Kelly S. McDough gives sustained attention to the complex nature of Nahua intellectualism and writing from the colonial period through the present day. The Learned Ones describes the experience of reading historic text with native speakers today, some encountering Nahua intellectuals and their writing for the very first time. It intertwines the written word with oral traditions and embodied kwledge, aiming to retie the strand of alphabetic writing to the dynamic trajectory of Nahua intellectual work. This collaborative ethgraphy shows the heterogeneity of Nahua kwledge and writing, as well as indigeus experiences in Mexico.
Kelly S. McDonough is an assistant professor of colonial literatures and cultures and indigenous studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin. She has contributed to several journals, and she serves on the inaugural editorial board for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Journal.