Indigenous epistemes of the Borderlands

A digital archive for a decolonized ethnohistory

by Paloma Vargas Montes
Contributor: Miriam Rojas Solís

“Indigenous epistemes of the Borderlands” is a digital archive of primary sources focused on the decolonial ethnohistory of the indigenous groups that inhabited the region of northeastern Mexico and southeastern Texas during the viceregal period. From a methodological perspective that integrates philology, hermeneutics, ethnohistory of religions and digital humanities, this project proposes the understanding of the territory as a secular cultural region, in which the mobility of indigenous groups, such as the Alazapas and Mezcales, was associated with their worldview and not only with a subsistence economy.

Photos by Paloma Vargas Montes at the archeological site Boca de Potrerillos, Nuevo León, México.

Archivo General de Indias

Historical documents from the General Archive of the Indies that describe the region Texas, Coahuila and Nuevo León during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Archivo General de Indias


  • publisher
    Arte Público Press
  • publisher place
    Houston, TX

Conceived as the first stage of a digital archive that must grow with the integration of periodic searches in various repositories, for this first installment, the site presents volumes of documents from the General Archive of the Indies that describe the region in the 17th and 18th centuries. Through visualizations such as timelines, mobility maps and textual analysis, as well as introductory studies, the reader-user will be able to contextualize the reading of primary sources and have useful tools for their potential teaching in the classroom.