“The Slayer of Victorio Bears His Honors Quietly”

Julia O'Hara

in Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034874
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038438 | DOI:
“The Slayer of Victorio Bears His Honors Quietly”

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This chapter explores the participation of Tarahumara Indians in the Mexican military during the Apache wars, and reflects on the meaning of the silence and ambiguity—pervasive not only in the immediate aftermath of the conflict but also in present-day narratives and commemorations—surrounding the collective memory of their participation. During the Apache wars, Tarahumara service on the battlefield frequently presented an exception to the racial ideologies of everyday life. Yet history and memory in northern Mexico have struggled to make sense of this unique field of interaction among non-Indians and Indians, whether Tarahumaras, Apaches, or others—a struggle that continues to shape debates over race, national identity, and the “Indian question” to the present day.

Keywords: Tarahumara Indians; Mexican military; Apache wars; battlefield; national identity; Indian question

Chapter.  7797 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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