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Mexicos Indigenous Communities: Their Lands and Histories, 1500-2010 Ethelia Ruiz Medrano

Mexicos Indigenous Communities: Their Lands and Histories, 1500-2010

Ethelia Ruiz Medrano

Published November 15th 2011
ISBN : 9781607321330
Paperback
400 pages
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A rich and detailed account of indigenous history in central and southern Mexico from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries, Mexicos Indigenous Communities is an expansive work that destroys the notion that Indians were victims of forcesMoreA rich and detailed account of indigenous history in central and southern Mexico from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries, Mexicos Indigenous Communities is an expansive work that destroys the notion that Indians were victims of forces beyond their control and today have little connection with their ancient past. Indian communities continue to remember and tell their own local histories, recovering and rewriting versions of their past in light of their lived present.Ethelia Ruiz Medrano focuses on a series of individual cases, falling within successive historical epochs, that illustrate how the practice of drawing up and preserving historical documents-in particular, maps, oral accounts, and painted manuscripts-has been a determining factor in the history of Mexicos Indian communities for a variety of purposes, including the significant issue of land and its rightful ownership. Since the sixteenth century, numerous Indian pueblos have presented colonial and national courts with historical evidence that defends their landholdings.Because of its sweeping scope, groundbreaking research, and the authors intimate knowledge of specific communities, Mexicos Indigenous Communities is a unique and exceptional contribution to Mexican history. It will appeal to students and specialists of history, indigenous studies, ethnohistory, and anthropology of Latin America and Mexico