and enhancing aspects of their preconquest social status.
Robert M. Hill; Three Families: Genealogies and Processes among the Sixteenth-Century Kaqchikel Maya. Ethnohistory 1 July 2012; 59 (3): 569–596. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00141801-1587469
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