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Wandering Peoples: Colonialism, Ethnic Spaces, and Ecological Frontiers in Northwestern Mexico, 1700-1850 (Latin America Otherwise) Paperback – April 30, 1997

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Wandering Peoples is an example of regional history at its best. Cynthia Radding is one of the finest practitioners in the emerging field of Latin American ecological history; indeed, she is playing a major role in shaping the field. This book is an important and innovative contribution to colonial Mexican studies and will resonate with scholars working on any part of the globe who are engaged with its key themes.”—Ann Wightman, Wesleyan University


“Here, for the first time, we get an extensive treatment of the ‘ordinary’ men and women who populated the missions, presidios, mining camps, and other settlements of Sonora—they have names, identities, agendas, and complex strategies for coping with the multiple demands they face. Those specializing in other geographical areas—not just Latin Americanists—would do well to consider the concrete grounding of this working model.”—Cheryl Martin, The University of Texas, El Paso

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Cynthia Radding is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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  • Series: Latin America Otherwise
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books; First Edition edition (April 30, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822318997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822318996
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,361,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Steven Washington-Turner on August 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Reading Wandering Peoples brought to my mind a pleasant afternoon I spent several years ago traveling from San Ignacio Rio Mayo, Sonora, to Alamos, Sonora, with four Mexican friends, at least two of whom occasionally referred to themselves as Mayo Indians. We were going to Alamos because one my friends, Joel Casaraz, wanted a treatment from "Don Juanito", a "real Indian" who was famous as a "sobador" or masseuse. We developed quite a discussion as to just what it means to be "indian" in Sonora, since two of my companions considered themselves "Mayo Indians" but not "real Indians" like "Don Juanito." We wondered why certain other people we knew were "Mexicans," "real Indians" or something in between.
Our results came down to differences in life style, dress (they wore boots, he wore sandals) and language (they spoke primarily Spanish, he spoke very fluent Mayo). But they all had the same Mayo genes, were similar in appearance, and had grown up in Mayo speaking villages. Finally, Jonatan Ramirez gave the conclusion we all accepted: to really understand you've just got to know the history of these lands for the last five hundred years!
I welcome a book like Wandering Peoples for the insight it gives into that history. Someone seriously interested in the history of Sonora and its peoples will want to become acquainted with this book. There are chapters meriting study from the historian, and other chapters are more for an anthropologist. Wandering Peoples deals with the late Colonial to early National period in central and northern Sonora. Radding knows her stuff, and shows an intimate knowledge of the region and its history.
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