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Working with the Ejido: Negotiating Archaeology and Local Politics in Michoacán, Mexico

Author(s): Rodrigo Solinis-Casparius ; Florencia Pezzutti ; Anna S. Cohen ; Christopher T. Fisher

Year: 2015

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Ejido communities became common after the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) as a way of dividing land and leadership among an equal number of individuals. The Ejido of Fontezuelas in the eastern Lake Pátzcuaro Basin, Michoacán, controls the rugged landform known as the Classic through Postclassic period (AD 200-1521) site of Angamuco. Since 2009, the Legacies of Resilience Project has negotiated and worked with Fontezuelas community members. Here we discuss some of the obstacles that we encountered including intra-Ejido politics and inter-community land use relations. Our discussion is situated within the volatile political situation in western Mexico in recent years.

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Working with the Ejido: Negotiating Archaeology and Local Politics in Michoacán, Mexico. Rodrigo Solinis-Casparius, Anna S. Cohen, Florencia Pezzutti, Christopher T. Fisher. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397216)


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min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America