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Susan Schroeder, Stephanie Wood, and Robert Haskett (eds.), Indian Women of Early Mexico (Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 1999), pp. x + 486, $19.95 pb.
This volume takes the reader on a most rewarding voyage of rediscovery of Indian womanhood in colonial Mexico. Covering the ground from pre-conquest times to the late eighteenth century, the editors succeed in reopening the question of the impact of colonialism on indigenous women and their families. The twelve essays penned by distinguished historians and ethnohistorians do an excellent job of contextualising and assessing the meaning of Indian womanhood.
Studies on the meaning of home, marriage and 'naming' patterns (Burkhart, Anderson, Carrasco and Horn) introduce the theme of domesticity prior to and throughout the initial stages of the conquest. They impress upon us the ways in which old …