A Sociohistorical and Dialectological Account
Appendix 1. Examined historic archives
In addition to available documents about the region, the study summarized in Chapter 3 demanded work in basically three church archives and two regional ones: the Archbishop’s Archives of Lima (AAL), the Archbishop’s Archives of Trujillo (AAT), and the Historical Diocesan Archives of Cajamarca (AHDC), among the first group, and the La Libertad Regional Archives (ARLL) and the Cajamarca Regional Archives (ARC), among the second group. The document search had three objectives: first, identify early documents in which the intervention of interpreters in indigenous languages was mentioned; second, select documents that contained data about the geographical circuits relevant to intra- and interregional communication, and third, locate documents that allowed for exploration of linguistic aspects in spaces of production important to regional history, such as textile plants and mining sites. With these objectives in mind, in the AAL I reviewed the series of Witchcraft and Idolatries, Visits, Capítulos, and Statistics. In all of these collections I separated the documents relevant to my area – in other words, those corresponding to the present-day territory of the province of Pallasca, which was part of the jurisdiction of the Archbishopric of Lima until the bishopric of Huaraz was created in 1899.1 During the two limited but valuable afternoons of surveying that were offered to me in the AAT, I dedicated myself to completing the ← 343 | 344 → transcription of the idolatries documents since Larco’s publication (2005) does not contain all of them, though it does select...
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