Liebmann is a gifted narrator, deftly moving the reader through the intricacies of current theoretical debates and toward a hybrid position that builds on their strengths.
Anthropologist Liebmann challenges and ultimately transcends the tired, text-based colonial-versus-postcolonial critiques of the past, and does so within the context of a robust scholarly treatment sure to prompt debate and discussion for decades to come.
A thoughtful and important contribution to the scholarship of the colonial Southwest. It will be a central reference for any study of the Pueblo Revolt.
—Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Liebmann has constructed one of the most comprehensive books ever published on a Native American uprising. I recommend the book highly to anyone interested in postcolonial studies or Southwest archaeology.
—Matthew J. Barbour, Museum of New Mexico's Office of Archaeological Studies, CHOICE Magazine
This study can quite comfortably be read for its substantive contribution and narrative power even by those with little interest in postcolonial theory.
—New Mexico Historical Review
So much has already been written about the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, it's hard to imagine what a must-read book might look like—but this is it. Revolt
transcends tired old colonial and post-colonial storylines, foregoing the rhetoric about romance and tragedy, about winners and losers. Constructed literally from the ground up, Revolt
harnesses new archaeological data—artifacts, architecture, and rock art—and projects them through the prism of comparative anthropology. With Revolt
, Matt Liebmann has birthed a book that commands our immediate attention.
—David Hurst Thomas, American Museum of Natural History
is, beyond question, our most three-dimensional rendering of the dramas and traumas that gripped the Pueblo world between 1680 and 1696. Liebmann weaves historical, archaeological, and ethnographic sources into a story both gripping and reflective, allowing us to witness the tumult of Po'pay's revolution in all its hope and frustration. Liebmann's sensitivity to Pueblo peoples' understanding of their 'past in the present' will set the standard for his generation, and for those to come.
—James F. Brooks, author of Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship, and Community in the Southwest Borderlands