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Border MedicineA TransCultural History of Mexican American Curanderismo$
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Brett Hendrickson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479834785

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479834785.001.0001

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Hybrid Healing in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region

Hybrid Healing in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region

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(p.19) 1 Hybrid Healing in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region
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Border Medicine
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Brett Hendrickson

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479834785.003.0002

This chapter traces the history of the peoples and settlement patterns of the U.S.–Mexico border region, with particular emphasis on both the religious history of the area and the colonial nature of successive waves of population. In presenting a regional history of colonial encounter and change, the chapter focuses on healing during the first 400 years after European arrival. In particular, it looks at the Spanish arrival in the region that is now northern Mexico and the southwestern United States in the mid-sixteenth century. It also considers the borderlands as a remarkable site of continuous cultural contact and colonization, providing a fertile site for transcultural exchange. Finally, it examines the emergence of a religious healing tradition in the borderlands that has been essentially hybrid in nature, along with the factors that influenced Mexican Americans to maintain curanderismo in the new American Southwest.

Keywords:   religious history, U.S.–Mexico border, Mexico, United States, borderlands, colonization, religious healing, Mexican Americans, curanderismo, American Southwest

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