The Carapálida Indian. (el Indio Carapálida.)
This book tries to give a little usual image us, but that existed, of the Spanish colonizador imbuido by the culture and indigenous way of life. It shows as some Spaniards ended up to us being part of the indigenous society, transforming itself thus into the carapálida Indian. The author says to us that this phenomenon was many right: between these it mentions, for example, the fact that many of the conquerors were tránsfugas that had not reached their ideal of life and total accomplishment in the Spanish territory, was people relegated by the Spanish society of their time, beings who saw in the lacking indigenous society of the conventions of the Modern World a more fertile land for their style of libertine life, of free accomplishment and desire. The New World was something as well as the indigenous paradise of the accomplishment of its frustrated ideals and culture and custom the step route. An interesting case of this phenomenon would be the one of the Hieronymite clergyman of Aguilar, that was submerged in the indigenous society long time, until arriving at the point to be almost one of them (Chapter 1 of the book). Nevertheless, this it would be rescued by Courteous Hernán and it would return to take control again of his lost Spanish origin, although never it forgot his indigenous learning. It was transformed into bridge between both towns and is perhaps the first sample of the character dúplice of a Latin American identity (it mixes of the Spanish and the native). In addition the author says to us: These Castilians, normally, never resigned to their quality and condition of such, because "the Spaniards were, significantly, less aculturados by the Indians who these by the Spaniards". Yet, many had "to aindiar themselves" to be able to survive in indigenous earth." (p 95). In ahead, the book is in charge to show to us to the immersion and continuous growth of several Spanish individuals that knew to use better the average native. Some that used this surroundings for the own development and of the community in which they were, and not like a simple annihilation of the Indian and the culture (thing that the other Spaniards did who remained "to the other side"). The vision that shows the book to us is interesting. This perspective of the colonized colonizador did not know it until reading the book. In other books "the other" is seen like inferior, like a subject between the savage, in way towards the human. In this book one is, on the contrary, that the type of life of the indigenous era also another option, even for the Spanish.