By Gilda Hernandez Sanchez
The Spanish colonization dramatically interrupted the self sustaining improvement of historical Mesoamerican tradition. however, indigenous societies learnt to stay with the conquest. It used to be not just a time of hindrance, but additionally an awfully inventive period of time within which fabric tradition mirrored indigenous peoples' various responses and diversifications to the altering situations. This paintings provides insights into the method of cultural continuity and alter within the indigenous international by way of targeting pottery expertise within the Nahua (Aztec) sector of vital Mexico. The overdue pre-colonial, early colonial and present-day features of this are explored so that it will come to a renewed knowing of its long term improvement. with a contribution by means of Iliana Yunuen Caloca Rhi
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Indigenous and foreign people got married and had children; and established work relations that varied from gruesome slavery to economic partnerships. Those aspects may be, or not, taken into account in the study of colonial societies. If such a society is not seen as heterogenous and if the roles of the various social groups are not seen as relevant, then the representation of the colonial culture may not only reproduce colonial stereotypes, but may also be incorrect and inequal. Post-colonial thinking has been precisely concerned with this subject.
There are several reasons for this; the majority of the impressive architectonical works of the colonial period are located in this city, which after being capital of the Aztec empire turned into the seat of the Spanish viceroyalty. , García and Juárez 1985; Hernández 1982; Hernández and López 1987). , Fournier 1990; Hernández et al. 1988). Also, in the last decades in this city there have been large infrastructure projects, such archaeology of colonialism 27 as the introduction of deep drainage and electricity and underground telephone cable, as well as conservation projects of important colonial buildings such as the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Hybridity is seen an appropriate conceptual tool to refer to the specific in-between situation of colonial and post-colonial societies. However, in my opinion, if it is indistinctly applied to everything that seems to be syncretic or a fusion of elements, it loses its significance. In addition, it has been critized that the term hybridity refers more to cultures than to people and actions (Friedman 1999:245-51; Parry 1994). For this reason, van Dommelen (2005:117) introduced the term hybridization, which refers to the process of creation of hybrid cultures, and therefore to individuals who actively create colonial relations.
Ceramics and the Spanish Conquest: Response and Continuity of Indigenous Pottery Technology in Central Mexico by Gilda Hernandez Sanchez