9. Why paint the Lienzo?
Why did the Quauhquecholteca paint the Lienzo?
The Quauhquecholteca painted the Lienzo to document their role in the conquest of Guatemala. Three publics come to mind:
- They wanted to record that they had the right to hold a privileged position as co-conquerors in the new political system that was being formed in the conquered lands. The Spanish conquerors also produced documents called probanzas for the same reason.
- They had been away from home fighting a war that cost tax money and lives. They needed to account to their own people in Quauhquechollan that the price was worth it; that glory—and hopefully privilege—was theirs.
- Like humans everywhere, they wanted their bravery and victory to be remembered by their descendants and the descendants of those they had conquered.