Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Pueblo Revolt 1680
For years I had a Pueblo Revolt Poster hung on the wall. It was great to read how the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico and Arizona drove the Spanish missionaries out of their homes back in 1680. Of course, most of the missionaries returned with troops to back them up, but to this day the Hopi villages remain firmly in Hopi hands.
Not that the missionaries were all bad. There were reports that some of the missionaries integrated themselves so fully in the pueblo communities that they came under fire by regional Spanish authorities. They helped to preserve some of the rich heritage in accounts they put together. Yet, the Hopi and other Pueblo Indians continue to shun these accounts, preferring to draw on their own oral history instead.
Here's one of the more recent books on the subject. And, here's an account at the time, written as a letter by Governor and Captain-General, Don Antonio de Otermin, from New Mexico.