All posts by Aimee Villarreal

Aimee Villarreal

Aimee Villarreal completed her PhD in Anthropology at the University of California at Santa Cruz in March 2014. She is currently a visiting research scholar at the Southwest Hispanic Research Center at the University of New Mexico.

Animating History and Memory

Savage Minds welcomes guest blogger Aimee Villarreal

Corn Dancers

The late Pueblo historian, Joe Sando, a member of Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico called the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 the “first American Revolution.” Although this event remains mostly unknown and may seem distant history to an outsider, the Pueblo Revolt in New Mexico is living history. It is evoked continuously today and remembered in Pueblo and Nuevomexicano communities as a seminal moment defining Pueblo autonomy and cultural sustainability. In popular culture, the Revolt is retold in historical commemorations, performed in ceremonial dances and religious celebrations, and is increasingly the inspiration for works of art. Continue reading