"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. His book is a powerful demonstration of the ways in which archeology, history, and anthropology can be brought in closer engagement with the narratives of contemporary native Americans themselves."--Jacket.
Repatriating history : indigenous archaeology and the Pueblo revolt of 1680 -- Creating the invisible Indian -- Explaining the persistence of Indian cultures : ethnicity theory, social distance and the myth of acculturation -- The mythologies of conquest : militarizing Jesus, slavery and rebellion in the Spanish borderlands -- Abandonment as social stragegy : colonial violence and the Pueblo response -- "Seek and you shall find" : mobility as social strategy : documenting evidence of contact and revolt period settlements -- The archaeological correlates of ethnogenesis : community building at Old Cochiti -- Repatriating Old Cochiti
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