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Mexico's Indigenous Communities
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"I know of no other work of its kind or in its league. It is entirely original: a wonderfully narrated uncompromising history that is thoroughly and masterfully researched. This book is bound to be a classic. . . a model for future research on the indigenous peoples of the Americas."—Kevin Terraciano, UCLA

A rich and detailed account of indigenous history in central and southern Mexico from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries, Mexico's Indigenous Communities is an expansive work that destroys the notion that Indians were victims of forces beyond their control and today have little connection with their ancient past. Indian communities continue to remember and tell their own local histories, recovering and rewriting versions of their past in light of their lived present. Ethelia Ruiz Medrano focuses on a series of individual cases, falling within successive historical epochs, that illustrate how the practice of drawing up and preserving historical documents-in particular, maps, oral accounts, and painted manuscripts-has been a determining factor in the history of Mexico's Indian communities for a variety of purposes, including the significant issue of land and its rightful ownership. Since the sixteenth century, numerous Indian pueblos have presented colonial and national courts with historical evidence that defends their landholdings. Because of its sweeping scope, groundbreaking research, and the author's intimate knowledge of specific communities, Mexico's Indigenous Communities is a unique and exceptional contribution to Mexican history. It will appeal to students and specialists of history, indigenous studies, ethnohistory, and anthropology of Latin America and Mexico.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Tables and Maps
  2. p. xi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. 1: Historical Background: Indian Access to Colonial Justice in the Sixteenth Century
  2. pp. 11-78
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  1. 2: Indigenous Negotiation to Preserve Land, History, Titles, and Maps: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
  2. pp. 79-149
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  1. 3: Indigenous Negotiation to Preserve Land, History, Titles, and Maps: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
  2. pp. 151-209
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  1. 4: Defending Land: Indian Pueblos’ Contemporary Quest for the Origins of Local Community History
  2. pp. 211-282
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 283-291
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  1. Maps
  2. pp. 293-301
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  1. List of Libraries and Archives Consulted
  2. p. 303
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  1. List of Significant Towns Mentioned in the Book
  2. pp. 305-308
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 309-323
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 325-338
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