the production of history or Morales history as Curenda discuss the controversy

The production of history or morales history as

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the production of history or Morales’ “history as Curenda”, discuss the controversy over Onate statue in New Mexico. Give examples from reading and lectures throughout your response. Some view the Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate as an intrepid explorer and an entrepreneur. Others see him as a cruel conqueror. The bronze statue of Oñate raised anew the controversy surrounding "The Last Conquistador" and his actions. Many view the statue as public recognition of the Hispanic contribution to the building of the American West and believe that Oñate played a key role to that expansion, so far as to claim that he himself brought Christianity and Western culture. However, among his accomplishments, Oñate is arguably the first person to bring genocide to North America. Truillot’s article, particularly its third instance about fact retrieval, provides great insight into the controversy over Onate Statue. The silence within the story behind that statue manifests as only certain narratives get used to tell stories about Onate. For example, the people who supported the statue (people in city government in El Paso, people who are raising funds privately for the statue and even the artist himself) downplayed or usually ignored that he had had such a devastating impact on native people. Supporters of the statue would never mention his role in the Acoma Massacre or the fact that he ordered the amputation of Acoma males as a warning sign to others natives, and thus, silencing an entire side to the story. Onate’s image is reproduced time and time again at the expense of the Indigenous population.
However, a story that is not told does not mean that it is forgotten. According to Levins Morales, the traumas of oppression are further perpetuated by the invisibility of their experience in historical narratives. The severing of the Onate statue’s foot was meant as a form of retaliation in response to Onate’s sentencing that Indian men of fighting age be sentenced to foot amputation as a punishment and a warning, as well as a reminder that the Pueblos are still standing and will not remain silent. They have yet to have had a proper historical narrative that, as Levins Morales describes, is inclusive of their experiences can heal the traumas of oppression for the oppressed. 2) Violence has been a major theme throughout the course. Discuss one historical period and/or geographical region to analyze. How has violence shaped or operated throughout that historical period or graphical location Give clear examples from the readings and lectures. Sexual assaults by Spanish Soldiers against Native women began shortly after the establishment of the mission and presidio at Monterey. And as the Spaniards ventured into new territory of Alta California, the danger of sexual assault went with them. These sexual attacks Jeopardized the position of the Church because they retarded missionization in CA. Natives, of course, resisted conversion because they

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