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The Red Land to the SouthAmerican Indian Writers and Indigenous Mexico$
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James H. Cox

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675975

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675975.001.0001

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Revolutions before the Renaissance

(p.197) Conclusion
The Red Land to the South

James H. Cox

University of Minnesota Press

The narratives of revolutionary indigenous Mexico by Todd Downing and Lynn Riggs are a selective but compelling part of the mid-twentieth-century American Indian writing. Recognizing that the imagined Mexico of this period is not essentially revolutionary but multidimensional politically is as important as acknowledging the same about the American Indian civil rights and early renaissance era. This chapter concludes that the literary and intellectual inquiries into American Indian and indigenous Mexican life in the mid-twentieth century affirms local, tribal national, transnational, and continental modes of indigenous belonging in the Americas, and asserts the urgency and desirability of indigenous self-determination in all these contexts.

Keywords:   indigenous Mexico, Todd Downing, Lynn Riggs, American Indian writing, American Indian civil rights, renaissance era

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