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In Dry River, author Ken Lamberton finds his way through a lifetime of exploring southern Arizona's Santa Cruz River. At once a cultural history lesson and a reminder to learn from the past, this book is both a story about the complexities of this troubled river and a celebration of one man's lifelong journey with the people and places touched by it.
New Directions in Tribal Conservation
This book examines new and innovative ideas concerning Native land conservancies, providing advice on land trusts, conservation groups, and collaborations with Native and non-Native conservation movements, on how to protect their access to culturally important lands.
This book examines the ways that young men and women in working-class neighborhoods of El Progreso, Honduras, understand and respond to gang and gun violence. Offering firsthand accounts of how these youths make use of religious discourse, narrative practices, or the inscription of tattooed images to navigate dangerous social settings, Jesus and the Gang is an unflinching look at how these young men turn away from perpetuating the cycle of violence and how Christianity serves a society where belonging is surviving.
This poignant but ultimately empowering memoir tells the story Peter Likins, his wife, and six children they adopted, despite issues of race, age and health which normally would have made these children "unadoptable" by 1960s standards. A frank, open account of the difficulties that a family can face, An American Family is a wonderful narrative of the genesis of a family and a journey to the deepest parts of a father's heart.
Doubters and Dreamers is a collection of poems and narrations that constitutes a remarkable work about the growing consciousness of an ancestral and familial past. This book explores what it means to be a mixed-blood Native American who grew up urban, lesbian and middle class in the West.
At times frighteningly whimsical or haunting and poignant, Empire is a book of poetry that explores a family history set against the backdrop of Mexican history. Candalaria truly shows the power of poetry as song, performance, testimony and witness.
For the first time in human history, we know for certain the existence of planets around other stars. Exoplanets serves as both an introduction for the non-specialist and a foundation for the techniques and equations used in exoplanet observation by those dedicated to the field.
In presenting the case of Kaska, an endangered language in an Athapascan community in the Yukon, Barbra Meek asserts that language revitalization requires more than just linguistic rehabilitation; it demands a social transformation. The process must mend rips and tears in the social fabric of the language community that result from an enduring colonial history.
The Galisteo Basin of northern New Mexico has been a staple of archaeological research since it was first studied almost a century ago. This first book on the area since 1914 lays out an overview of the area, with research provided by the Tano Origins Project and funded by the National Science Foundation.
With this extensively researched book, Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez updates and expands upon his major 1983 study of rotating savings and credit associations (ROSCAs), incorporating new data that reflect the explosion of Mexican-origin populations in the United States.
This book examines how the archaeological record of ordinary objects--used by ordinary people--constitutes a manifestation of humankind's cognitive and social development. A Prehistory of Ordinary People offers an impressive synthesis and accessible style that will appeal to archaeologists, cultural anthropologists, and others interested in the long history of human decision-making.
Maguey, a term given to both the agave plant and the fibers extracted from its leaves, can be spun into fine cords used to create colorful textiles from net bags to equestrian gear. In this fascinating book, Kathryn Rousso, an accomplished textile artist, takes a detailed look at the state of maguey culture, use, and trade in Guatemala.
The shift from mobile hunting and gathering to more sedentary lifeways was one of the most significant milestones in the prehistory of humanity. Using cases that range from China to Bolivia and from the Near East to the American Southwest, leading archaeologists situate their specific areas of specialization in a broad comparative context to consider the consequences of this transformation.
Contributors to this volume examine the political uses--and misuses--of archaeology in the Middle East using a variety of case studies, including the Taliban's destruction of Buddhas in Afghanistan, the commercialization of archaeology in Israel, the training of Egyptian archaeology inspectors, and the debate over Turkish identity sparked by the film Troy, among other provocative subjects.
Few other places in the United States are as high, dry, sparsely inhabited--and urbanized--as the Great Basin of Utah and Nevada. Sullivan embarks on a quest for a livable future for the heart of the interior West and in the process he both unearths the past and ponders the present and future of Great Basin cities.
