Inca History according to Guaman Poma

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The MindMap of Inca History according to Guaman Poma is an image-centered diagram that represents the table of content of Guaman Poma's great work: El Primer Nueva Corónica y Buen Gobierno (The First New Chronicle and Good Government).


Chapters about the Incas (see the diagram above):

  • 6. The chapter of the Incas

  • 8. The chapter of the Inca’s captains and their noble ladies

  • 9. The chapter of the Inca’s laws

  • 13. The chapter of burials of the Inca

  • 14. The chapter of the Inca’s chosen virgins

  • 17. The chapter of the Inca’s patrimony

  • 18. The chapter of the Inca’s government

Illustrations from 1615 by The "Incas Chronicler" Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala about the Incas

Finding his most persuasive medium to be the visual image, he organizes his 1200-page Nueva corónica y buen gobierno (New Chronicle and Good Government) around his 398  pen-and-ink drawings, all skillfully executed by his own hand. For the archaeologist, Guaman Poma's drawings of native life under the Incas are like photographs of the past.



Guaman Poma, "the author Ayala," kneeling alongside the king of Spain, before the Pope.


The first Inca

Manco Capac Inca


The ninth Inca

Pachacutec Inca of the Kingdom of Cuzco


Feast of the Incas: wariqsa, dance; arawi, song of the Inca. He sings with his red llama.


Tupac Inca Yupanqui

The Inca's litter of precious stones, qhispi rampa.


Huayna Capac Inca

The Inka's red litter, pillku rampa, used in war.


Reference: Guaman Poma - 'El primer Nueva corónica y buen gobierno'.

Last updated: July 5, 2009.

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