History of Latin America
Week 12: Native Americans and 'Neoliberalism'

Lecture outline
Readings: **Vargas Llosa, "Questions of Conquest" ; Subcomandante Marcos, "The Long Journey from Despair to Hope"

Quiz #3 Tuesday!!

In the mid-1990s, the Zapatistas of Chiapas, Mexico, organized autonomous communities that effectively declared their independence from the Mexican state. When the Mexican military was sent in, it was often women who confronted them directly. Above left, the community of Galeana in the autonomous community Francisco Gomez (I found this photo on an activist website here but has since been removed). Above right, a photograph from X'oyep, Chiapas, by Pedro Valtierra, published in the Mexican newspaper La Jornada, 1-17-98.

The official Zapatista website

A different, middle class and primarily mestizo movement protesting the neoliberal policies of the 1980s and '90s in Mexico: the Barzonistas (click here for their official website in Spanish).

The Guatemalan tourist board site

An interesting site by Ted Fischer, Dept. of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University, on the Kayapo of Brazil's assertion of their position in the Amazon rainforest.

I need links on Bolivia, Ecuador, and Brazil for this page -- please send me some!!!!