La Canoa Legacy Talks - Giving Baque: On Hemispheric Indigeneities and the Southern Border of New Mexico


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This lecture was part of the La Canoa lecture series presented by UNM's Center for Regional Studies and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Building on and departing from the work of interethnic thought leaders in New Mexico, Dr. Gregorio Gonzales considers how competing logics of settler statecraft and Native American nationhood operate in a place of both Native and nuevomexicanx led struggles for political autonomy and religious liberty. The current humanitarian crisis along New Mexico’s southern border demonstrates the urgency of Indigenous transnational existences as they transit and transgress the political integrities of settler states and tribal nations alike. Dr. Gonzales discusses the significance of New Mexico in building bridges of critical understanding and alliance inside this vital thoroughfare between Native America and Latin America.


Gregorio Gonzales is Genízaro and Comanche from the borderlands of Comanchería and Genízaro country in northern New Mexico. He is currently the 2019-2020 Riley Scholar-in-Residence in Anthropology and Southwest Studies at Colorado College. Earning his PhD from The University of Texas at Austin in 2017, Dr. Gonzales's writings have appeared in the New Mexico Magazine, Peace Review, and Red Ink, among others. As a community-engaged scholar and relative, Dr. Gonzales remains involved with the Albuquerque-based urban Indian nonprofit organization, Americans for Indian Opportunity, and continues his youth development work with relatives in the Taos and Rio Chama valleys.

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