Association of Social Anthropologists ASA Conference Edinburgh

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


In December 2013 I revisited the old Curaca of Macha (Alasaya), don Gregorio Carvajal, when I was shown a part of his archive I had not seen before. Correspondence from different instances show us indian authorities at different levels writing and receiving correspondence, not only to and from national and Church authorities, but among themselves. The archive reflects the play of indian authority and communal sovereignty during the period of indigenous fiscal autonomy during the 20th century, and includes a local written expression of the tributary "pact". Don Gregorio also recited an oral template of the notarial form for the documents he had written recognising fulfilment by tributaries of their 'turno forzoso' (mita obligations). I compare this template with documents written by his father don Agustin Carvajal, ex-combatiente of the Chaco war, now stored in the Historical Archive of Potosí. This shows the creative combination of old Spanish legal formulae, reflecting the reproduction in the 20th century of the democracy of the 'Old Régime'.
Period19 Jun 201422 Jun 2014
Event titleAssociation of Social Anthropologists ASA Conference Edinburgh
Event typeOther