Vecino Archaeology and the Politics of Play in New Mexico, USA

B. Sunday Eiselt

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Childhood

Published in print May 2018 | ISBN: 9780199670697
Published online June 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191860782 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Vecino Archaeology and the Politics of Play in New Mexico, USA

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In the discussion that follows, I explore the effects of modernity on Hispano (Vecino) children on the Ranchos de Taos Plaza in northern New Mexico (United States of America) from the late 1800s American invasion of the Southwest up to the present infiltration of the village by tourists and travellers. Data are derived from archaeological excavations and survey at two households in the St Francis of Assisi Parish that have been continuously occupied by one extended family, the Tafoyas, for more than a century. The temporal distributions of toys and other childcare products are charted and related to major social changes in the village over four successive phases; Village, Vintage, Retro, and Contemporary. The potential influence of globalization and modernity on children’s lives and identities is revealed within the context of this largely indigenous and Spanish-speaking community.

Keywords: modernity; globalization; New Mexico; Vecino; childhood; toy; household; family; identity

Article.  5809 words. 

Subjects: North American Archaeology

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