History events at the IHR

The Three Pillars of the Indigenous Household: Buildings, Land, and Saints in Colonial Mexico

19 November 2013, 17:15 - 19:30

Event Type: Seminar


Caterina Pizzigoni (Columbia University)


The talk will address a new interpretation of the indigenous household composition and its changes over time, comparing it to the Spanish house structure as well as to what is known of indigenous pre-conquest traditions. The role of sacred images in the household will be discussed extensively, opening paths of future research yet to be explored. The analysis will be based primarily on testaments in Nahuatl and Spanish and inventories from the early seventeenth to the early nineteenth century. Many of the ideas presented come from the monograph The Life Within: Local Indigenous Society in Mexico’s Toluca Valley, 1650-1800, while also introducing a new project.

Venue: The Court Room (Senate House, first floor)

Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU 

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