When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away by Rámon A. Gutiérrez

When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away

This social history of one remote corner of Spain's colonial American empire uses marriage as a window into intimate social relations, examining the Spanish conquest of America and its impact on a group of indigenous peoples, the Pueblo Indians, seen in large part from their point of view.

Details When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away

TitleWhen Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away
Release DateJan 1st, 1991
PublisherStanford University Press
GenreHistory, North American Hi..., American History, Anthropology, Native American History, Gender, Nonfiction, Family, The Americas, Textbooks, Academic, Grad School

Reviews When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away

  • Peter
    Ramon Gutierrez states that his intent is to give voice to the Pueblo Indians who inhabited the land that is now New Mexico. He builds his social history around the institution of marriage and argues that it was through marriage and sexuality that the people who encountered each other in New Mexico beginning in the 16th Century structured their relationships. Although the book is generally well written, it falls apart on even cursory examination ...
  • John
    I regularly recommend the book to anyone who visits New Mexico. Despite the academic title, it’s an easy read that quickly covers the 500 years of the state’s recorded history. For the native, it’s especially funny, as the same 20 or so families are still there, all still squabbling over a not-really-valuable patch of dirt. For the visitor, the book explains what lies beneath the image so relentlessly marketed and sold by the locals.
  • Matt Shake
    A controversial book (as far as obscure historical literature goes), the author writes about how sex and marriage helped the Spaniards to--I guess you could say--"infiltrate" Pueblo Indian society. I guess that, sadly enough, any time any one writes about sex (even in the most level-headed way) you're going to offend someone. At any rate, I thought it was an interesting idea.
  • Socraticgadfly
    This book would be fairly good, but not more than that, without a few historical errors in the introduction that undercut its authority.I'll get to those in a minute.First, as one other reviewer notes, most of the "viewing" of the Puebloans is done through Spanish eyes. Can we be sure of that accuracy? (In the intro, Gutiérrez admits we still have a lot to work out about Puebloan prehistory.)Second, yes, sexuality between different cultures has ...
  • Chelsee
    I didn't find this book incredibly useful as a historical resource. The author focuses too much on the celibacy of priests and draws sexual conclusions from inoculous doctrine. This book did provide a good general background for the Pueblo Indians, but did not use his sources in a reliable way. I would not reccomend this book.
  • Mykle Law
    Not of fantastic readability-- but his claims are really interesting, and that makes up for some of that. There are a few places that seem to get passed over-- like where he mentions that the Pueblo had slaves before the Spanish arrived-- but doesn't discuss that in the least, even to say that there is little record of it.
  • Kent
    This book is mistitled. It is much more a history of Spain's New Mexico colony than it is about marriage and sexuality. Although there is some interesting arguments made about the importance of marriage laws and societal change from the Native American ways of life to the Spanish, too much of this just becomes statistics that are too much to comprehend at the end of the lengthy book.
  • Nicolas Shump
    An award-winning history of the relationships in colonial New Mexico between the indigenous Pueblos and the Spanish Franciscan priests who came to "Christianize" them. Gutierrez did a prodigious amount of research for this book, but many Native American scholars had issues with his methodology.
  • Zoë
    Being from New Mexico, this book was an eye opener. I thought that I knew my state's history, but I absolutely had a skewed perception (text book version). Anyway, this is a really interesting book, whether you're into New Mexican or Latino History, or if you're interested in cultural syncretism.
  • Beth
    Incredibly interesting look at the encounter between the Pueblo Indians and the Spanish in New Mexico. Highly detailed and cogent analysis of the role of marriage in determining power relationships within society.
  • Carla
    I really enjoyed this book, even though it was used for a class of mine. However, all the statistics and tables/charts in it lost me a few times I still found it to be incredibly informative and an easy read.
  • Michael
    Read for a class very long time ago and felt it a bit pretentious but it introduce some different points of view and isn't that good thing.
  • Petra
    You just have to love the title!
  • Antonio De Cunzo
    Slightly repetitive, but relatively well researched. I had hoped it would focus more on Puebloan interactions with Christianity.
  • Wesley Redfield
    While the writing is a bit academic and obtuse, the book takes a major step is shattering the myth of the benefits of Spanish missions.