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Andean Music Archaeology and Musical Instruments, Singing and Dancing in Guaman Poma's <i>Nuéva Crónica y Bien Gobierno</i>


Hickmann describes a 17th century work by Guaman Poma chronicling the first period of the Conquista. Details from this book are comparable to archaeological finds of musical instruments that have since disappeared. The author provides illustrations of ancient Andean instruments.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0101-2
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 1053
Publication Date: Dec 14,2011
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 30
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0101-2
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Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala was an Indigenous chronicler who wrote the book Nuéva Crónica y Bien Gobierno (1615/1616) during the first period of the Conquista. It is about the life of the indigenous people and their relationship to the Spanish conquerers. The book has a lot of drawings which are unique. In many of them, musical instruments in the hands of musicians, and dancing are depicted. These depictions of instruments can be compared to archaeologically excavated instruments of earlier times, many of which completely disappeared during the Conquista. Guaman Poma must have known some of these instrument-types. When such historiographical points of view are considered, important questions of methodology in music archaeology are raised.

Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala was an Indigenous chronicler who wrote the book Nuéva Crónica y Bien Gobierno (1615/1616) during the first period of the Conquista. It is about the life of the indigenous people and their relationship to the Spanish conquerers. The book has a lot of drawings which are unique. In many of them, musical instruments in the hands of musicians, and dancing are depicted. These depictions of instruments can be compared to archaeologically excavated instruments of earlier times, many of which completely disappeared during the Conquista. Guaman Poma must have known some of these instrument-types. When such historiographical points of view are considered, important questions of methodology in music archaeology are raised.

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Ellen Hickmann

  • From Music Archaeology to Historiography: Andean Music Archaeology and Musical Instruments, Singing and Dancing in Guaman Poma's Nueva Cronica y Bien Gobierno (page 5)
  • Bibliography (page 11)
  • Figures (page 12)
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