Word of the Week: Autochthonous

As in: “This mediation between contemporary Huichols, their sacred ancestor Kauyumarie, the sun, and Spaniards through and Indianized (and feminized) Jesus challenges attempts to distinguish separate autochthonous and Christian myth cycles, as the 1930s ethnographer Robert Zingg sought to do” (Liffman, 2009, p.200). 

Liffman, P. (2009). Huichol histories and territorial claims in two national anthropology museums. In S. Sleeper-Smith (Ed.), Contesting knowledge: museums and indigenous perspectives (pp. 192-217).  Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.

For definitions of autochthonous, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.



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