The Taki Onqoy Movement

Taki Onqoy dancers – via

The Taki Onqoy Movement, an indigenous collaboration that united Andean nations against the Spanish in the 1560s, is another example of Native American resistance. Calling for a pan-Andean alliance of the local gods against colonization, it promoted non-cooperation with the Europeans, rejection of the Christian religion and the names, food and clothing received from the Spanish and refusal to pay tributes or fulfill labor drafts. The movement, which at its largest stretched from Lima to Cuzco and La Paz, helped indigenous people identify themselves as Indians, as opposed to white Christian Europeans. Under the cover of Christianization, the Takiongos found ways to continue to worship their gods and maintain some traditional practices.


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