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- DescriptionSince the 1930s, government claims and popular thought within El Salvador have held that the country longer holds any Indian population. This book explores why this claim has endured despite the existence of substantial indigeus communities within the country's territory. Drawing on history, anthropology, and archaeology, Virginia Tilley delves into the history of Salvadoran racial thought and nation-building to illuminate the political motives for eradicating Indians from the country's national consciousness. Part I draws from the author's own ethgraphic research in El Salvador and Guatemala to show how 'Indian-ness' has persisted, in contested forms, within El Salvador. Part II traces how the Salvadoran definition of being Indian has been altered to fit within the country's desired image as a racially unified society -- and to erase Indians from public records after 1932. The author explains in Part III the motives driving the myth of Indian disappearance and ends with a look at the debate that raged in the 1990s regarding El Salvador's indigeus peoples' attempts to express themselves politically. As Tilley tes, the transnational indigeus rights movement, translated into potent funding leverage by n-indigeus dor agencies, has actually generated new difficulties for the Salvador indigeus communities and their movements for national recognition by erecting new standards for 'being Indian' that clash with older ideas and local experience.
- Author BiographyVirginia Q Tilley is associate professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York. Among her specialisations are ethnic conflict and indigenous peoples and race relations in Latin America.
- Author(s)Virginia Q. Tilley
- PublisherUniversity of New Mexico Press
- Date of Publication15/12/2005
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationAlbuquerque, NM
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of New Mexico Press
- Content Note18 b/w photos & 2 maps
- Weight535 g
- Width155 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine24 mm
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