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Between Two Fires: Mayangna Indians in Post-Revolutionary Nicaragua, 1979-1990

MORRIS, N; (2014) Between Two Fires: Mayangna Indians in Post-Revolutionary Nicaragua, 1979-1990. Bulletin of Latin American Research , 33 (2) pp. 203-218. 10.1111/blar.12119. Green open access

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Abstract

The predominant Mayangna narrative of the Nicaraguan Civil Warholds that the Miskitu tricked them into joining the conflict. However, Iargue here that the Mayangna leadership and the Sandinista governmentwere also responsible, as Sandinista denial of the importance of ethnicdifference in Nicaragua allowed Miskitu nationalists, using the languageof religion, to co-opt Mayangna leaders, while subsequent Sandinistaviolence turned Mayangna civilians against the revolution. Accusationsof trickery stem from later Mayangna disillusion with the war and fromproblems with the autonomous political system set up in its wake, whichencourages the Mayangna to underplay the role of their own leaders andthe Sandinista government in embroiling them in the conflict. This one-sided narrative, however, increasingly defines Mayangna interpretationsof their very identity as a people.

Type: Article
Title: Between Two Fires: Mayangna Indians in Post-Revolutionary Nicaragua, 1979-1990
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/blar.12119
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/blar.12119
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Contras, Mayangna, Miskitu, Nicaragua, revolution, Sandinistas
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10058839
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