Comanche New Mexico: Indigenous Archives

Severin Fowles, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Barnard College, and Weatherhead Resident Scholar, SAR

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

We are accustomed to describing eighteenth century New Mexico as a Spanish colony and reading its history from this perspective. Revisionist scholarship has contested the finality of Spanish conquest, arguing that New Mexico remained (and remains) very much a pueblo world. To this pluralization of historical perspectives, we are now encouraged to add the image of a Comanche New Mexico, of a world orchestrated by equestrian warriors sweeping in from the South Plains to dominate the political and economic lives of native and non-native New Mexicans alike. What does eighteenth century New Mexico look like when it is made to orbit around a Comanche sun? Here Fowles looks to a vast array of Comanche rock art from the Taos region for answers.
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