INDIAN LANGUAGE AND WRITING

The first Spaniards in America tried to talk to the natives with gestures, and this could lead to misunderstandings. Of the more quirky from Andes I can mention that a Spaniard asked: ¿Cómo te llama? Meaning what is it called? And pointing to the animal. The Indian caught the last word of the question ¿llama?…

SPANIARDS CHANGED THE STORY

Neither the Aztecs in Mexico nor the Incas in Peru had before the Spanish conquest a writing system, as we understand it. They gave their stories further by means of mnemonic tools: signs on stones, bones or ceramics, picture-writing on skins or bark, in rituals, narratives and songs. Some we know today because Spaniards wrote…