The Return of the Native: Indians and Myth-Making in Spanish America 1810–1930

TitleThe Return of the Native: Indians and Myth-Making in Spanish America 1810–1930
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsEarle, Rebecca
Number of Pages367
PublisherDuke University Press
CityDurham, NC
Abstract

Rebecca Earle examines the place of preconquest peoples such as the Aztecs and the Incas within the sense of identity--both personal and national--expressed by Spanish American elites in the first century after independence, a time of intense focus on nation-building. Starting with the anti-Spanish wars of independence in the early nineteenth century, Earle charts the changing importance elite nationalists ascribed to the pre-Columbian past through an analysis of a wide range of sources, including historical writings, poems and novels, postage stamps, constitutions, and public sculpture. This eclectic archive illuminates the nationalist vision of creole elites throughout Spanish America, who in different ways sought to construct meaningful national myths and histories. 

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