El Pueblo Palta en la Historia Continuidades, Transformaciones y Rupturas

Translated title of the contribution: The Palta People In History Continuities, Transformations And Ruptures

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Despite the antiquity of the archaeological remains present in the province of Loja, little is known about its ancient inhabitants before the Inca and Spanish conquests. The identity of the Paltas -present in Loja at the time of integration- becomes even more diffuse in the colony, to the point that in the collective memory and consciousness, this people would have become extinct, without further ado, under the rule of colonial exploitation. This interpretation also finds support in the discourse built around Loja as a "white and Castilian" city, where the indigenous element has long since disappeared, with the only exception - at the provincial level - in the enclave of Saraguro. While it is true that Loja was home to a large number of emigrants of European origin (including a strong wave of Sephardic Jews), it is no less true that at the end of the colony most of the provincial population was composed of indigenous people. When the colonial ties were released, the "natural" population - as the Indians were called - opted for the strategy of cultural miscegenation and the adoption of symbolic and social models different from the original ones.
Translated title of the contributionThe Palta People In History Continuities, Transformations And Ruptures
Original languageSpanish (Ecuador)
PublisherEditorial Abya-Yala
Number of pages344
ISBN (Print)978-9978-10-223-7
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2015


  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Indigenous people

CACES Knowledge Areas

  • 222A History and Archaeology


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