« on: February 10, 2012, 05:02:28 PM »
Tom makes a good point that it's intellectually dangerous to treat "Native American" culture as if it is/was a monolithic culture and ethnicity. It's like saying "Asian" culture. There are huge differences between Persians and Koreans, and Russians and Indians. It's incredibly difficult to try to draw meaningful conclusions or opinions based on race/ethnicity without just falling into racism.so very true
The Hohokam (who lived in what's now Phoenix) brewed a corn alcohol as well. That's probably where the Apaches got the technique from.
Comparing pre-Columbian alcohol consumption to post-colonial alcohol consumption is like comparing a BB gun to a Howitzer. Yes they're both guns, but no one would confuse the two.
Tax on alcohol sales on pulque to natives in New Spain (Mexico) generated as much revenue for the crown as the silver mines did, and there were a ton of silver mines. What was once a sacred drink became secular post-invasion and the consumption exploded.