Sı Eres Genízaro: Recognition, Belonging, and Genízaro Indigeneity in Northern New Mexico

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

Gregorio GonzalesGregorio GonzalesGregorio Gonzales

Gregorio Gonzales, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, and Lamon Resident Scholar, SAR

Whether serving as the corporeal buffer zones between Native and colonial modes of power as Indigenous slaves, settlers, or military scouts, Genízaro communities continue to be recognized for their historical presence in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and their absence from the region today. Yet in the Rio Chama and Taos valleys, individuals, families, and communities maintain Genízaro identity as a continued experience. Blending archival and ethnographic research with innovative theoretical and methodological frameworks, this colloquium presentation will attend to particular histories and experiences of Genízaro social life within the Pueblo de Abiquiú and Ranchos de Taos. Through this critical work, Gonzales will explore how community-based articulations of Genízaro identity continue to navigate the racial geographies and national imaginaries of northern New Mexico and beyond.

Videography by John Sadd.

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