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History, Memory, and Querencia

Sylvia Rodriguez

in The Oxford Handbook of Southwest Archaeology

Published in print October 2017 | ISBN: 9780199978427
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190669942 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199978427.013.10

Series: Oxford Handbooks

History, Memory, and Querencia

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Archaeologists, historians, and geographers link Hispano or vecino ethnogenesis in the late eighteenth century to the occupation of a land base, while at the heart of modern Nuevomexicano identity formation is the paradoxical condition of being simultaneously dispossessed and place-based. The modern Hispano ethnoscape combines themes of land loss, displacement, and a deep longing to remain on the land, captured by the term querencia, which refers both to place and love of place. The social imaginary of a commons is central to contemporary land grant and acequia activists—long lost to land grant heirs, but still operative as a principle of water governance among community irrigation associations. Access to and control over a water source remains a key feature of Hispano as well as Pueblo traditional adaptations and modern place-based identities.

Keywords: querencia; land grant; Pueblo; activism; acequias; water

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Subjects: North American Archaeology

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