Seeking Strength and Protection: Tewa Mobility during the Pueblo Revolt Period

Author(s): Joseph Aguilar; Robert Preucel

Year: 2017


The Pueblo Revolt period (1680-1700) was a time of considerable social unrest and instability for Pueblo Indian people. The return of the Spaniards twelve years after the 1680 revolt required new strategies of resistance. Mobility became a key form of resistance and, the Tewa world in particular, provided a landscape in which pueblo communities could seek the strength and protection to survive. Many families left their home villages and took refuge with their relatives on mesa villages and in isolated mountain camps. In some cases, Pueblo leaders sent their women and children away for safety and security. In this paper, we consider mobility among the the Tewa people, across their landscape during the Spanish Reconquest, as resistance strategy. Particular attention will be paid to the mobility strategies of San Ildefonso Pueblo to mesatop and upland areas during the reconquest.

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Seeking Strength and Protection: Tewa Mobility during the Pueblo Revolt Period. Joseph Aguilar, Robert Preucel. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431243)


Pueblo Southwest

Geographic Keywords
North America - Southwest

Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 15359