Essential to understanding Spanish colonialism in North America.
Vitally important to archaeological, historical, and ethnographic analyses of West Mexico.
—The Canadian Journal of Native Studies
The book is an important contribution to our understanding of Mesoamerican history in its full complexity. It recognizes the enduring significance of the prehispanic Tarascan state and its ability to defend itself against Aztec and other Central Mexican military domination, as well as the responses of indigenous people in the West Mexican area.
—Philip E. Coyle, author of Náyari History, Politics and Violence: From Flowers to Ash
[This volume] is unique in its long-term historical perspective, connecting the pre-Columbian and colonial periods to the present. It brings together studies on a once-neglected area of Mexico and reveals its history by a masterful combination of archaeology, ethnohistory and ethnography.
—David Luke Robichaux, author of Familia y diversidad en América Latina: Estudios de caso