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Yaqui Homeland And Homeplace

Author: Kirstin C. Erickson
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 0816535922
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In this illuminating book, anthropologist Kirstin Erickson explains how members of the Yaqui tribe, an indigenous group in northern Mexico, construct, negotiate, and continually reimagine their ethnic identity. She examines two interconnected dimensions of the Yaqui ethnic imagination: the simultaneous processes of place making and identification, and the inseparability of ethnicity from female-identified spaces, roles, and practices. Yaquis live in a portion of their ancestral homeland in Sonora, about 250 miles south of the Arizona border. A long history of displacement and ethnic struggle continues to shape the Yaqui sense of self, as Erickson discovered during the sixteen months that she lived in Potam, one of the eight historic Yaqui pueblos. She found that themes of identity frequently arise in the stories that Yaquis tell and that geography and location—space and place—figure prominently in their narratives. Revisiting Edward Spicer’s groundbreaking anthropological study of the Yaquis of Potam pueblo undertaken more than sixty years ago, Erickson pays particular attention to the “cultural work” performed by Yaqui women today. She shows that by reaffirming their gendered identities and creating and occupying female-gendered spaces such as kitchens, household altars, and domestic ceremonial spaces, women constitute Yaqui ethnicity in ways that are as significant as actions taken by males in tribal leadership and public ceremony. This absorbing study contributes new empirical knowledge about a Native American community as it adds to the growing anthropology of space/place and gender. By inviting readers into the homes and patios where Yaqui women discuss their lives, it offers a highly personalized account of how they construct—and reconstruct—their identity.

The Yaquis And The Empire

Author: Raphael Brewster Folsom
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 030019689X
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This important new book on the Yaqui people of the north Mexican state of Sonora examines the history of Yaqui-Spanish interactions from first contact in 1533 through Mexican independence in 1821. The Yaquis and the Empire is the first major publication to deal with the colonial history of the Yaqui people in more than thirty years and presents a finely wrought portrait of the colonial experience of the indigenous peoples of Mexico's Yaqui River Valley. In examining native engagement with the forces of the Spanish empire, Raphael Brewster Folsom identifies three ironies that emerged from the dynamic and ambiguous relationship of the Yaquis and their conquerors: the strategic use by the Yaquis of both resistance and collaboration; the intertwined roles of violence and negotiation in the colonial pact; and the surprising ability of the imperial power to remain effective despite its general weakness. Published in Cooperation with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University

Ethnic Groups Of The Americas

Author: James Minahan
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1610691636
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Intended to help students explore ethnic identity—one of the most important issues of the 21st century—this concise, one-stop reference presents rigorously researched content on the national groups and ethnicities of North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

The Patas

Author: David A. Yetman
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 0816528977
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"This book brings together a tremendous number of historical sources to paint a picture of the Opatas, a group that has been largely neglected in academic literature. It should serve as a key historical reference to fellow scholars as well as the general reader."---Kirstin Erickson, Author or Yaqut Homeland and Homeplace: the Everyday Production of Ethnic Identity In 1600 they were the largest, most technologically advanced indigenous group in northwest Mexico, but today, though their descendants presumably live on in Sonora, almost no one claims descent from the Opatas. The Opatas seem to have "disappeared" as an ethnic group, their languages forgotten except for the names of the towns, plants, and geography of the Opateria, where they lived.

Studies Of The Yaqui Indians Of Sonora Mexico Classic Reprint

Author: William Curry Holden
Publisher: Forgotten Books
ISBN: 9781333643232
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Excerpt from Studies of the Yaqui Indians of Sonora, Mexico Five months later Mr. Williams was kind enough to let us see the account. It was mostly a sketchy account of the tribal wars with the Mexicans since i74o. It occurred to us that if we could get to the old men on the Rio Yaqui we could possibly draw from them additional information. Williams had visited the eight villages on the Rio Yaqui in I929, and had become a close friend of Jesus Munguia, at that time chief of all the villages. Munguia had since urged Williams to visit the Yaquis again and bring his friends if he wished. An opportunity to enter the Yaqui country as Williams' friends caused us to start planning an expedition. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

Huichol Territory And The Mexican Nation

Author: Paul M. Liffman
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 9780816529308
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The Huichol (Wixarika) people claim a vast expanse of MexicoÕs western Sierra Madre and northern highlands as a territory called kiekari, which includes parts of the states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Durango, Zacatecas, and San Luis Potos’. This territory forms the heart of their economic and spiritual lives. But indigenous land struggle is a central fact of Mexican history, and in this fascinating new work Paul Liffman expands our understanding of it. Drawing on contemporary anthropological theory, he explains how Huichols assert their sovereign rights to collectively own the 1,500 square miles they inhabit and to practice rituals across the 35,000 square miles where their access is challenged. Liffman places current access claims in historical perspective, tracing Huichol communitiesÕ long-term efforts to redress the inequitable access to land and other resources that their neighbors and the state have imposed on them. Liffman writes that Òthe cultural grounds for territorial claims were what the people I wanted to study wanted me to work on.Ó Based on six years of collaboration with a land-rights organization, interviews, and participant observation in meetings, ceremonies, and extended stays on remote rancher’as, Huichol Territory and the Mexican Nation analyzes the sites where people define Huichol territory. The bookÕs innovative structure echoes HuicholsÕ own approach to knowledge and examines the nation and state, not just the community. LiffmanÕs local, regional, and national perspective informs every chapter and expands the toolkit for researchers working with indigenous communities. By describing HuicholsÕ ceremonially based placemaking to build a theory of Òhistorical territoriality,Ó he raises provocative questions about what ÒplaceÓ means for native peoples worldwide.

Yaqui Women

Author: Jane Holden Kelley
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803277748
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The four life histories collected here?personal accounts of the Yaqui wars, deportation from Sonora in virtual slavery, life as soldaderas with the Mexican Revolutionary army, emigration to Arizona to escape persecution, the rebuilding of the Yaqui villages in post-Revolutionary Sonora, and life in the modern Yaqui communities?constitute remarkable documents of human endurance, valuable for both their historical and their anthropological insights. In addition, they shed new light on the roles of women, a group that is underrepresented in studies of Yaquis as well as in life history literature. Based on the belief that the life history approach, focusing on individual rather than cultures or societies, can contribute significantly to anthropological research, the book includes a discussion of life history methodology and illustrates its applicability to questions of social roles and variations in adaptive strategies.