Captives and Cousins Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands
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Description: This sweeping, richly evocative study examines the origins and legacies of a flourishing captive exchange economy within and among native American and Euramerican communities throughout the Southwest Borderlands from the Spanish colonial era to the end of the nineteenth century. Indigenous and colonial traditions of capture, servitude, and kinship met and meshed in the borderlands, forming a "slave system" in which victims symbolized social wealth, performed services for their masters, and produced material goods under the threat of violence. Slave and livestock raiding and trading among Apaches, Comanches, Kiowas, Navajos, Utes, and Spaniards provided labor resources, redistributed wealth, and fostered kin connections that integrated disparate and antagonistic groups even as these practices renewed cycles of violence and warfare. Always attentive to the corrosive effects of the "slave trade" on Indian and colonial societies, the book also explores slavery's centrality in intercultural trade, alliances, and "communities of interest" among groups often antagonistic to Spanish, Mexican, and American modernizing strategies. The extension of the moral and military campaigns of the American Civil War to the Southwest in a regional "war against slavery" brought differing forms of social stability but cost local communities much of their economic vitality and cultural flexibility.
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List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 5/14/2002
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
|List of Maps, Illustrations, and Tables|
|Violence, Exchange, and the Honor of Men|
|Los Llaneros: Creating a Plains Borderland|
|Los Pastores: Creating a Pastoral Borderland|
|Los Montaneses: Traversing Borderlands|
|Elaborating the Plains Borderlands|
|Commerce, Kinship, and Coercion|
|Peaks and Valleys: The Borderlands Speak|
|Closer and Closer Apart|
|Epilogue: Refugio Gurriola Martinez|
|Glossary of Spanish and Native American Terms|
|Navajo Livestock and Captive Raids, 1780-1864|
|New Mexican Livestock and Captive Raids, 1780-1864|
|New Mexican Peonage and Slavery Hearings, 1868|