Kathleen Ann Myers

Published On


Page Range

pp. 96–127


  • English

Print Length

32 pages

3. Transhumance, Diversification, and New Collaborations

Fortunato Guerrero Lara (Sierra de Cardeña y Montoro [Córdoba] and Sierra de Segura [Jaén])

  • Kathleen Ann Myers (author)
This chapter highlights two key issues in pastoralism today: land usage and generational turnover; examined through the case study of Fortunato Guerrero Lara, a shepherd and land-rights leader who straddles tradition and innovation. Our author talks with three generations of shepherds, as well as “one of the few conscientious landowners” in Andalusia. We see two men who have distinctly different lifestyles and personalities united by a shared passion for their cultural and ecological heritage, evidenced by the way they care for the natural landscapes where they work. Through Fortunato, the chapter explores relationships between families of different socio-economic classes and the systems that support or restrict them, as well as glimpse what biodiversity on a multifunctional dehesa means.


Kathleen Ann Myers

Professor of Spanish and History at Indiana University Bloomington

Kathleen Ann Myers is Professor of Spanish and History at Indiana University-Bloomington. She received her doctorate in Hispanic Studies from Brown University. She has published widely on a variety of topics, including books about women writers in colonial Mexico (Liverpool 1993, Indiana University Press 1999, Oxford 2003) and the Spanish conquest and colonization of the Americas (Texas University Press 2007). Her recent studies include books on cultural geographies and coloniality in contemporary Mexico (University of Arizona Press 2015, University of Toronto 2024). This research has been generously funded by a variety of organizations, including Indiana University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Scholar Program, the Spanish Ministry for Education and Culture, the Centro de Estudios de Ciencias Sociales (Mexico), the American Philosophical Association, the Huntington Library, and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas of Spain (CSIC).