King Tiger: The Religious Vision of Reies Lopez Tijerina
By: Rudy V Busto (author)Hardback
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Throughout his career in New Mexican land grant politics, Reies Tijerina frequently used this fable to inspire persistence in the face of impossible odds. As the leader of a grassroots Hispano land rights organisation, the Alianza Federal de Mercedes Reales (The Federal Alliance of Land Grants), Tijerina has made an indelible imprint on New Mexico's Hispano culture. 'King Tiger' details Tijerina's life and efforts -- those real, rumoured, and mythologised -- in the first systematic study of the origin of his political ideas. Rudy Busto shows how one of Tijerina's particularly powerful mystical visions led him to northern New Mexico to fight to restore land to those who lost it during various nineteenth-century land grant title conflicts. More than three decades after the infamous Tierra Amarilla County courthouse raid, Tijerina remains an important touchstone for all New Mexicans. In his life and activism are found the interdependent issues of land, water, language, economic development, sovereignty, political power, and rights to cultural formation in the Southwest.
Rudy V Busto
Introduction; Contested Terrain; Revealing King Tiger; Clean Before God; Valle de Paz: Texts, Visions and Landscapes; A Struggle for Voice; A Continuing Vision; Index.
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