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Reconstructing Racial Identity and the African Past in the Dominican Republic$
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Kimberly Eison Simmons

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036755

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036755.001.0001

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Indio

Indio

A Question of Color

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Reconstructing Racial Identity and the African Past in the Dominican Republic
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Kimberly Eison Simmons

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813036755.003.0003

This chapter takes a look at indio within its cultural context and details the process of obtaining a cédula (known as cedulazation) at the Junta Central Electoral (JCE) in Santiago. In 1998, mulato was introduced as a new color category on the new digitized cédulas, marking the first time that a mixed category, with its implication of African ancestry, was used as an official state category on the national ID card. The chapter explores the ways in which the JCE officials defined people in terms of color, with mulato and indio being mixed categories.

Keywords:   cédula, cedulazation, color categories, indio, JCE, Junta Central Electoral, mulato

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