Indigenous Intellectuals is the product of two conferences. The first, in 2009 (at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting), explored the theme of Mexican and Andean indigenous intellectuals from the sixteenth century to the present. The second, in 2010 (at the University of Cambridge, home institution for editor Gabriela Ramos), centered the conversation on the past, on the first three centuries of European presence in the Americas. This remains the temporal focus of the published volume, although Tristan Platt's concluding chapter extends the story into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Spatially, the chapters of Indigenous Intellectuals move back and forth between Mexico and the Andes: from central Mexico (chapters 2, 5, and 6) and Oaxaca (chapter 4) to Lima and Cuzco (chapters 1, 3, and 10) and (between those two Andean capitals) Huarochirí (chapter 7). Tristan Platt's conclusion pushes the volume farther...

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