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Stealing Shining Rivers

Agrarian Conflict, Market Logic, and Conservation in a Mexican Forest

The University of Arizona Press

Named Best Social Sciences Book (Latin American Studies Association, Mexico Section), this book describes how Chimalapas, a rainforest in Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca, was appropriated and redefined by environmentalists. Molly Doane demonstrates that good intentions are not always enough to produce results that benefit both a habitat and its many different types of indigenous inhabitants.

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Time Commences in Xibalbá

By Luis de Lión; Translated by Nathan C. Henne; Afterword by Arturo Arias
The University of Arizona Press

Time Commences in Xibalbá tells the story of a violent village crisis in Guatemala sparked by the return of a prodigal son, Pascual. He had been raised tough by a poor, single mother in the village before going off with the military. When Pascual comes back, he is changed—both scarred and “enlightened” by his experiences. To his eyes, the village has remained frozen in time. After experiencing alternative cultures in the wider world, he finds that he is both comforted and disgusted by the village’s lingering “indigenous” characteristics.

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Crow-Omaha

New Light on a Classic Problem of Kinship Analysis

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Why do people in a few societies scattered around the globe call relatives of different generations by the same terms? This question has perplexed anthropologists since 1871. A successor to the landmark 1998 book Transformations of Kinship, this volume includes the latest work on the “Crow-Omaha problem” from the world’s leading scholars.

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The Colorado Plateau V

Research, Environmental Planning, and Management for Collaborative Conservation

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This volume, the fifth from the University of Arizona Press and the tenth overall, focuses on adaptation of resource management and conservation to climate change and water scarcity, protecting biodiversity through restructured energy policies, ensuring wildlife habitat connectivity across barriers, building effective conservation networks, and exploring new opportunities for education and leadership in conservation science.
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Rim Country Exodus

A Story of Conquest, Renewal, and Race in the Making

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Herman examines the complex, contradictory, and very human relations between Indians, settlers, and Federal agents in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Arizona—a time that included Arizona’s brutal Indian wars. But while most tribal histories stay within the borders of the reservation, Herman also chronicles how Indians who left the reservation helped build a modern state with dams, hydroelectricity, roads, and bridges. With thoughtful detail and incisive analysis, Herman discusses the complex web of interactions between Apache, Yavapai, and Anglos that surround every aspect of the story.

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High Country Summers

The Early Second Homes of Colorado, 1880–1940

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High Country Summers considers the emergence of the “summer home” in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains as both an architectural and a cultural phenomenon. Writing with affection and insight, Melanie Shellenbarger shows that these summer residences crossed boundaries of class, race, and gender—and helped shape our ideas about the American West.
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Forced Marches

Soldiers and Military Caciques in Modern Mexico

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Forced Marches is a collection of innovative essays that analyze the influence of the military and militias in the century that followed Mexican independence. Contributors from the U.S. and the U.K. employ the “new military history” to engage with recent scholarship on the early national period, the Reform, the Porfiriato, and the Revolution.

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Corpse Whale

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A self-proclaimed, “vessel in which stories are told from time immemorial,” poet dg nanouk okpik seamlessly melds both traditional and contemporary narrative, setting her apart from her peers. The result is a collection of poems that are steeped in the perspective of an Inuit of the twenty-first century—a perspective that is fresh, vibrant, and rarely seen in contemporary poetics.

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Hell of a Vision

Regionalism and the Modern American West

The University of Arizona Press

Focusing on the American West from the 1890s to the present, Richard Dorman provides a wide-ranging view of the impact of regionalist ideas in pop culture and diverse fields such as geography, land-use planning, anthropology, journalism, and environmental policy-making.

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A New Deal for Native Art

Indian Arts and Federal Policy, 1933-1943

The University of Arizona Press

Available for the first time in paperback!

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A Place All Our Own

Lives Entwined in a Desert Garden

The University of Arizona Press

Intertwined Lives is the delightful tale of creating a very special garden in one of the most extreme climates in the inhabited world. Told with wit and obvious affection, it will appeal to anyone who enjoys the pleasures of gardening—and everyone who enjoys a well-told, true-life nature tale.

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Comparative Indigeneities of the Américas

Toward a Hemispheric Approach

The University of Arizona Press

Comparative Indigeneities of the Américas highlights intersecting themes such as indigenismo, mestizaje, migration, displacement, autonomy, sovereignty, borders, spirituality, and healing that have historically shaped the experiences of Native peoples across the Américas. In doing so, it promotes a broader understanding of the relationships between Native communities in the United States and Canada and those in Latin America and the Caribbean and invites a hemispheric understanding of the relationships between Native and mestiza/o peoples.

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Matrons and Maids

Regulating Indian Domestic Service in Tucson, 1914–1934

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This book recounts the fascinating story of the placing of Native American girls into the homes of white families for domestic service during their summer vacations from boarding schools run by the federal Office of Indian Affairs. It complicates our picture of “women’s work” and the complex involvement of white women as agents of colonization.

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Full Foreground

The University of Arizona Press

Tejada’s innovative work dramatically widens the scope of Latina/o literature, showing us exactly it can accomplish. The poems move very much like a three-act play, in which the first act is one of origins; the second, a staging of desire; and the third, a symbiosis. These acts magnify one another when unified. Each poem within the collection positions itself within the avant-garde, in which the artful use of language aims to dazzle, surprise, and enliven. The poems dance by, preserving a tension between hurry and delay, momentum and stasis, and every line is like a newly launched firecracker, sending out startling patterns of spark and flare.

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Butterfly Moon

Short Stories

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Butterfly Moon is a collection of short stories based on folk tales from around the world. But the stories freely mingle fantasy and reality, witches and tricksters and everyday folks. Compellingly and poetically recounted, these enjoyably disturbing tales lead us to question what is real—and why reality matters.

