This volume counters the stereotype that Indian women are without history. Neither silent nor invisible, women of early Mexico were active participants in society and critically influenced the direction history would take. This collection of essays by leading scholars in Mexican ethnohistory, edited by Susan Schroeder, Stephanie Wood, and Robert Haskett, examines the life experiences of Indian women in preconquest and colonial Mexico.
“A welcome addition to the colonial Mexican bibliography, both as a supplementary textbook for university teaching and as a scholarly resource. . . . The book’s fourteen essays are distinguished by their regional foci and cluster thematically around women in the family, inheritance, marital patterns, and sexuality as well as women’s roles as economic producers and active participants in religious movements and open rebellions in the context of Iberian colonialism.”—American Historical Review
“This volume takes the reader on a most rewarding voyage of rediscovery of Indian womanhood in colonial Mexico. . . . Without having to argue any brand of historical feminism, or strictly adhering to anyWestern theoretical conceptualization, the authors succeed in putting together a compelling array of information that both fascinates and informs.”—Journal of Latin American Studies