Michael Wilcox

May 22, 2010

KSFR, 101.11 FM, Santa Fe, NM

We are usually taught that disease and acculturation either took out, or caused the blending in, of Native Americans, and that the “true” Indians have been “lost.”  Not so, says professor Michael Wilcox of Stanford University’s Anthropology Department in his new book, The Pueblo Revolt. That revolt of 1680, famous to New Mexicans as the most successful revolt by indigenous populations of any in US history, had far more to do with brutality, slavery, and forced extermination of Native religions than with those more neutral causes. Here is the history of the colonization of the West revisited by a scholar who is himself a descendant of Yuma Indians.

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