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Pregnancy, Motherhood, and Choice in Twentieth-Century Arizona

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Mary Melcher’s Pregnancy, Motherhood, and Choice in Twentieth-Century Arizona provides a deep and diverse history of the dramatic changes in childbirth, birth control, infant mortality, and abortion over the course of the last century. Using oral histories, memoirs, newspaper accounts, government documents, letters, photos, and biographical collections, this fine-grained study of women’s reproductive health places the voices of real women at the forefront of the narrative, providing a personal view into some of the most intense experiences of their lives.

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With Blood in Their Eyes

The University of Arizona Press

A thrilling new novel from the author of Crazy Heart.

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The Gulf of California

Biodiversity and Conservation

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Ecology and Conservation of the San Pedro River

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Walking the Land, Feeding the Fire

Knowledge and Stewardship Among the Tlicho Dene

The University of Arizona Press

For the Tlicho Dene, Indigenous peoples of Canada's Northwest Territories, stories from the past unfold as experiences in the present, so unfolds a philosophy for the future. This book vividly shows how Indigenous knowledge is produced and rooted in the land.

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We Will Secure Our Future

Empowering the Navajo Nation

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Sea Turtles of the Eastern Pacific

Advances in Research and Conservation

The University of Arizona Press
The oceanographic conditions that make this an epicenter of sea turtle activity promote massive artisanal and industrial fishing efforts that, coupled with illegal harvesting of eggs and turtles, have led to declines of several turtle populations in the region. The essays and stories in Sea Turtles of the Eastern Pacific describe for the first time the history of this exploitation, as well as recent sea turtle conservation initiatives and scientific research in the region.
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Eating the Landscape

American Indian Stories of Food, Identity, and Resilience

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Red Medicine

Traditional Indigenous Rites of Birthing and Healing

The University of Arizona Press

The book explores Indigenous medicine across North America, with a special emphasis on how Indigenous knowledge has endured and persisted among peoples with a legacy to Mexico.

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Looking North

Writings from Spanish America on the US, 1800 to the Present

The University of Arizona Press

Editors John J. Hassett and Braulio Muñoz present a collection of writings that provides a look into the ways in which Spanish America has viewed its northern neighbor over the past two centuries.

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Nikkei in the Interior West

Japanese Immigration and Community Building, 1882–1945

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Constructing Citizenship

Transnational Workers and Revolution on the Mexico-Guatemala Border, 1880--1950

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The Only One Living to Tell

The Autobiography of a Yavapai Indian

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Red Weather

The University of Arizona Press

Against the backdrop of Central American politics, this suspenseful first novel from award-winning poet Janet McAdams explores an important chapter in American Indian history. Through finely drawn, compelling characters and lucidly beautiful prose, Red Weather explores the journey from loss to possibility, from the secrets of the past to the longings of the present.

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I Don't Cry, But I Remember

A Mexican Immigrant's Story of Endurance

The University of Arizona Press

In I Don’t Cry, But I Remember, Joyce Lackie shares with us an intimate portrait of Viviana Salgeuro’s life. Based on hours of recorded conversations, Lackie skillfully translates the interviews into an engaging, revealing narrative that details the migrant experience from a woman’s point of view and fills a gap in our history by examining the role of women of color in the American Southwest.

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Cell Traffic

New and Selected Poems

The University of Arizona Press

Cell Traffic presents new poems and uncollected prose poetry along with selected work from award-winning poet Heid Erdrich’s three previous poetry collections. Erdrich’s new work reflects her continuing concerns with the tensions between science and tradition, between spirit and body. She finds surprising common ground while exploring indigenous experience in multifaceted ways: personal, familial, biological, and cultural.


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Western Avenue and Other Fictions

The University of Arizona Press

In this soulful collection of short stories, Arroyo shows us internal and external conflicts that are deeply rooted in—and affected by—place. A bodega, a university town, a factory, a Chicago street, some dusty potato fields: here is where we encounter ordinary people who work, dream, love, and persist in the face of violence, bereavement, disappointment, and loss—particularly the loss of mothers, fathers, and loved ones.

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Reimagining Marginalized Foods

Global Processes, Local Places

The University of Arizona Press

This volume brings together ethnographically based anthropological analyses of shifting meanings and representations associated with the foods, ingredients, and cooking practices that of marginalized and/or indigenous cultures. Contributors are particularly interested in how these foods intersect with politics, nationhood and governance, identity, authenticity, and conservation.

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Walking the Clouds

An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction

Edited by Grace L. Dillon
The University of Arizona Press

A groundbreaking anthology of indigenous science fiction.

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Hogs, Mules, and Yellow Dogs

Growing Up on a Mississippi Subsistence Farm

By Jimmye Hillman; Foreword by Robert Hass
The University of Arizona Press

To ensure that the world of Jimmye Hillman’s childhood in Greene County, Mississippi during the Great Depression doesn’t slip away, he has gathered together accounts of his family and the other people of Old Washington village. More than just childhood memories and a family saga, though, this book serves as a snapshot of the natural, historical, and linguistic details of the time and place. It is a remarkable record of Southern life.

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Outside the Hacienda Walls

The Archaeology of Plantation Peonage in Nineteenth-Century Yucatán

The University of Arizona Press

Drawing on a dozen years of archaeological and historical investigation, Allan Meyers breaks new ground in the study of Yucatán haciendas. He presents original data and fresh interpretations on settlement organization, social stratification, and spatial relationships.

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The New Politics of Protest

Indigenous Mobilization in Latin America's Neoliberal Era

The University of Arizona Press
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