FELIPE GUAMAN POMA DE AYALA EL PRIMER NUEVA CORÓNICA Y BUEN GOBIERNO (1615)

Written in the early 1600s, Felipe Guamán Poma de Ayala’s letter to King Phillip III of Spain is a 1,189 page document, including 398 full-page drawings. Guamán Poma’s writing and illustrations deliver a wealth of information about indigenous experiences and intercultural encounters during the early colonial period. As Rolena Adorno’s (2000) seminal work on the intersection of image and text in Guamán Poma’s manuscript shows, the spatial organization of the drawings reveals a second interpretive outlook inscribed with a moral commentary, legible to those proficient in this literacy and hidden to those who are not.

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