More than a simple guidebook, Aitchison's writing will take both actual and armchair travelers through a gripping tale of natural history. The tenuousness of this area makes the book's extraordinary photographs and the firsthand descriptions by this well-known teacher, writer, and photographer all the more compelling.
Today, though their descendants presumably live on in Sonora, almost no one claims descent from the Ópatas. David Yetman has traveled extensively in Sonora and brings together conversations with present day residents and archival research to illuminate the culture and history of these nearly forgotten people.
This new edition of McClory's seminal reference addressed many of the latest issues in Arizona's state government including legislative term limits, a new redistricting system, and a controversial school voucher program. Comprehensive and clearly written, this book belongs on every Arizonan's bookshelf.
Oscar Chamosa combines intellectual history with ethnographic and sociocultural analysis to reconstruct the process by which mestizo culture--in Argentina called criollo culture--came to occupy the center of national folklore in a country that portrayed itself as the only white nation in South America.
Through analyzing a variety of texts and images, Goodman illuminates the ways that modern forces such as militarization, environmental degradation, internal migration, and an increased border patrol presence have shattered and fragmented the perception of a secure homeland in the Southwest since the Great Depression.
This is the story of two courageous boys and of how they saved their village by undertaking a westward trek to the home of the Rain and Snow spirits to plead for water. Ortiz's graceful words accompany stunning full color illustrations by Micheal Lacapa to form an breathtaking story suitable for all ages.
Paegle takes us through the tumult of displacement and migration with a strong sense for the folk songs and tango music of her youth. What emerges from this diverse collection is a sensual and allusive space where music and memory coincide.
In this essential collection, fifteen scientists use a variety of remarkably extensive data sets--including paleoclimatic information, demographic modeling, archaeological evidence of architecture and artifacts, and analysis of human, plant, and animal remains--to provide new explanations for the 13th-century mass migration of the Pueblo from the Mesa Verde area.
This book examines ways in which indigenous women participated in one of the most prominent institutions in colonial times--the Catholic Church--and what they made of their experience with convent life. It will appeal to scholars of literary criticism, women's studies, and colonial history, and to anyone interested in the ways that class, race, and gender intersected in the colonial world.
This volume brings together twelve original essays that explore the concept of populism in twentieth century Mexico. Contributors analyze the presidencies of two of the century's most clearly populist figures, evaluating them against each other and in light of other Latin American and Mexican populist leaders.
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.
A backcountry pilot famous for his jaunts into the wildest, most remote regions of the borderlands, Alexander "Ike" Russell has become something of a legend since his death in 1980, and the stories surrounding his flights never fail to amaze. This book combines biography and oral history by offering a wide range of anecdotes and remembrances by friends and family.
Hundreds of women and young girls have been murdered in Ciudad Juárez in the last decade. Now poet Valerie Martínez departs from traditional narrative to reveal the hidden effects and outcomes of the horrific and heart-wrenching cases of femicide in lyric fragments and prose passages that form a vivid collage.
This volume charts the rise and fall of the Classic Maya center of Xunantunich, paying special attention to its changing relationships with the communities that comprised its hinterlands. This allows them to paint a revised picture of Maya politics--one with different ways of governing and alliance formation between dominant centers and hinterland communities.
Indigenous Miracles is about how the Nahua elite of central Mexico secured political legitimacy through the administration of public rituals centered on miraculous images of Christ the King. Osowski argues that these images were adopted as community symbols and furthermore allowed Nahua leaders to "represent their own kingship," protecting their claims to legitimacy.
This riveting book revisits one of the most horrific crimes in Arizona's history: the mass murder of nine residents of a Buddhist temple near Phoenix in 1991. Like In Cold Blood and other true-life crime books, it is a page-turner. But it also raises troubling questions about modern police procedures.
