By Ethelia Ruiz Medrano
A wealthy and unique account of indigenous background in significant and southern Mexico from the 16th to the twenty-first centuries, Mexico's Indigenous Communities is an expansive paintings that destroys the proposal that Indians have been sufferers of forces past their regulate and at the present time have little reference to their historical earlier. Indian groups proceed to recollect and inform their very own neighborhood histories, convalescing and rewriting types in their previous in gentle in their lived current. Ethelia Ruiz Medrano makes a speciality of a sequence of person instances, falling inside of successive historic epochs, that illustrates how the perform of drawing up and maintaining historic records - specifically, maps, oral debts, and painted manuscripts - has been a choosing think about the heritage of Mexico's Indian groups for various reasons, together with the numerous factor of land and its rightful possession. because the 16th century, various Indian pueblos have provided colonial and nationwide courts with old facts that defends their landholdings. due to its sweeping scope, groundbreaking learn, and the author's intimate wisdom of particular groups, Mexico's Indigenous Communities is a distinct and unprecedented contribution to Mexican historical past. it's going to entice scholars and experts of historical past, indigenous stories, ethnohistory, and anthropology of Latin the USA and Mexico.
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15 The Texcocan justice system enabled its authorities to maintain control over both a diverse range of ethnic groups and a considerable number of local rulers who governed smaller political units. 16 In this context, Motolinía provides further information with respect to Texcoco’s judges and judicial system, noting that both Nezahualcoyotl and his son, Nezahualpilli, enjoyed sufficient political strength to issue a great number of laws designed to ensure that order prevailed within their domain.
At the same time, local differences undoubtedly existed within the general scheme. 15 Historical Background One central fact, however, deserves special emphasis; namely, that the system rested at bottom on the power of the ruling class, creating an arrangement in which justice was administered one way for the nobles and another way for the common people. As observed earlier, though, the system also operated horizontally, so that justice was also served across and within different groupings and divisions of indigenous society, such as the local ward of the community in which a person lived.
One such example, from the early colonial period, is the case brought in 1532 by the tlatoque of Amecameca, Don Juan Tezoampan and Don Thomas Tenango, who requested that several pueblos of dependent status be divided between them. 2, the manuscripts they offered the audiencia contain a list of the pueblos, with their place names represented by glyphs, and both tlatoque appear with their personal names in glyph, accompanied by their wives. 2 Reproduction, no. 26 (no. 5 in Glass and Robertson 1975).