This symposium will provide a forum for the interdisciplinary discussion of the identities of indigenous peoples in colonial Spanish America. It will bring together scholars of colonial studies to discuss how indigenous peoples forged new identities through their engagement with colonial society and institutions, and the context and purposes for which they made recourse to them. By reading and analyzing native historiographies in conjunction with archival documentation, and visual media, the symposium participants will discus the diversity of strategies that native peoples used to negotiate the European presence. In doing so, Amerindians bridged native and Spanish cultures, and shaped both indigenous identities and the colonial society in which they lived.