La Indianidad : The Indigenous World Before Latin Americans

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"Mayan manuscripts and stone glyphs from pre-Columbian times are among the few historical documents by or about early Native Americans. Many other native artifacts have been destroyed and their memories suppressed." "To arrive at an authentic ethnohistory of Amerindians and to understand the multi-dimensional nature of the ancient indigenous world, historians must rely on the work of archeologists, anthropologists, and linguists, who are constantly announcing new discoveries. They must also reexamine Spanish and Portuguese texts written in the early years of conquest and settlement from an essentially Eurocentric point of view to uncover the Indian voices beneath the surface. New evidence is emerging to challenge old notions of native Americans as "noble savages" living in an Eden-like paradise, or isolated, primitive people quickly defeated by "superior" Europeans." Hernan Horna integrates these insights into a concise indigenous history which, without bypassing western historiography, covers the nature of the Amerindians' world before Columbus as well as their post-conquest adaptations, co-existence and struggle against colonial rule and subjugation by the Catholic Church and state. His book provides a context for understanding the resilience of native languages, cultures and populations throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as the demands their leaders are now making for recognition and justice in lands stretching from Patagonia to Alaska.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558762695
  • Publisher: Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,505,456
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Toward a History of the Amerindian Civilizations 1
Another Historical Perspective 3
The First Emigrants 8
Agriculture 11
Foreign Contacts 17
Diffusionism versus Isolationism 29
Religious Fanaticism 31
Human Sacrifice 33
The Mayas 36
The Aztecs 46
The Incas 56
From Colonization to Decolonization 79
The Conquest Revisited 81
From Underdevelopment to Neocolonialism 109
Notes 153
Bibliography 167
Index 177
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