Colonial Kinship: Guaraní, Spaniards, And Africans In Paraguay

December 15, 2020|
Colonial Kinship: Guaraní, Spaniards, And Africans In Paraguay by Shawn Michael Austin
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Winner of the 2021 Bandelier/Lavrin Book Prize from the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies

In Colonial Kinship: Guaraní, Spaniards, and Africans in Paraguay, historian Shawn Michael Austin traces the history of conquest and colonization in Paraguay during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Emphasizing the social and cultural agency of Guaraní--one of the primary indigenous peoples of Paraguay--not only in Jesuit missions but also in colonial settlements and Indian pueblos scattered in and around the Spanish city of Asunción, Austin argues that interethnic relations and cultural change in Paraguay can only be properly understood through the Guaraní logic of kinship. In the colonial backwater of Paraguay, conquistadors were forced to marry into Guaraní families in order to acquire indigenous tributaries, thereby becoming "brothers-in-law" (tovajá) to Guaraní chieftains. This pattern of interethnic exchange infused colonial relations and institutions with Guaraní social meanings and expectations of reciprocity that forever changed Spaniards, African slaves, and their descendants. Austin demonstrates that Guaraní of diverse social and political positions actively shaped colonial society along indigenous lines.

Shawn Michael Austin is an assistant professor of history at the University of Arkansas.
Title:Colonial Kinship: Guaraní, Spaniards, And Africans In Paraguay
Product dimensions:382 pages, 6.25 X 6.25 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:382 pages, 6.25 X 6.25 X 1 in
Published:December 15, 2020
Publisher:University of New Mexico Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780826361967

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