3128 - Indigenous Images of the Bishoprics of New Spain: The Codex of Tlaxcala and Amerindian Authority

The Codex of Tlaxcala, a visual narrative that was identified bound with the Relaciones geográficas submitted by Diego Muñoz Camargo, offers an insight into colonial Tlaxcalan politics and social history. Interestingly, this document often chronicles a perspective radically different from that of the Relaciones geográficas. It details the accounts of the conquest of Tenochtitlan and the Tlaxcalan participation on other expeditions throughout the Americas. One of the most striking images in this document is the illustration the bishoprics of the new colony as Amerindians, using place glyphs to commemorate each community and paying special attention to ethnic difference and cultural identity. This paper examines the representation of the founding of the bishoprics and the active process by Amerindian communities to communicate their own cultural narratives and those of their neighbors in the new colonial order.

Palavras-chaves: Amerindians, colonial Mexico, visual texts

Autores: Gillespie, Jeanne (University of Southern Mississippi, Ud States of Am / USA)


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