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. This is the first time Pueblo historians have written about these events in book form; previous volumes reflected Spanish sources or more distant academic viewpoints. Drawing on their oral history and using their own words, the Pueblo writers discuss the history and importance of Po’pay, the illustrious Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo Indian strategist and warrior who was renowned, respected and revered by their people as a visionary leader.
- Editors: Joe S. Sando and Herman Agoyo
- Contributions from Theodore S. Jojola, Robert Mirabal, Alfonso Ortiz, Simon J. Ortiz, Joseph H. Suina
- Paperback: 254 pages
- Publisher: Clear Light Pub (September 1, 2005)
- ISBN-10: 1574160648
- Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6 x 8.9 inches
Joe S. Sando is the author of "Pueblo Nations: Eight Centuries of Pueblo Indian History," "Pueblo Profiles: Cultural Identity through Centuries of Change" and co-author of "Po'pay: Leader of the First American Revolution." Born into the Sun Clan at Jemez Pueblo, he was a former director of the Institute of Pueblo Study and Research at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He taught Pueblo Indian history at the University of New Mexico, the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and at U.S. International University. The first chairman of the All Indian Pueblo Housing Authority and the first chairman of the State Judicial Council, Sando was a commissioner on the Higher Education Task Force and the Po'pay Statuary Hall Commission. He also served on the board of Americans for Indian Opportunity. Sando received the Excellence in Humanities Award from the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities.
Po’pay: Leader of the First American Revolution provides a comprehensive look at a particular time in New Mexico’s history that changed the state forever, making it the richly multi-cultural "Land of Enchantment" that it is. Amplified with quotes from New Mexico and Pueblo leaders, the book also demonstrates how the events of the Pueblo Revolt enabled the Pueblos, unlike other American Indian groups, to continue their languages, traditions and religion on essentially the same lands from ancient times to today and how Po’pay’s legacy continues to inspire all people. The book also covers the historical making of the seven-foot-tall Tennessee marble statue, from the political processes involved to its actual creation, eventual completion and final dedication in the Statuary Hall on September 22, 2005. Edited by Joe S. Sando (Jemez Pueblo) & Herman Agoyo (San Juan Pueblo), this book includes contributions by Theodore S. Jojola (Isleta Pueblo), Robert Mirabal (Taos Pueblo), Alfonso Ortiz (San Juan Pueblo), Simon J. Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo), and Joseph H. Suina (Cochiti Pueblo)
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