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The University of Arizona Press is the premier publisher of academic, regional, and literary works in the state of Arizona. They disseminate ideas and knowledge of lasting value that enrich understanding, inspire curiosity, and enlighten readers. They advance the University of Arizona’s mission by connecting scholarship and creative expression to readers worldwide.

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The Cacti of Arizona

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Nobody Rich or Famous

A Family Memoir

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Once in a while, a book comes along that redefines the concept of family. Frank McCourt did it with Angela’s Ashes; Annie Dillard did it with An American Childhood. In Nobody Rich or Famous, award-winning poet and author Richard Shelton immerses us in the hardscrabble lives of his Boise, Idaho, clan during the 1930s and ’40s. This is memoir in its finest tradition, illuminating today’s cultural chasm between the haves and have-nots. It is the true story of a family and how it got that way.

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Mexican Melodrama

Film and Nation from the Golden Age to the New Wave

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Mexican Melodrama offers a timely look at critically acclaimed films that serve as key referents in discussions of Mexican cinema. Elena Lahr-Vivaz artfully portrays the dominant conventions of historical and contemporary Mexican cinema, showing how new-wave directors draw from a previous generation to produce meaning in the present.

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Celluloid Pueblo

Western Ways Films and the Invention of the Postwar Southwest

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Celluloid Pueblo tells the story of Western Ways Features and its role in the invention of the Southwest of the imagination. The story closely follows the boom and bust arc of this region in the mid-twentieth century and the constantly evolving representations of an exotic—but safe and domesticated—frontier and the landscape, regional development, and diverse cultures of Arizona and the Southwest.

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An Arizona Chronology

Statehood, 1913–1936

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An Arizona Chronology

The Territorial Years, 1846–1912

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The Politics of Water in Arizona

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The Vertebrates of Arizona

With Major Section on Arizona Habitats

Edited by Charles H. Lowe
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The Clifton-Morenci Strike

Labor Difficulty in Arizona, 1915–1916

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Friars, Soldiers, and Reformers

Hispanic Arizona and the Sonora Mission Frontier, 1767–1856

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Mission of Sorrows

Jesuit Guevavi and the Pimas, 1691–1767

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John Spring's Arizona

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The Sonoran Desert

Its Geography, Economy, and People

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Spanish Colonial Tucson

A Demographic History

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Forging the Copper Collar

Arizona's Labor-Management War of 1901–1921

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Northern New Spain

A Research Guide

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The Mollusks of the Arid Southwest

With an Arizona Check List

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Ceramic Ethnoarchaeology

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People of the Desert and Sea

Ethnobotany of the Seri Indians

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Sonoran Strongman

Ignacio Pesqueira and His Times

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Life and Labor on the Border

Working People of Northeastern Sonora, Mexico, 1886–1986

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This book traces the development of the urban working class in northern Sonora over the period of a century. Drawing on an extensive collection of life histories over several generations, Heyman describes what has happened to families as people have left the countryside to work for American-owned companies in northern Sonora or to cross the border to find other employment.

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With the River on Our Face

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Emmy Pérez’s With the River on Our Face flows through the Southwest and the Texas borderlands to the river’s mouth in the Rio Grande Valley/El Valle. The poems celebrate the land, communities, and ecology of the borderlands while merging and diverging like the iconic river in this long-awaited collection.

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Indian Pilgrims

Indigenous Journeys of Activism and Healing with Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

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Ancient Plants and People

Contemporary Trends in Archaeobotany

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Ancient Plants and People is a timely discussion of the global perspectives on archaeobotany and the rich harvest of knowledge it yields. Contributors examine the importance of plants to human culture over time and geographic regions and what it teaches of humans, their culture, and their landscapes.

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Critical Indigenous Studies

Engagements in First World Locations

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Dodger Blue Will Fill Your Soul

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A collection of short stories from the skirt edge of Latino Los Angeles, revealing the space between stereotypes.

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Stealing the Gila

The Pima Agricultural Economy and Water Deprivation, 1848-1921

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Discovering Paquimé

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Based on a half century of modern research since the Joint Casas Grades Project, this book explores the recent discoveries about important site and its neighbors. Drawing the expertise of fourteen  scholars from the U.S., Mexico , and Canada, who have long worked in the region, the chapters revel new insights about Paquime and its influence, bringing this fascinating place and its story to light.

