Mesoamerican títulos primordiales are an exceedingly local and dauntingly hetero geneous colonial historical genre written by and for an indigenous audience and filled with momentous origin narratives. Since these documents often feature actors or episodes not found in other historical narratives and make idiosyncratic use of the Gregorian calendar, interpreters must contend with two vexing issues: the relationship between these narratives and other accounts written by indigenous or European chroniclers, and the nature of these texts as exercises in collective remembrance. In an inspired, inventive, and sprawling volume, Robert Haskett provides a closely reasoned answer to these questions based on some 19 primordial titles, most of them in Nahuatl, that focus on the local history of Cuauhnahuac, now Cuernavaca, a Tlalhuica community whose political history was deeply impacted by two contrasting hegemonic processes: Mexica influence after the late 1430s and Spanish colonial rule less than a century later.

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