In the 19th century, the Comanche and Apache violently interrupted the imposition of national boundaries on their territories, challenging their racial inscription. As an effect of these indigenous interventions, the racial geographies of Mexico and U.S. were formed, colluding in the production of an indio bárbaro of the border region, exiled from the scene of both nations. Though exiled from the Mexican nation, the indio bárbaro was central to the formation of Mexican liberalism. This talk reviews the geneology of the indio bárbaro to consider how the scalping of Apaches and Comanches paradoxically enabled the production of a racially inclusive Mexico and how the indio bárbaro continues to haunt the borderlands today.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Eflyer-Saldana Portillo 8 Oct 12