Transforming Colonial Policies: Unexpected Spaces of Resistance in the Peruvian Andes

Carla Hernández Garavito, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

University of California Santa Cruz



During the Inka (14-15th centuries) and Spanish (16th-19th centuries) colonial periods in the Central Andes and to the present, Indigenous and descendant communities have found ways to endure top-down policies aimed at transforming them and, in many cases, not only challenged but reinventing these policies through the filters of their own local histories, practices, and memories. In this presentation, I will discuss one such case in the southern region of the Huarochirí province of Peru. In the Santo Domingo de los Olleros district, a community of potters that would have disappeared under Spanish colonial resettlement used their knowledge and spaces of action as artisans and an on-the-ground understanding of the Spanish missionization project to reclaim their lands and identities. Through archaeological, archival, and ethnographic data, I argue that local communities developed unexpected spaces of resistance to policies aimed at uprooting their traditional ways of life. 


Wed October 25th 2023, 12:00 - 1:00pm
Building 500, Archaeology Center
488 Escondido Mall, Stanford, CA 94305
Event Sponsor
Archaeology Center
Carla Hernández Garavito