© 2006

Being Indian in Hueyapan

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Judith Friedlander
    Pages 1-6
  3. Judith Friedlander
    Pages 7-29
  4. Judith Friedlander
    Pages 31-52
  5. Judith Friedlander
    Pages 53-65
  6. Judith Friedlander
    Pages 95-121
  7. Judith Friedlander
    Pages 157-176
  8. Judith Friedlander
    Pages 177-180
  9. Judith Friedlander
    Pages 181-223
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 225-287

About this book


In this revised and updated edition, Judith Friedlander places her widely acclaimed work in historical context. The book describes the lives of the inhabitants of an indigenous pueblo during the late 1960s and early 1970s and analyzes the ways that Indians like them have been discriminated against since early colonial times.


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About the authors

Since 1972, Judith Friedlander has taught Anthropology at SUNY Purchase, Hunter College/the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the New School for Social Research.She has also served as an academic dean at these three institutions, most recently as dean of arts and sciences at Hunter College..

Bibliographic information


'When I read this book in a graduate seminar in 1982, it provoked passionate debate and critical engagement. How to gauge the cumulative ideological influence of colonialism, state building, and other powerful forces on the meaning of Indianness, and the socio-economic place of indigenous peoples, in Mexico? How to fully register this influence, without neglecting the generative processes of indigenous self-making and resistance? Especially with the new final chapter on neoliberal multiculturalism, Friedlander's answers to these questions are just as provocative, timely and vital to consider now as they were 25 years ago. There is no higher praise that can be bestowed on social science research than to affirm its longevity, its ability to link empirical particularity to the enduring, big picture problems of our times. Being Indian in Hueyapan is richly deserving of this praise.' - Charles R. Hale, University of Texas at Austin; President of the Latin American Studies Association 2006-07

'This is a very instructive book on one of Mexico's old, poor, now mostly trashed villages, the kind that urbane Mexicans keep reinventing as 'Indian,' or 'indigenous,' and keep exploiting however they can. In a poignant revision it combines the author's original work of 1969-70 (when she was 25), her mature reflections on her work and the village now, particularly the family she loved there and its new generations, and her critical take on self-serving anthropology, American and Mexican. It carries sharp, strong arguments about the meaning of 'being Indian,' or 'indigenous,' and the confusion in Mexico (but not only there) over nationalism, ethnicity, belonging, and alienation, 35 years ago and now. It makes you see power's continual resort to 'culture' to justify exploitation.' -John Womack, Harvard University