December 9, 2020
The UCL Institute of the Americas held a book release celebration for University of Arizona Press author Nathaniel Morris on December 2, 2020.
Soldiers, Saints, and Shamans: Indigenous Communities and the Revolutionary State in Mexico’s Gran Nayar, 1910–1940 is Morris’ first book based on his extensive archival research and years of fieldwork in the rugged and remote Gran Nayar.
Morris shows that the Náayari, Wixárika, O’dam, and Mexicanero peoples were actively involved in the armed phase of the Mexican Revolution. This participation led to serious clashes between an expansionist, “rationalist” revolutionary state and the highly autonomous communities and heterodox cultural and religious practices of the Gran Nayar’s inhabitants.