The Mexican Earth

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After extensive excursions in Mexico, Todd Downing came to see Mexican history from the perspective of the land and its native people. A Choctaw Indian himself, he identified with the Indios, and in The Mexican Earth he narrates - within the frame of a travelogue - Mexican history from an indigenous point of view. Along with historical highlights - the Aztecs and the Spanish conquest, the first struggles for liberty and Maximilian's empire, and the revolutions and strife of the early twentieth century - Downing ...
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Overview

After extensive excursions in Mexico, Todd Downing came to see Mexican history from the perspective of the land and its native people. A Choctaw Indian himself, he identified with the Indios, and in The Mexican Earth he narrates - within the frame of a travelogue - Mexican history from an indigenous point of view. Along with historical highlights - the Aztecs and the Spanish conquest, the first struggles for liberty and Maximilian's empire, and the revolutions and strife of the early twentieth century - Downing presents the folklore and anecdotes of the people, and of their gods and heroes, that reveal the color, depth, and variety of Mexican life. This second edition includes a new bibliography, an extensive index, and a foreword, in which Wolfgang Hochbruck explores Downing's life and works within the context of Native American writing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781258271305
  • Publisher: Literary Licensing, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/7/2012
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
I Cactus, Orchids, Maguey 1
II Feathered Serpent 18
III The Highway of the Roses 35
IV The Yellow Beard of Pedro de Alvarado 51
V Blood on the Sun 67
VI Fiesta of the Flowers 83
VII Noche Triste 96
VIII Gold: Yellow, Green and Black 108
IX Dark Men, Dark Gods 124
X The King's Silver 135
XI Poinsettia 148
XII The Bandits of Rio Frio 162
XIII Vacilada and a Leg 176
XIV The Yellow Beard of Maximilian 192
XV Stepmother of Mexicans 207
XVI Valentina 225
XVII La Cucaracha 140
XVIII The Arm of Obregon 255
XIX Rosaries and Rifles 273
XX The Cave God of Chalma 292
XXI The Return of Quetzalcoatl 308
XXII The Marigolds of Mitla 323
Bibliography 339
Index 341
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