Native Peoples of the Southwest

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UNM Press, 2000 - History - 439 pages
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This comprehensive look at Native American groups in the southwestern United States is one of the first to provide both ethnographic research and Native American viewpoints. Included are chapters on the Pueblos, the Hopi, and the Zuni; the Pimans, the Yaqui, and the River Yumans; the Upland Yumans, the Apache, the Navajo, and the Southern Paiute. It explores each group's environmental adaptation, linguistic affiliation, social organization, history, world view, material culture, and ceremonial institutions. Native Americans speak about contemporary issues such as the repatriation of sacred objects, reservation gambling, preservation of native plants, and the philosophy behind tribal colleges.


"The combination of a scholarly and lyrical style makesNative Peoples of the Southwesthighly informative and a pleasure to read. Reminiscent in its historical truthfulness of Dee Brown'sBury My Heart at Wounded Knee, this is a scholarly text that American Indians would want for their own children's higher education. And a must read for non-Indians who want to understand the true history of Southwestern American Indians. Native Peoples of the Southwest authoritatively answers why Indian people persistently and proudly are committed to preserving and maintaining their language, culture, and traditions within a society that nearly annihilated them, and provides hope that those who read it will join American Indians in cherishing and supporting the preservation of these living cultural treasures that bless this great land known for a short historical time as America."--Glenn Johnson, M. Ed. (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)

  

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Not since Stephen Trimble's The People: Indians of the American Southwest (LJ 8/93) has there been such a comprehensive and sensitive introduction to the culture and history of the Native peoples of ... Read full review

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A very nice summary of what happened and what was happening in Indian Country. The author spends time and attention on the psychological adjustments of the Southwestern Native Americans defined as being in New Mexico and Arizona with the Southern Paiute also being included Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Connections
11
The Zuni
115
The Obdham
159
The Yaqui
205
The Upland Yumans
263
The Navajo
305
The Apaches
361
Conclusion
417
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Trudy Griffin-Pierce (1949-2009) was an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona. She was the author of several books on American Indian cosmology.

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