Experiencing Community: Residential Life Under the lnka Empire in Huarochirí (Lima, Peru): Anthropology 290 Series

Lecture | September 23 | 2-4 p.m. | Kroeber Hall, 221 (Gifford Room)

 Carla Hernandez Garavito, Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Riverside

 Department of Anthropology

In this talk I discuss how lnka imperialism was experienced by a small Andean community in the Peruvian Highlands. I argue that lnka imperialism in Huarochiri built upon existing local practices and rituals, as well as the appropriation and redefinition of community organization. I focus on domestic space to map both the subtle and drastic changes under lnka control. I also demonstrate how local practices rebuilt themselves in the face of the lnka and subsequent Spanish conquests. The archaeology of the lnka Empire has more often focused on institutions, infrastructure, and militarism. Through my analysis, I build on this research and expand it by looking at the impact of empire in every-day life and, conversely, at the effect subjected communities had in the evolving of lnka imperial practices.

Professor Carla Hernandez Garavito is an anthropological archaeologist working in the Peruvian Andes with a focus on the lnka Empire and Spanish Colonialism. She is currently a Chancellor Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Riverside.