Klinton Burgio-Ericson, postdoctoral fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, and SAR’s 2021 Mellon fellow.
Contrary to popular belief, early colonial missions in New Mexico were not cloistered retreats for the Spanish missionaries who hoped to convert Pueblo Indians to Christianity. Rather, missions were living and working places made up of mixed households of mendicant friars and coerced Indigenous laborers, through whom traces of Pueblo cosmology, belief, cuisine, and practices became entangled with Spanish culture. In the architectural forms and practices of their missions, friars invoked millenarian and monastic ideals, while Pueblo peoples persevered in conceiving of their towns as sacred centers in an animate world. Drawing upon primary sources, oral histories, archaeological evidence, and comparative analysis, Burgio-Ericson considers the intersections of ritual and everyday life in seventeenth-century New Mexico by focusing on a Franciscan mission at the ancestral Zuni town of Hawikku Pueblo. His research illuminates an understudied yet foundational chapter of American history, emphasizing the crucial role of Native and Latinx people in shaping the contested nature of today’s society.
This event is part of the 2021 fall scholar colloquia series.
Each year, incoming resident scholars introduce their work to the SAR community through a presentation and Q&A. This year’s talks are hosted online and continue to be free and open to the public. Registration is required.
See the full series here.
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