Rinconcitos Brujos

savage-america:

1711 Manuel Arellano - Rendition of a Chichimeca, a Native of the Province of Parral

In missionary theater, Chichimecs came to stand for Spanish fears and therefore everything the sedentary Central Mexican tribes should reject…Chichimecs were savages, for they appeared to live in “unstructured groups with no means of exchange, no communication (conversacion) with other groups, no identifiable social organization and no material culture.” Chichimecs threatened Spanish expansion at New Spain’s northern frontier. Said to “infest” the roads surrounding Spanish towns and to attack “with inhuman strength,” they moved about “invisibly, like elves (duendes)”, assaulting churches and priests, Spanish settlers, and the “domestic” Indians and blacks who accompanied them to the region. Colonial officials rendered Chichimecs as “barbarous” indians (indios barbaros) and cancerous sores on the body politic. Settlers felt free to enslave Chichimecs long after Indian emancipation.

Laura A Lewis, Hall of Mirrors: Power, Witchcraft, and Caste in Colonial Mexico (Duke University Press 2003)

savage-america:

1711 Manuel Arellano - Rendition of a Chichimeca, a Native of the Province of Parral

In missionary theater, Chichimecs came to stand for Spanish fears and therefore everything the sedentary Central Mexican tribes should reject…Chichimecs were savages, for they appeared to live in “unstructured groups with no means of exchange, no communication (conversacion) with other groups, no identifiable social organization and no material culture.” Chichimecs threatened Spanish expansion at New Spain’s northern frontier. Said to “infest” the roads surrounding Spanish towns and to attack “with inhuman strength,” they moved about “invisibly, like elves (duendes)”, assaulting churches and priests, Spanish settlers, and the “domestic” Indians and blacks who accompanied them to the region. Colonial officials rendered Chichimecs as “barbarous” indians (indios barbaros) and cancerous sores on the body politic. Settlers felt free to enslave Chichimecs long after Indian emancipation.

Laura A Lewis, Hall of Mirrors: Power, Witchcraft, and Caste in Colonial Mexico (Duke University Press 2003)

(vía love-of-history)

ancientart:

The Bushmans Kloof rock art site in the Cederberg region of South Africa.

Recently awarded the status of a South African National Heritage Site, Bushmans Kloof contains over 130 rock art sites, some of which date to 10,000 years before present.

Stained with oxide pigments, these rocks depict the spiritual and cultural legacy of the San (also known as Bushmen), who have lived in these mountains for some 120,000 years. A particular point of interest about this rock art for some is the depictions of about 30 Cape mountain zebra, which are today endangered, with only about 1,200 remaining worldwide. Antelopes such as the eland, black wildebeest, and springbok are also depicted.

Recommended reading & food for thought: ‘Access to Rock Art Sites: A Right or a Qualification?’ By Ndukuyakhe Ndlovu iThe South African Archaeological Bulletin, Vol. 64, No. 189 (JUNE 2009), pp. 61-68

Photos taken by mlaaker. The contrast and tone of the original images have been readjusted. 

(vía vintagegal)