How did Indigenous Migration Strategies Undermine the Spanish Colonial Empire?


Nov. 15, 2021, 11:30am to 12:30pm

Office/Remote Location

CBC C120 or Online (optional).


Please join us for a UNLV Anthropology Talk, given by Dr. Di Hu. Dr. Di Hu is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at James Madison University. There is space for a limited number of audience members to watch the livestream in-person (in CBC C120) or one can register to obtain the WebEx access link to watch online.

How did Indigenous Migration Strategies Undermine the Spanish Colonial Empire? A Case Study from Peru.

Some empires, such as the Neo-Assyrian and Inka Empires, resettled local populations for economic and security purposes. According to historical accounts, a quarter to a third of the Inka Empire’s population consisted of resettled peoples. When the Spanish Empire incorporated the former Inka Empire, coercive resettlement continued. Recent genetic studies of Andean populations have shown both localized continuity over thousands of years and overall genetic homogeneity in the highland Andean region from Ecuador down to Bolivia. In this talk, I show how the migration histories of the Inka and Spanish colonial periods explain this seeming contradiction in the genetic data. I show how the gendered patterns of migration in the colonial period contributed greatly to the spatial patterning of modern-day population genetics. I then discuss how the changes in migration patterns from the Inka to Spanish colonial period gave rise to the cosmopolitan indigenous identities in the late colonial period (late eighteenth to early nineteenth centuries) that underpinned the largest indigenous-led rebellions in the history of the Americas.

Admission Information

A limited number of audience members can watch a livestream of the Talk in CBC C120, or one can register to receive WebEx access.

Contact Information

Peter Gray

External Sponsor

Department of Anthropology