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

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

by Michael V. Wilcox


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520252059
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 12/03/2009
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 334
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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

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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

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