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  • ICAA Record ID
    850118
    TITLE
    Algunos indios
    IN
    Las Nubes.-- Caracas, Venezuela : Monte Ávila Editores Latinoamericana C.A., 1997
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 59 -63
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Uslar Pietri, Arturo. "Algunos Indios." In Las Nubes, 59- 63. Caracas, Venezuela: Monte Ávila Editores Latinoamericana C.A., 1997.
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Synopsis

The well-known member of the avant-garde, Arturo Uslar Pietri, tracks the evolution of the portrayal of the Indian since the idyllic vision proposed by Columbus and Father Bartolomé de las Casas (both of whom were inspired by the myth of the Noble Savage), through the romantic view of inter-racial idylls expressed by François de Chateaubriand, to the first realistic image of a Latin American aborigine in his squalid native habitat (Clorinda Matto de Turner), which launched the “indigenist” protest literature of the twentieth century (Francisco de Icaza and Ciro Alegría).

Annotations

Though the article focuses on the depiction of the Indian in literature, it also acknowledges an ideological relationship to the evolution of the Indian as portrayed in the visual arts, at least in places where “indigenist” art flourished (in the Andean and Mesoamerican countries). The Indian was idealized in terms of both his glorious past and his exotic present (Indianism), and was also the subject of critical and realistic views that were more closely aligned with a desire to denounce historic or current injustices, that is, colonial and nineteenth century exploitation or marginalization, respectively. Arturo Uslar Pietri was a member of a post-positivist generation whose interests, though cosmopolitan, were still to some extent rooted in “the American experience,” that acknowledged the value of Spanish culture as a guiding component of a broader mestizo culture.

Researcher
Roldan Esteva-Grillet
Team
Fundación Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
Credit
Casa Uslar Pietri, Caracas, Venezuela
Location
Biblioteca Roldán Esteva-Grillet, Caracas