Weaving the Past A History of Latin America's Indigenous Women from the Prehispanic Period to the Present

ISBN-10: 0195183282
ISBN-13: 9780195183283
Edition: 2005
Authors: Susan Kellogg
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Description: Weaving the Past offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary history of Latin America's indigenous women. While the book concentrates on native women in Mesoamerica and the Andes, it covers indigenous people in other parts of South and Central  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/2/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Weaving the Past offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary history of Latin America's indigenous women. While the book concentrates on native women in Mesoamerica and the Andes, it covers indigenous people in other parts of South and Central America, including lowland peoples in and beyond Brazil, and Afro-indigenous peoples, such as the Garifuna, of Central America. Drawing on primary and secondary sources, it argues that change, not continuity, has been the norm for indigenouspeoples whose resilience in the face of complex and long-term patterns of cultural change is due in no small part to the roles, actions, and agency of women. The book provides broad coverage of gender roles in native Latin America over many centuries, drawing upon a range of evidence fromarchaeology, anthropology, religion, and politics. Primary and secondary sources include chronicles, codices, newspaper articles, and monographic work on specific regions. Arguing that Latin America's indigenous women were the critical force behind the more important events and processes of Latin America's history, Kellogg interweaves the region's history of family, sexual, and labor history with the origins of women's power in prehispanic, colonial, and modern South and Central America. Shying away from interpretations that treat women as house bound and passive, the book instead emphasizes women's long history of performing labor, being politically active, and contributing to, even supporting, family and community well-being.

Introducing the Indigenous Women of Latin America
Some Introductory Remarks
Some Useful Concepts
Some Background on Latin America's Earliest Women
Of Warriors and Working Women: Gender in Later Prehispanic Mesoamerica and the Andes
Women and Gender among Northern and Central Mexican Peoples: Parallel Organizations, Hierarchical Ideologies
The Postclassic Nudzahui: Elite Gender Complementarity
The Maya of the Classic and Postclassic Periods: The Flexible Patriarchy
The Andes: Women and Supernatural and State Power
Conclusion
Colliding Worlds: Indigenous Women, Conquest, and Colonialism
Gender, Sex, and Violence in the Conquest Era
Laboring Women: Paying Tribute, Losing Authority
Family and Religious Life: The Paradoxes of Purity and Enclosure
A Rebellious Spirit
Conclusion
With Muted Voices: Mesoamerica's Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Women
Nahua Women: Complementarity within Submissiveness
Oaxaca: Land of the "Matriarchs"?
Maya Women: Working, Weaving, Changing
Conclusion
Fighting for Survival through Political Action and Cultural Creativity: Indigenous Women in Contemporary South and Central America
Women in the Andes: Revolutionizing Tradition in the Highland Cultures of Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia
Women in the Tropical Lowlands of South America: Egalitarian Political Structures, Female Subordination, and the Fight for Cultural Survival
Indigenous Women in Central America: Searching for Empowerment in Diverse Circumstances
Conclusion
Indigenous Women: Creating Agendas for Change
Organizations Mentioned in the Text and Their Acronyms
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography

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