Where the River Ends: Contested Indigeneity in the Mexican Colorado Delta

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Living in the northwest of Mexico, the Cucapá people have relied on fishing as a means of subsistence for generations, but in the last several decades, that practice has been curtailed by water scarcity and government restrictions. The Colorado River once met the Gulf of California near the village where Shaylih Muehlmann conducted ethnographic research, but now, as a result of a treaty, 90 percent of the water from the Colorado is diverted before it reaches Mexico. The remaining water is increasingly directed to the manufacturing industry in Tijuana and Mexicali. Since 1993, the Mexican government has denied the Cucapá people fishing rights on environmental grounds. While the Cucapá have continued to fish in the Gulf of California, federal inspectors and the Mexican military are pressuring them to stop. The government maintains that the Cucapá are not sufficiently "indigenous" to warrant preferred fishing rights. Like many indigenous people in Mexico, most Cucapá people no longer speak their indigenous language; they are highly integrated into nonindigenous social networks. Where the River Ends is a moving look at how the Cucapá people have experienced and responded to the diversion of the Colorado River and the Mexican state's attempts to regulate the environmental crisis that followed.

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Shaylih Muehlmann is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Canada Research Chair in Language, Culture and the Environment at the University of British Columbia.

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"Engaging and timely...a valuable and compelling ethnography of great interest for studentsand scholars in the fields of anthropology, Latin American studies, genderstudies, border studies, and political ecology." (Maria Crus-Torres, Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe) 

  "Muehlmann'sbook is a remarkable work of ethnography...[it] fully demonstrates the genre'scontinued relevance as a unique way of understanding the complex ways thatsocial issues intersect and intertwine in contemporary society." 
(Magnus Pharao Hansen, Social Anthropology)

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