Out of the Sierra: A Story of Rarámuri Resistance (Paperback)

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Out of the Sierra: A Story of Rarámuri Resistance (Paperback)

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Out of the Sierra is a uniquely stunning book. Told primarily by women and children, it’s a feminist, anti-capitalist, anti-colonialist oral history, related intimately with sensitivity and beauty. Heartbreaking yet hopeful, Blanco’s story of the Rarámuri reveals a people persevering against assimilation into systems that fail them. An essential work that pulls so many threads together to weave a compelling, challenging narrative.

— Hannah

A displaced family charts a path forward in this testament to the power of perseverance and the many forms resistance can take.

The Rar muri people of Chihuahua, Mexico, make up one of the largest Indigenous tribes of North America. Renowned for maintaining their language and cultural traditions in the face of colonization, they have weathered numerous hardships--climate disaster, poverty, cultural erasure--that have only worsened during the twenty-first century.

Based on more than a decade of oral history and participatory field work, Out of the Sierra paints a vivid and vital portrait of Rar muri displacement. When drought leaves the Guti rrez family with nothing to eat, they are faced with the choice many Rar muris must make: remain and hope for rain and aid, or leave their sacred homeland behind. Luis, Martina, and their children choose to journey from their home in the Sierra Madre mountains toward a new and uncertain future in a government-funded Indigenous settlement.

Victoria Blanco considers Indigenous identity with tenderness and intelligence, demanding recognition and justice for the Rar muri people as they resist assimilation and uphold traditional knowledge in the face of broken systems. In a narrative of unprecedented access and intimacy, Out of the Sierra offers a groundbreaking testimony to human resilience and the power of community.

Victoria Blanco's writing has been published in the New York Times, Catapult, Guernica, and others. She holds her MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota. She is from El Paso, Texas, and now lives in Minneapolis with her three sons.
Product Details ISBN: 9781566896535
ISBN-10: 1566896533
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Publication Date: June 11th, 2024
Pages: 328
Language: English