The Double Colonial Bind of the Pueblo Nations During Spanish and US Imperialism (1598-1905)

Antonia Carcelén, Greenleaf Visiting Scholar

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 | 03:00 pm



At the Latin American and Iberian Institute, I conduct comparative research on the double Spanish-English colonization of Pueblo nations. In this project, I explore the Pueblo comparative colonial experience as registered in the Miguel Antonio Lovato Papers (1790-1849), the New Mexico Documents Collection (1758-1876), and the Indian Affairs Collection (1684-1903). In this presentation I will present the results from the documents in the latter collection only. The manuscripts in these collections connect Indigeneity in Anglo and Spanish America bridging the gap in a single case study, though the Pueblo are hardly alone in this phenomenon of a double colonial bind, especially in New Mexico, with the most Indigenous people in the entire United States. This story of dispossession perfectly illustrates how colonialism develops legal mechanisms for dispossession of land and waterways, with documentation that even outlines the expanding lands and shrinking pay of stolen farmland and water. Dams and canals make the genocide and the ecocide evident. I believe my archival research and comparative analysis of Spanish and Commonwealth imperialism in dialogue with the double bind colonialism of the Pueblo Nation to the Viceroyalty of Mexico as Indians of New Mexico and to the genocidal advance of the United States from 1848 to 1905, and onward, will to flesh out this overlapping history of an early Spanish colonialism and its reconfiguration after the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo (1848). In the context of Wounded Knee, I set the Pueblo fight for land and water in intercultural dialogue with the Navajo and the Dakota nations in the corridor, as is also apparent in the documentation examined.


This event is free and open to the public.