Indigenismo and Inter-ethnic Alliances in Latin America

LAS 4935
SECTION 3400, CLASS #27357
LAS 6938
SECTION 1133, CLASS #13909

Day: Tuesdays
1:55 - 4:55 pm
Location: Grinter 376


Course description

This course examines “indigenismo,” a complex current of public policy, thought and art that emerges in the early 20th century in Latin America and that addresses the native (indigenous) population of the region. Indigenista thought and policy was typically elaborated by non-Indians about, or for, indigenous people. Indigenistas conceived of these ideas as anti-racist and friendly attempts to improve the standards of living of the indigenous population or as a means to conduct a more encompassing social critique. But indigenismo is crisscrossed by many tensions, because individuals from the colonizer group represent and speak for the colonized. This class examines the comparative history of indigenismo in Latin America and how the past shapes inter-ethnic alliances in the present. It also addresses the state, liberation and inculturation theology, indigenista intellectuals and artists, the relationship of indigenous organizations to the political Left and the work of non-governmental organizations.


Carmen Martinez Novo smallCarmen Martínez Novo
Center for Latin American Studies
Department of Anthropology
Grinter 382
Tel: 352-273-4716

Research Interests

Race and ethnicity, political anthropology, indigenous politics and rights, political ecology, anthropology of the state and elites, “study up” and collaborative methodologies

Geographic Expertise

Ecuador, Andes, Amazon, Mexico