Land Uprising
272 pages, 6 x 9
12 b&w illustrations, 1 map
Release Date:31 Mar 2020

Land Uprising

Native Story Power and the Insurgent Horizons of Latinx Indigeneity

The University of Arizona Press
Land Uprising reframes Indigenous land reclamation as a horizon to decolonize the settler colonial conditions of literary, intellectual, and activist labor. Simón Ventura Trujillo argues that land provides grounding for rethinking the connection between Native storytelling practices and Latinx racialization across overlapping colonial and nation-state forms.

Trujillo situates his inquiry in the cultural production of La Alianza Federal de Mercedes, a formative yet understudied organization of the Chicanx movement of the 1960s and 1970s. La Alianza sought to recover Mexican and Spanish land grants in New Mexico that had been dispossessed after the Mexican-American War. During graduate school, Trujillo realized that his grandparents were activists in La Alianza. Written in response to this discovery, Land Uprising bridges La Alianza’s insurgency and New Mexican land grant struggles to the writings of Leslie Marmon Silko, Ana Castillo, Simon Ortiz, and the Zapatista Uprising in Chiapas, Mexico. In doing so, the book reveals uncanny connections between Chicanx, Latinx, Latin American, and Native American and Indigenous studies to grapple with Native land reclamation as the future horizon for Chicanx and Latinx indigeneities.
Land Uprising is a pathbreaking interrogation of struggles for reclamation of Indigenous lands from Chiapas to New Mexico that importantly grounds and recenters ‘mestizaje’ debates in the land itself. Through a focus on the intersections of Pueblo, Indohispano, Chicana, and Zapatista story power, Land Uprising unsettles existing scholarship on race and indigeneity across different (settler) colonial and modern nation-state formations and provides a fresh perspective that counters epistemologies of Indigenous erasure.”—Roberto D. Hernández, author of Coloniality of the U-S///Mexico Border: Power, Violence, and the Decolonial Imperative

“Trujillo provides an insightful analysis of the importance of land in Chicano movement politics and decolonial activism.”—Yvette J. Saavedra, author of Pasadena Before the Roses: Race, Identity, and Land Use in Southern California, 1771–1890


Simón Ventura Trujillo is an assistant professor of Latinx studies in the Department of English at New York University. His research and teaching dwell on the intersections between Chicanx and Indigenous literary and cultural studies within broader matrices of U.S. multiethnic literatures. His work has appeared in journals such as Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studiesand the Journal of Critical Ethnic Studies.

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