Pozuzo was established in 1859 as German colony in Peru's highland Amazon. Given its remote location, Pozuzo developed as a Germanic enclave that held tightly to its roots for over a century. The 1976 introduction of La Marginal highway brought many Andean migrants to the area; however, Pozuzo's ethnic identity remains intact. While many Germanic descendants (entitled colonos) have intermarried with mestizos and, to a lesser extent Andinos (known locally as outsiders), most colonos perceive a social demarcation between themselves and the Andino population that now outnumbers them. I explore Germanic descendants' construction of a "colono narrative" as a response to inflated Andino migration, and the tensions and accommodations taking place as local political power moves away from "the colonists," to the "outsiders." Specifically, I focus on the complicated nature of social relations, concluding that Pozuzo's founding, and current social tumult, speaks to larger issues of 21 st century indigenous rights.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Cultural anthropology, European history, History|
|Keywords:||Andes Mountains, Highways, Identity, Roads, Social memory|
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