History, power, and identity: ethnogenesis in the Americas, by Jonathan D. Hill PDF

By Jonathan D. Hill

For the earlier 5 centuries, indigenous and African American groups during the Americas have sought to keep up and recreate enduring identities lower than stipulations of radical switch and discontinuity. The essays during this groundbreaking quantity record this cultural activity—this ethnogenesis—within and opposed to the wider contexts of domination; the authors concurrently surround the entanglements of neighborhood groups within the webs of nationwide and international strength kinfolk in addition to people's exact skills to realize keep watch over over their historical past and id. through defining ethnogenesis because the synthesis of people's cultural and political struggles, heritage, energy, and identification breaks out of the implicit distinction among remoted neighborhood cultures and dynamic worldwide historical past. From the northeastern plains of North the United States to Amazonia, colonial and self sustaining states within the Americas interacted with immense multilingual and multicultural networks, leading to the old emergence of recent ethnic identities and the disappearance of many prior ones. the significance of African, indigenous American, and eu religions, myths, and emblems, as historic cornerstones in the development of recent ethnic identities, emerges as one of many imperative issues of this convincing assortment.

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Urban and Sherzer recognize the fact that nation-state is a culturally specific concept of political organization that has an ambivalent relationship to cultural differences. ' The concept is a European invention" (1992: 12). However, just when Urban and Sherzer approach the brink of addressing the relations between states and indigenous peoples in a more complex, historical manner, they revert back to asserting that "a most fruitful way to conceive of the emergent quality of nation-state and Indian relationships is in terms of a continuum from Indian population to ethnic group'' (1992: 1213).

In the region north of the Missouri River, Cree, Ojibwa, and Assiniboin peoples entered into many different types of interethnic formation during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. S. trade (see Albers, this volume). S. and Canadian military campaigns and subsequent treaties during the 1860s and 1870s did ethnonyms such as Cree and Ojibwa become concretized and associated with specific territories. , without official trust status in the United States) "because their hybridized ethnic backgrounds and identities did not match the picture of the policymakers, which was based largely on a notion of tribal blocs with exclusive memberships and territories" (Albers, this volume).

Except for greater emphasis on firearms, the terms of exchange were very similar to the payments that the Dutch slave traders had offered to Carib mercenaries during the early colonial period. "An infant costs the value of an American knife; a six-year-old girl is valued at one saber and sometimes an axe; an adult man and woman reached the price of one rifle" (Landaburu and Piñeda Camacho 1984: 27, translation mine). Although the trade in indigenous American slaves differed in many important ways from the massive African slave trade, both indigenous and Afro-American peoples suffered the same reduction to subhuman status in colonial America.

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