Latin America 2019

This was the homepage for Peoples and Cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean 2019. There were three required books:

  1. Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest by Matthew Restall (2004).
  2. Three Ancient Colonies: Caribbean Themes and Variations by Sidney W. Mintz (2010).
  3. A Companion to Latin American Anthropology edited by Deborah Poole (2008).

In 2023 I used similar books to teach a Latin America course with recorded YouTube lectures:

This was a course outline linked to Teaching Latin America 2019.

Creation & Conquest Myths


  • Restall, Seven Myths, “Introduction” (xiii-xix)
  • Lynn Stephen, “Reconceptualizing Latin America” (426-446)


  • Restall, Seven Myths, 1-63
  • Ana M. Alonso, “Borders, Sovereignty, and Racialization” (230-253)


  • Restall, Seven Myths, 64-130
  • Penelope Harvey, “Language States” (193-213)

Indigenous Anthropologies

  • Restall, Seven Myths, 131-145
  • Stefano Varese, Guillermo Delgado, and Rodolfo L. Meyer, “Indigenous Anthropologies beyond Barbados” (375-398)

Colonial Legacies


  • Mintz, Three Ancient Colonies, 1-43
  • Jaime Arocha and Adriana Maya, “Afro-Latin American Peoples” (399-425)


  • Mintz, Three Ancient Colonies, 44-87
  • Peter Wade, “Race in Latin America” (177-192)


  • Mintz, Three Ancient Colonies, 88-181
  • Olivia Harris, “Alterities: Kinship and Gender” (276-302)


  • Mintz, Three Ancient Colonies, 182-212
  • Linda J. Seligmann, “Agrarian Reform and Peasant Studies: The Peruvian Case” (325-351)

Nations, Anthropology, Aftermaths


  • Rossana Barragán, “Bolivia: Bridges and Chasms” (32-55)
  • Myriam Jimeno, “Colombia: Citizens and Anthropologists” (72-89)
  • Carmen Martínez Novo, “Ecuador: Militants, Priests, Technocrats, and Scholars” (90-108)


  • Mariza Peirano, “Brazil: Otherness in Context” (56-71)
  • Alcida Rita Ramos, “Disengaging Anthropology” (466-484)


  • Salomón Nahmad Sittón, “Mexico: Anthropology & the Nation State” (128-149)
  • Casey Walsh, “Statistics and Anthropology: The Mexican Case” (352-372)
  • Carlos Iván Degregori and Pablo Sandoval, “Peru: From Otherness to a Shared Diversity” (150-173)


  • Claudia Briones and Rosana Guber, “Argentina: Contagious Marginalities” (11-31)
  • Gordillo, “Places and Academic Disputes: The Argentine Gran Chaco” (447-465)


  • Victoria Sanford, “On the Frontlines: Forensic Anthropology”
  • Brigittine M. French, “Guatemala: Essentialisms and Cultural Politics”


  • Isaias Rojas Pérez, “Writing the Aftermath: Anthropology and ‘Post-Conflict’” (254-275)

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