The Pueblo Revolt and the Mythology of Conquest: An Indigenous Archaeology of Contact / Edition 1

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In a groundbreaking book that challenges familiar narratives of discontinuity, disease-based demographic collapse, and acculturation, Michael V. Wilcox upends many deeply held assumptions about native peoples in North America. His provocative book poses the question, What if we attempted to explain their presence in contemporary society five hundred years after Columbus instead of their disappearance or marginalization? Wilcox looks in particular at the 1680 Pueblo Revolt in colonial New Mexico, the most successful indigenous rebellion in the Americas, as a case study for dismantling the mythology of the perpetually vanishing
Indian. Bringing recent archaeological findings to bear on traditional historical accounts, Wilcox suggests that a more profitable direction for understanding the history of Native cultures should involve analyses of issues such as violence, slavery, and the creative responses they generated.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Infinitely more compelling than the lessons we're taught in school."--Stanford Report

"A deeply analytical work which gives a well-researched view of the . . . interactions between the Spanish and Pueblo people."--Pasatiempo

"An important contribution to the disciplines of archaeology and history."--Smrc Revista

Stanford Report

Infinitely more compelling than the lessons we’re taught in school.”
“A deeply analytical work which gives a well-researched view of the . . . interactions between the Spanish and Pueblo people.”
SMRC Revista
“An important contribution to the disciplines of archaeology and history.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520252059
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 12/3/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael V. Wilcox is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University.

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Table of Contents

1 Repatriating History: Indigenous Archaeology and the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 1

2 Creating the Invisible Indian 35

3 Explaining the Persistence of Indian Cultures: Ethnicity Theory, Social Distance, and the Myth of Acculturation 55

4 The Mythologies of Conquest: Militarizing Jesus, Slavery, and Rebellion in the Spanish Borderlands 75

5 Abandonment as Social Strategy: Colonial Violence and the Pueblo Response 95

6 "Seek and You Shall Find": Mobility as Social Strategy: Documenting Evidence of Contact and Revolt Period Settlements 149

7 The Archaeological Correlates of Ethnogenesis: Community Building at Old Cochiti 209

8 Repatriating Old Cochiti 233

Notes 245

References 263

Index 306

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