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The Northern Rockies

A Fire Survey

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The Northern Rockies are one of three major hearths for America’s fire culture. They hold a major fire laboratory, an equipment development center, an aerial fire depot, and a social engagement with fire—even a literature. Missoula is to fire in the big backcountry what Tallahassee is to prescribed burning and what Southern California is to urban-wildland hybrids. On its margins, Boise hosts the National Interagency Fire Center. In this structured collection of essays on the region, Stephen J. Pyne explores what makes the Northern Rockies distinctive and what sets it apart from other regions of the country. Surprisingly, perhaps, the story is equally one of big bureaucracies and of generations that encounter the region’s majestic landscapes through flame.

The Northern Rockies is part of the multivolume series describing the nation’s fire scene region by region. The volumes in To the Last Smoke also cover Florida, the Northern Rockies, the Great Plains, the Southwest, and several other critical fire regions. The series serves as an important punctuation point to Pyne’s 50-year career with wildland fire—both as a firefighter and a fire scholar. These unique surveys of regional pyrogeography are Pyne’s way of “keeping with it to the end,” encompassing the directive from his rookie season to stay with every fire “to the last smoke.”

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The Southwest

A Fire Survey

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Through a mixture of journalism, history, and literary imagination, fire expert Stephen J. Pyne provides a lively survey of what makes this region distinctive, moving us beyond the usual conversations of science and policy. Pyne explores the Southwest’s sacred mountains, including the Jemez, Mogollon, Huachucas, and Kaibab; its sky islands, among them the Chiricahuas, Mount Graham, and Tanque Verde; and its famous rims and borders. Together, the essays provide a cross-section of how landscape fire looks in the early years of the 21st century, what is being done to manage it, and how fire connects with other themes of southwestern life and culture.

The Southwest is part of the multivolume series describing the nation’s fire scene region by region. The volumes in To the Last Smoke also cover California, the Northern Rockies, the Great Plains, Florida, and several other critical fire regions. The series serves as an important punctuation point to Pyne’s 50-year career with wildland fire—both as a firefighter and a fire scholar. These unique surveys of regional pyrogeography are Pyne’s way of “keeping with it to the end,” encompassing the directive from his rookie season to stay with every fire “to the last smoke.”
 

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Learning the Possible

Mexican American Students Moving from the Margins of Life to New Ways of Being

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Learning the Possible chronicles the experiences of five academically underprepared Mexican American students in their first year of college, aided by a federally funded one-year scholarship and support program called the College Assistance Migrant Program. CAMP works, says Reyes, and does so primarily by helping students develop new identities as successful learners.

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Archaeological Anthropology

Perspectives on Method and Theory

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In this collection, four generations of Longacre protégés show how they are building upon and developing—but also modifying—the theoretical paradigm that remains at the core of Americanist archaeology. The contributions focus on six themes prominent in Longacre’s career: the intellectual history of the field in the late twentieth century, archaeological methodology, analogical inference, ethnoarchaeology, cultural evolution, and reconstructing ancient society.

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Object and Apparition

Envisioning the Christian Divine in the Colonial Andes

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Based on thorough archival research combined with stunning visual analysis, Maya Stanfield-Mazzi demonstrates that Andeans were active agents in Catholic image-making and created a particularly Andean version of Catholicism. Object and Apparition describes the unique features of Andean Catholicism while illustrating its connections to both Spanish and Andean cultural traditions.

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Beyond Germs

Native Depopulation in North America

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Beyond Germs: Native Depopulation in North America challenges the hypothesis that the massive depopulation of the New World was primarily caused by diseases brought by Europeans, which scholars used for decades to explain the decimation of the indigenous peoples of North America. Contributors expertly argue that blaming germs downplays the active role of Europeans in inciting wars, destroying livelihoods, and erasing identities.

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The Learned Ones

Nahua Intellectuals in Postconquest Mexico

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In The Learned Ones Kelly S. McDonough gives sustained attention to the complex nature of Nahua intellectualism and writing from the colonial period through the present day. This collaborative ethnography shows the heterogeneity of Nahua knowledge and writing, as well as indigenous experiences in Mexico.

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The Tropical Deciduous Forest of Alamos

Biodiversity of a Threatened Ecosystem in Mexico

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