Using the intriguing stories and words of a Quechua-speaking woman named Luisa Cadena from the Pastaza Province of Ecuador, Janis B. Nuckolls reveals a complex language system in which ideophony, dialogue, and perspective are all at the core of cultural and grammatical communications among Amazonian Quechua
After Collapse blazes new research trails in both archaeology and the study of social change, demonstrating that archaeology can offer more clues to the "dark ages" that precede regeneration than text-based studies. It opens up a new window on the past by shifting the focus away from the rise and fall of ancient civilizations to their often more telling fall and rise.
This book focuses on the integration of science and resource management issues in this unique and highly varied environment. Broken into three subsections, this volume addresses conservation biology, biophysical resources, and inventory and monitoring concerns.
Massacre at the Yuma Crossing not only tells the story of the Yuma Massacre with new details but also gives the reader an understanding of the pressing questions debated in the Spanish Empire at the time including the very future of Spain in North America.
Celebrates fifteen years of Latin@ literature by bringing together some of the series' best work, including selections from award-winning books by Richard Blanco, Diana García, Luis Alberto Urrea, Pat Mora, Kathleen Alcalá, Sergio Troncoso, and Kathleen de Azevedo--plus other prominent writers such as Ray Gonzalez, Franciso Alarcón, and Juan Felipe Herrera.
Thirteen narratives--from ranchers, foresters, scientists, Native American farmers and others--tell how northern Arizona landscapes and livelihoods reflect rapid social and environmental change. Enhanced with more than fifty illustrations, this book allows us to see it through the eyes of those whose lives it has directly touched
An ethnography of the Mexican political system under PRI hegemony, analyzing the 1988 Salinas campaign to show relationship between the formal democratic structure of the state and the unofficial practices of the underlying political culture, and addressing the question of what purpose campaigns serve when the outcome is predetermined.
Brings together scholars and professionals from a wide range of disciplines to examine the pressing issues of economic development, housing and community development, and public and environmental health in the colonias of the U.S.-Mexico border, providing conceptual frameworks that tie poverty to institutional and class-based conflicts.
This encyclopedic work describes the flora of a unique area in the "Sky Islands" region where Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico meet. It is home to more than 3,000 species and a wide range of habitats. The book includes descriptions, identifications, ecology, ethnobotany, and extensive etymologies of plant names.
Describes how Sonora's nascent legal system became the institution through which spouses, parents, children, employers, and servants settled disputes over everything from custody to assault to debt, revealing how these daily encounters between men and women in the local courts contributed to the formation of republican governance on Mexico's northwestern frontier.
Focuses on the historical construction of the Hualapai Nation in the face of modern American colonialism. Shepherd grounds his account in Haulapai voices and agendas while simultaneously situating their history into the larger tapestry of Native peoples' confrontations with colonialism and modernity.
Combining approaches from anthropology and cultural studies, Working from Within examines how issues of identity, agency, and social movements shape the lives of Chicana and Chicano activist educators in U.S. schools. Luis Urrieta Jr. skillfully utilizes the cultural concepts of positioning, figured worlds, and self-authorship, along with ...
Firsthand accounts of migrants crossing the Arizona desert as told to volunteers for the Samaritans, a humanitarian group that provides water, food, and medical assistance. They not only offer a window on the migrants' plight but also a look at the challenges faced by volunteers in sometimes compromising situations.
Ethnographer and anthropologist Brigittine French mobilizes new critical-theoretical perspectives in linguistic anthropology, applying them to the politically-charged context of contemporary Guatemala. French shows, with useful examples, how constructions of language and collective identity are, in fact, strategies undertaken to serve the goals of institutions and social actors.
Paleonutrition is the analysis of human prehistoric diets and the interpretation of dietary intake in relation to health and nutrition. This is the most comprehensive and up-to-date book on paleonutrition. It includes the most recent research methods and describes the ways in which paleonutrition data are recovered, analyzed, and interpreted.
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