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Recognizing Heritage: The Politics of Multiculturalism in New Mexico

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In 2006 Congress established the Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area to recognize the four-hundred-year “coexistence” of Spanish and Indian peoples in New Mexico and their place in the United States. National heritage areas enable local communities to partner with the federal government to promote historic preservation, cultural conservation, and economic development. Recognizing Heritage explores the social, political, and historical context of this and other public efforts to interpret and preserve Native American and Hispanic heritage in northern New Mexico.
 
The federal governments recognition of New Mexicos cultural distinctiveness contrasts sharply with its earlier efforts to wipe out Indian and Hispanic cultures. Yet even celebrations of cultural difference can reinforce colonial hierarchies. Multiculturalism and colonialism have overlapped in New Mexico since the nineteenth century, when Anglo-American colonists began promoting the regions unique cultures and exotic images to tourists. Thomas H. Guthrie analyzes the relationship between heritage preservation and ongoing struggles over land, water, and identity resulting from American colonization. He uses four sites within the heritage area to illustrate the unintentional colonial effects of multiculturalism: a history and anthropology museum, an Indian art market, a “tricultural” commemorative plaza, and a mountain village famous for its adobe architecture. Recognizing Heritage critiques the politics of recognition and suggests steps toward a more just multiculturalism that fundamentally challenges colonial inequalities.

About the Author

Thomas H. Guthrie is an associate professor of sociology and anthropology at Guilford College. His articles have appeared in International Journal of Heritage Studies, CRM: The Journal of Heritage Stewardship, and Ethnohistory.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803249790
Subtitle:
The Politics of Multiculturalism in New Mexico
Author:
Guthrie, Thomas H.
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20131201
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
26 photographs, 2 drawings, 1 map, 1 app
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » World History » General

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