This article examines the Miskitu peoples’ efforts to gain equal rights in mid- 20th- century Nicaragua through a discourse of citizenship within the larger ideological framework of Latin American mestizaje (interracial and intercultural mixing as the basis for Latin American identity in refutation of European and/or Anglo- American values). Specifi cally, it explores Miskitu recollections and reactions to Nicaraguan efforts to integrate them into the national identity through an indigenist programme known as the Río Coco Pilot Project for Basic Education.
This article concerns gender violence against indigenous Miskitu women in Nicaragua’s North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN) by examining how violence toward RAAN women is linked not only to culturally-based perceptions of love and marriage, but also to disruptive gender relations caused by neoliberal economic policies of the state and the lack of justice accessible to women through Nicaraguan customary law (derecho indígena o consuetudinario).
Drawing from critical assessments of market citizenship and neoliberal resource management, this article on eastern Nicaragua demonstrates that state policies threaten the subsistence rights of indigenous peoples in spite of recent advances in land titling.
This article discusses the emergence of demands for regional autonomy amongst the Miskitu inhabitants of Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast during the 1980s and concludes that the provenance of such demands should not be located in the historical precedents of the Kingdom of Mosquitia (1687–1860) and the Mosquito Reservation (1860–1894). Instead, its origins will be seen to lie in the impact of the developmentalist policies adopted by the Sandinista government that came to power in 1979 through a popular insurrection in Pacific Nicaragua.