Native Insurgencies and the Genocidal Impulse in the Americas
Publication Year: 2005
Published by: Indiana University Press
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During the years spent researching and writing this book, I have been very fortunate to have beneted from the support and kindness of many people. In Bolivia, I am especially indebted to Marcela Inch, director of the National Archive and Library of Bolivia, as well as her predecessors, Hugo Poppe Entrambasaguas, Ren� Arze Aguirre, and the late Gunnar Mendoza. Researching there...
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In the predawn hours of August 10, 1680, the Pueblo Indians of present-day New Mexico rose up in a well-planned and highly coordinated effort to eliminate the Spanish presence in the R�o Grande basin. Those Hispanics and their allies in the northern region who managed to flee the native fury and take refuge in Santa Fe would soon find themselves besieged in the main govern...
2. Millennialism, Nativism, and Genocide
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The concept of millennialism derives from the reference in the book of Revelation (20:4–6) to the promised 1,000-year reign of peace prior to the Judgment Day following the Second Coming of Christ. Millennial movements, however, are not limited to those of Christian orientation and are archetypal expressions of hope, usually born of desperation. While focusing on millennialism...
3. Creation through Extermination: Native Efforts to Eliminate the Hispanic Presence in the Americas
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The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 was the culmination of decades of endemic resistance by the Pueblo Indians to Spanish rule. Numerous conspiracies had been uncovered and broken up by the Spaniards over the years, and had it not been for the extraordinary organization and coordination of the rebels, the rebellion of 1680 would have met a similar end. By then, however, the natives had...
4. Nativism, Caste Wars, and the Exterminatory Impulse
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The three insurgencies that are the focus of this work were each a “conscious, organized attempt on the part of a society’s members to revive orperpetuate selected aspects of its culture.”1 Each responded to a complex of “stresses” within their society and culture that either threatened their cultural or physical survival, such as in the case of the Pueblo Revolt, or were exacer-...
5. Rebellion and Relative Deprivation
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Millennial movements in traditional societies are reactionary, seeking to re-create a legendary golden age often through cultural, and occasionally genetic, purification. On the other hand, they are fundamentally revolutionary in that their ideological agenda can usually only be implemented through the removal of a certain strata of society.1 They are also revolutionary in the true...
6. Leadership and Division
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Despite the differences in time and place, these rebellions were all led by charismatic individuals who promised divine protection for their salvationist endeavor. These leaders not only helped to imbue the movements with millennial qualities but also, with varying degrees of success, offered a degree of cohesion that mitigated the divisive nature of the forces that they led, nomi-...
7. Atrocity as Metaphor: The Symbolic Language of Rebellion
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While most rebels left no written word of their sources of inspiration or of their goals, in many ways their actions were their written word. Many were anything but inarticulate and expressed themselves clearly through the symbolic nature of their actions. Symbolic language preceded that of oral and written expression, and that it would be used by traditional peoples should...
8. Cultural Assimilation in the Native World
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Although each of the movements studied here was exterminatory in terms of their millennially inspired objective of eliminating the Hispanic presence in their lands, the rebels had assimilated, to differing degrees, elements ofthe culture that they were seeking to eliminate. While this appears contradictory, such assimilation is not at all unusual in such movements generally, and...
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Although the rebellions examined in this work were expressions of different cultures and separated by time and distance, they share a great deal in common. All of them were millennially inspired, subaltern exterminatory movements that responded to a history of antagonistic interethnic relations, severe socioeconomic disparity, and pressures that threatened the well-being or...
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Page Count: 304
Illustrations: 1 bibliog., 1 index
Publication Year: 2005