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Po'Pay: Leader of the First American Revolution

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Po?pay: Leader of the First American Revolution chronicles the history of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 and its leader, Po?pay, with commentaries on the historical and cultural importance of these events. Drawing on their oral history and using their own words, the Pueblo writers discuss for the first time the history and importance of Po?pay, the illustrious San Juan Pueblo I ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published October 10th 2005 by Clear Light Publishing (first published September 1st 2005)
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Ike Rakiecki
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book focused on Po'Pay, a Native American who organized and led the Pueblo Revolt in 1680. The Pueblo Revolt temporarily ousted Spanish colonialists from various communities in the Southwest. It was an interesting read but I wish it gone into more of the details of the revolt and the events leading up to it. A strength of the book was the variety of topics that the essays covered. I would definitely like to read more about Po'Pay and his involvement as a Puebloan leader.
Jon
Jul 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
A collaborative work from Rio Grande pueblo village members. The perspective is largely from words translated or derived from historical Spanish, Mexican and US Government documentation from that era. Also appears to be a rough regurgitation of translated documents from Spanish archives. Very little critical thought appears to be written into this book. The exception is the piece by Joe Suina. Also, the book is absent of the Hopi perspective whom did take part in this rebellion. As this book app ...more
Patrick Gibson
Feb 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who love western folklore
Shelves: history, the_west
I ducked into the authors tent at last summers Indian Market to get an autographed copy. I should have read the book first. It’s not going to have much value for me because it is poorly written and uninteresting—considering the subject matter. This narrative spends a lot of time discussing political, historical and artistic merits of the statue that went to the Capital Rotunda. My expectations were obviously different since I feel the great book on the Indian revolt has yet to be written. It’s n ...more
John Branney
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I bought this as a research book for my next novel about the introduction of the horse to Native Americans. I wanted to know more about the Pueblo Revolt in New Mexico since that was where the Pueblos, Apaches, and Navahos acquired many of their horses.

The book was a series of essays that covered the reasons why the revolt took place, but very little about the details of the conflict. This was not much help to me. I needed details on the revolt itself.

Still a good read. One thumb up.
Caryl
Jun 13, 2010 rated it liked it
I read this book to prep for the Landmarks of America workshop in Santa Fe New Mexico.
Mark
Apr 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Having just spent the week with the Cochiti, this is a great read.
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