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Peyote Effect: From the Inquisition to the War on Drugs

Alexander S. Dawson


Peyote has marked the boundary between the Indian and the West since it was outlawed by the Spanish Inquisition in 1620. For nearly four centuries, ecclesiastical, legal, scientific, and scholarly authorities have worked to police that boundary and ensure that while indigenous subjects might consume peyote, non-indigenes could not. It is a boundary repeatedly remade, in part because generations of non-indigenes have refused to stay on their side of the line. Moving back and forth across the U.S.-Mexican border, this book explores how battles over who might enjoy the right to consume peyote hav ... More

Keywords: peyote, Mexico, United States, race, science, law, religion, hallucinogens, indigenous rights, drugs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520285422
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520285422.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander S. Dawson, author
SUNY Albany