Sandstrom, Alan R.. Corn is our blood: culture and ethnic identity in a contemporary Aztec Indian village

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Corn Is Our Blood

Chapter 1 Entering The Field

Background And Aims Of The Study

Anthropology And The Study Of Culture

My Introduction To The Nahuas

The Incident At Chote

The Village In The Nation And The World

Economic Development In Mexico

Chapter 2 The Village In Its Setting

Living And Working In Amatlán

The Region: “a Place Of Rich Cattle Ranchers And Gunmen”

Land And People



The Marketplaces

Regional And Village History: The Legacy Of Violence

Ethnicity And History

Chapter 3 Amatlán And Its People

The Village Layout


Who Lives In Amatlán?

Milpa Horticulture And House Gardens

Gathering, Hunting, And Fishing

Village Animals


Cash Crops And Wage Labor

Nahua Social Character

The School


Chapter 4 Social Organization And Social Action

A World Of Trails

Social Organization

The Ejido

Nahua Family And Kinship

The Domestic And Life Cycles

Stress Points In Nahua Kinship Systems

Ritual Kinship

Politics, Kinship, And The Land Question

Chapter 5 Amatlán Household Economic And Production Activities

The Household And Consumption

Production Strategies And Constraints

Production Paradoxes

The Household And Production

Decision Making In Amatlán

Chapter 6 Religion And The Nahua Universe

Ritual Specialists


Aspects Of Nahua Cosmology

The Spirit Pantheon

Concepts Of The Human Soul

Paper Spirits

Nahua Ritual Paper Images

Nahua Rituals

Curing Rituals

Ritual Sponsors And The Civil-religious Hierarchy

Costumbres And Christianity

The Costumbre Religion

Chapter 7 Ethnic Identity And Culture Change

Being An Indian

Ethnic Identity As A Strategy

Amatlan Cultural Features And The Creation Of Indian Identity

The New Amatlán

The Crisis In Indian Identity

Women's Identity In Amatlán

How Some Of The Villagers View Change

The Indian Village In Mexico: Views From Amatlán

The Village In Transition

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Corn is our blood: culture and ethnic identity in a contemporary Aztec Indian village

Published By: Original publisher Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. 1991. xxvii, 420 p., [16] p. of plates ill., maps

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by Alan R. Sandstrom

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Nahua (NU46)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Cultural identity and pride (186); Ethos (181); Cereal agriculture (243); Community structure (621); Ethnic stratification (563); Inter-ethnic relations (629); Research and development (654); Missions (797); Religious intolerance and martyrs (798); General character of religion (771); Cosmology (772); Political movements (668); Real property (423); Education system (871); Sociocultural trends (178); Acculturation and culture contact (177);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This book discusses dynamics of culture and ethnic identity among Nahua Indians who claim a direct ethnic descent from the ancient Aztecs of Mexico. It shows that the Nahua exhibit linguistic and cultural features that distinguish them from many other ethnic groups of modern Mexico, despite many years of Spanish conquest and a series of government attempts to incorporate them into the dominant Mestizo culture. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, the author identifies two broad local and national processes that accounted for this continuity. One of these concerns participation in traditional religious ceremonies which produced ancient Aztec ideas about nature and people. The other relates to the benefits villagers hoped to obtain in ethnicity (i.e., in being Indian) in the context of their desire to win land claims and access government provided social services.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 4

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nu46-004

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Journal Article

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 389-401) and index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1970-1990

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Anthropologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Teferi Abate Adem; 2008

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1970-1990

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Mexico

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Nahuas--Ethnic identity/Nahua mythology/Nahuas--Social life and customs/Villages--Mexico--Veracruz-Llave (State)--Case studies/Veracruz-Llave (Mexico : State)--Social life and customs


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