Quote Originally Posted by greendragon View Post
I'm not certain this is what you're looking for, but what about those cultures for whom we have little to no written history for, or only written by their conquerors? The Picts, the Celts, the Pre-Columbian Americans, The Etruscans, the Beaker People, etc.
I've been looking into the case where Cortez and company crush the power of the Mexica (aka the Aztecs) and then histories get written. This turns out to be a far from simple case for all kinds of reasons -- for example, Cortez reported on the events as they happened and we don't know how much of what happened was driven by his association with his main translator, guide and mistress moreover it appears that there is a coherent more or less "written" parallel set of narratives based on Texcoco and Tlaxcala (the open and also concealed enemies of the Mexica). The most recent big history of the Conquest (called Conquest)is mostly based on European sources and does no systematic evaluation of what the Texcoco/Tlaxcalan narratives might have to offer. So there are sources to use for a narrative not based on the narratives of the conquerors (at least if you discount the Texcoco/Tlaxcalans as conquerors), though of course it would be a more difficult undertaking -- though easier now that some of the materials for the Texcoco side of the story are being increasingly studied.