The Ópatas: In Search of a Sonoran People

  title={The {\'O}patas: In Search of a Sonoran People},
  author={David A. Yetman},
In 1600 they were the largest, most technologically advanced indigenous group in northwest Mexico, but today, though their descendants presumably live on in Sonora, almost no one claims descent from the Opatas. The Opatas seem to have disappeared as an ethnic group, their languages forgotten except for the names of the towns, plants, and geography of the Opateria, where they lived. Why did the Opatas disappear from the historical record while their neighbors survived? David Yetman, a leading… 

Pedro de Perea and the Colonization of Sonora

In 1640 or somewhat earlier the first non-clerical Spaniards settled in Sonora and in so doing stirred up a conflict with Sonoran Indians over land rights that lasted for nearly two decades, from

"Sunt huic quouque gaudia genti". Música y danza entre los naturales, según las relaciones jesuíticas del noroeste novohispano, siglos XVII y XVIII

This paper examines ethnographic writing in the Jesuit Relations, a set of periodical reports from missionaries in Northwestern New Spain. Addressed to their religious and monarchical authorities

Northwest Mexico: The Prehistory of Sonora, Chihuahua, and Neighboring Areas

This article surveys research in Northwest Mexico (Sonora and Chihuahua), with an emphasis on the Early Agricultural period to the Late Prehistoric period. Middle range societies that are diverse in

Admixture dynamics in colonial Mexico and the genetic legacy of the Manila Galleon

The specific origin of the heterogeneous Native American ancestry in Mexico is characterized: a widespread western-central Native Mesoamerican component in northern Aridoamerican states and a central-eastern Nahua contribution in Guerrero (southern Mexico) and Veracruz to its north.

Index to Volume 65: Book Reviews

A Field Guide to the Plants and Animals of the Middle Rio Grande Bosque. Catron, Jean-Luc E., David C. Lightfoot, Jane E. Mygatt, Sandra L. Brantley, and Timothy K. Lowrey. 111 A Guide to Florida

Memory, magic and militias: Cora Indian participation in Mexico’s wars, from the reforma to the revolution (1854-1920)

  • Nathaniel Morris
  • Political Science
    Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in the Nineteenth Century
  • 2020
ABSTRACT Mexico’s Cora Indians have played an outsized role in national history, thanks to their skilful use of guerrilla tactics and success in forging strategic alliances with outside forces in

Indigenous People and Nation-State Building , 1840-1870 Indígenas y construcción del Estado-nación , 1840-1870

The article analyzes the role of the indigenous societies of Sonora in the construction of the Mexican nation-state in the 19th century. On the basis of three analytical axes (land, war and

Is Male Androphilia a Context-Dependent Cross-Cultural Universal?

The results show that male same sex behavior as well as male androphilia is much more common than previously estimated in the standard cross-cultural sample (SCCS), making an argument that male andphilia is a context-dependent cross- cultural universal.

Ethnic Militias and Insurgency in the Arizpe Intendancy

During the 16th century, the Spaniards who arrived at the territory currently known as Mexico brought with them military practices inherited from the long struggle to reconquer Spain from the Moors.