Intimate Ties

Tracy Brown

in On the Borders of Love and Power

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780520272385
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780520951341 | DOI:
Intimate Ties

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In January 1779, María Francisca and her mother, both from Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, were executed for murdering María’s husband, Augustín, originally from the pueblo of Tesuque. This chapter explores the reasons for this unusual act, arguing that the main cause was María’s inability to successfully negotiate the three conflicting kinship systems (each with its own expectations and obligations) in which she felt herself trapped: Cochiti (matrilineal), Tesuque (bilateral), and Spanish-Catholic (bilateral with a “patrilineal twist”). Many Pueblo unions were intercultural before the Spanish imposition. But the introduction of the last made for a still more complicated terrain upon which to construct harmonious marriages.

Keywords: marriage; kinship; matrilineal; patrilineal; bilateral; Pueblo; Spanish; New Mexico

Chapter.  10855 words. 

Subjects: Local and Family History

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