LAS480.1 Native Peoples of Latin America: From the Past to the Present (at UAM)

Open only to students accepted to the special program Madrid Center & Liberal Arts in Spanish at UAM

Taught in Spanish. Topics include:

  1. The original matrix of the empires, states and nations of the native peoples: the Maya Empire, the Aztec Empire, the Inca Empire, and other civilizations: Teotihuacanos, Toltecs, Zapotecas, Nazca and Chimú. Religion and empire: the worldview of the American peoples and their view of the Conquest.
  2. The Colony: the resistance of the native peoples upon the arrival of the Spanish. The colonial restructuring and its effects on the native peoples. The social structure: “Indians and other castes.” The construction of stereotypes and images of the Indian during colonial times. Racism as the structural historical axis of interethnic relations.
  3. The Native Peoples in the construction of the national states. The problem of the Indian in the imagination of the intellectual elites. Political participation and demand for rights of indigenous peoples in the nineteenth century: Culture of violence and demand for justice of indigenous peoples.
  4. Interethnic relations in multiethnic and multicultural countries: Ethnic movements and the reconstitution of ethnic identities in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Mexico, Bolivia and Guatemala.
  5. The reformation of national states: From the homogeneous state to the Plural State. The ethnic movements and their demands before the state. The cases of Bolivia, Guatemala and Mexico.

Meets with  HST 380.3 and SPA 480.1.

(19029, Pueblos Originarios de América: Del Pasado al Presente)

Department: Latino-Latin American Studies

Locations: Liberal Arts at UAM, Madrid

Credits: 3