Chew this coca, sister
August 2, 2005 9:39 AM Subscribe
The Guaman Poma Website.
Felipe Guaman Poma's El primer nueva coronica y buen gobierno
(New Chronicle and Good Government
) is one of the most remarkable manuscripts of the seventeenth century. Written by a native Peruvian, in the form of a 1200-page 'letter' to King Philip III of Spain, it provides a richly detailed account of Inca society before and after the Spanish conquest. Forgotten for three centuries, it was rediscovered in 1908 in the Royal Library, Copenhagen, which has now published a full digital facsimile online. The illustrations
are extraordinary: glimpses of the abuse of colonial power ('Recite the doctrine, Indian troublemaker! Right now!'
) alongside gentler scenes of agriculture and everyday life ('Chew this coca, sister'
). Scholarly articles
help to set the manuscript in context. Browse and enjoy.