Bernard L. Fontana

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Of Earth and Little Rain

The University of Arizona Press

An appreciation of the Tohono O'odham (long known as the Papago) Indians, whose reservation is the second largest in the United States.

"Fontana, who has lived at the edge of the Tohono O'odham (formerly Papago) Reservation for decades, provides sympathetic insight into the history and lifeways of these gentle desert dwellers.

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Tarahumara

The University of Arizona Press

Inhabiting the Sierra Madre Occidental of southwestern Chihuahua in Mexico, the Tarahumara (or Rarámuri) are known in their language as the "foot runners" due to the way in which they must navigate their rugged terrain. This book offers an accessible ethnography of their history, customs, and current life, accompanied by ...

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Blessingway

With Three Versions of the Myth Recorded and Translated from the Navajo by Father Berard Haile, O.F.M.

The University of Arizona Press

An outstanding work crafted from the handwritten pages of translations from the Navajo of the late Father Berard Haile giving three separate versions of the Blessingway rite with each version consisting of a prose text accompanied by the ritual songs and prayers. Valuable insights into the character and use of the Blessingway rite; its ceremonial procedures, its mythology, and its drypaintings.

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Friar Bringas Reports to the King

Methods of Indoctrination on the Frontier of New Spain, 1796–97

The University of Arizona Press

A significant contribution to a deeper understanding of the Spanish period in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico, this translation of Father Diego Miguel Bringas' 1796–97 report on missionary activities presents a rare first-hand account of Spanish attempts to direct cultural change among the Pima Indians.

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Piman Shamanism and Staying Sickness (Ká:cim Múmkidag)

The University of Arizona Press

This definitive study of shamanic theory and practice was developed through a four-person collaboration: three Tohono O’odham Indians—a shaman, a translator, and a trained linguist—and a non-Indian explicator. It provides an in-depth examination of the Piman philosophy of sickness as well as an introduction to the world view of an entire people.

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Sonora

A Description of the Province

The University of Arizona Press

This multifaceted description of Sonora was written by an eighteenth-century Jesuit missionary to the Pima, Opata, and Eudeve Indians.

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A Gift of Angels

The University of Arizona Press

Rising suddenly out of the desert landscape, Mission San Xavier del Bac's graceful art and architecture have drawn visitors from all over the world. Now Bernard Fontana--the leading expert on San Xavier--and award-winning photographer Edward McCain have teamed up to show us this glorious place as we've never seen it before.

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Requiem for the Santa Cruz

An Environmental History of an Arizona River

The University of Arizona Press

Requiem for the Santa Cruz is the riveting human and natural history of the life and death of a Southwestern river. The book is a model for explaining changes in river systems and the consequences, and will appeal to a wide-ranging audience of water lawyers, floodplain managers, land-use planners, people who live near major rivers in the Southwest, bird watchers, and armchair historians.

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