Matrilineal Routes: Indigenous Kinship Networks, Gender, and Mobility in Early Modern Colombia


ACLS Fellowship Program




"Matrilineal Routes” examines the influence of Indigenous matrilineal kinship networks and social practices on early colonial life and ethnic identity formation in the New Kingdom of Granada, which covered a significant portion of the northern Andes of South America from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. By using a gendered lens to scrutinize imperial level correspondence, locally produced manuscripts, archaeological remains, and visual sources, "Matrilineal Routes" underscores the crucial, yet often ignored, role of matrilineality in supporting the Spanish Empire's colonial ambitions in the northern Andes.