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The Great Plains

A Fire Survey

The University of Arizona Press

Volume 5 of To the Last Smoke introduces a region that once lay at the geographic heart of American fire and today promises to reclaim something of that heritage. After all these years, the Great Plains continue to bear witness to how fires can shape contemporary life, and vice versa. In this collection of essays, Stephen J. Pyne explores how this once most regularly and widely burned province of North America, composed of various sub-regions and peoples, has been shaped by the flames contained within it and what fire, both tame and feral, might mean for the future of its landscapes.

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A Land Apart

The Southwest and the Nation in the Twentieth Century

The University of Arizona Press

Spur Award Winner for Best Contemporary Nonfiction, A Land Apart is not just a cultural history of the modern Southwest—it is a complete rethinking and recentering of the key players and primary events marking the Southwest in the twentieth century. Historian Flannery Burke emphasizes policy over politicians, communities over individuals, and stories over simple narratives.

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Word Images

New Perspectives on Canícula and Other Works by Norma Elia Cantú

The University of Arizona Press

A collection of critical essays that for the first time unveil Norma Elia Cantú’s contribution as a folklorist, writer, scholar, and teacher. Word Images unites two valuable ways to view and use Cantú’s work: Part I comprises essays that individually examine Cantú’s oeuvre through critical analysis. Part II is dedicated to ideas and techniques to improve the use of this literature by teachers and professors, with a particular focus on tools for using Canícula.

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Crafting Wounaan Landscapes

Identity, Art, and Environmental Governance in Panama’s Darién

The University of Arizona Press

In Crafting Wounaan Landscapes, Julie Velásquez Runk upends long-standing assumptions about the people that call Panama's Darién home, and she demonstrates the agency of the Wounaan people to make their living and preserve and transform their way of life in the face of continuous and tremendous change. She unpacks environmental governance efforts that illustrate what happens when conservation is confronted with people in a purportedly peopleless place.

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Soldados Razos at War

Chicano Politics, Identity, and Masculinity in the U.S. Military from World War II to Vietnam

The University of Arizona Press

What were the catalysts that motivated Mexican American youth to enlist or readily accept their draft notice in World War II, Korea, or Vietnam? In Soldados Razos at War, historian and veteran Steven Rosales chronicles the experiences of Chicano servicemen who fought for the United States, explaining why these men served, how they served, and the impact of their service on their identity and political consciousness.

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The U.S.-Mexico Transborder Region

Cultural Dynamics and Historical Interactions

The University of Arizona Press
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The Winged

An Upper Missouri River Ethno-ornithology

The University of Arizona Press

The Winged integrates published and archival sources covering archaeology, ethnohistory, historical ethnography, folklore, and interviews with elders from the Blackfoot, Assiniboine, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, and Crow communities to explore how relationships between people and birds are situated in contemporary practice, and what has fostered its cultural persistence.

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Navajo Sovereignty

Understandings and Visions of the Diné People

Edited by Lloyd L. Lee; Foreword by Jennifer Nez Denetdale
The University of Arizona Press

A companion to Diné Perspectives: Revitalizing and Reclaiming Navajo Thought, each chapter of Navajo Sovereignty offers the contributors’ individual perspectives. This book discusses Western law’s view of Diné sovereignty, research, activism, creativity, and community, and Navajo sovereignty in traditional education. Above all, Lloyd L. Lee and the contributing scholars and community members call for the rethinking of Navajo sovereignty in a way more rooted in Navajo beliefs, culture, and values.

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Unsettling Mobility

Mediating Mi’kmaw Sovereignty in Post-contact Nova Scotia

The University of Arizona Press

Since contact, attempts by institutions such as the British Crown and the Catholic Church to assimilate indigenous peoples have served to mark those people as “Other” than the settler majority. In Unsettling Mobility, Michelle A. Lelièvre examines how mobility has complicated, disrupted, and—at times—served this contradiction at the core of the settler colonial project. Drawing on archaeological, ethnographic, and archival fieldwork conducted with the Pictou Landing First Nation—one of thirteen Mi’kmaw communities in Nova Scotia—Lelièvre argues that, for the British Crown and the Catholic Church, mobility has been required not only for the settlement of the colony but also for the management and conversion of the Mi’kmaq.

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Rethinking the Aztec Economy

The University of Arizona Press

Rethinking the Aztec Economy brings together leading scholars from multiple disciplines to thoroughly synthesize and examine the nature of goods and their movements across rural and urban landscapes in Mesoamerica. In so doing, they provide a new way of understanding society and economy in the Aztec empire.

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The Value of Things

Prehistoric to Contemporary Commodities in the Maya Region

The University of Arizona Press

The Value of Things examines the social and ritual value of commodities in Mesoamerica, providing a new and dynamic temporal view of the roles of trade of commodities and elite goods from the prehistoric Maya to the present. Well-known scholars examine the value of specific commodities in a broad time frame—from prehistoric, colonial, and historic times to the present.

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Foreign Objects

Rethinking Indigenous Consumption in American Archaeology

The University of Arizona Press

Foreign Objects demonstrates the breadth and vibrancy of contemporary archaeology. Taking a broad set of archaeological cases from across the Americas, editor Craig N. Cipolla and the volume contributors explore how indigenous communities have socialized foreign objects over time. The book critiques the artificial divide between prehistory and history, studying instead the long-term indigenous histories of consumption, a term typically associated with capitalism and modern-world colonialism.

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The U.S.-Mexico Transborder Region

Cultural Dynamics and Historical Interactions

The University of Arizona Press

Not a static entity, the transborder region is peopled by ever-changing groups who face the challenges of social inequality: political enforcement of privilege, economic subordination of indigenous communities, and organized resistance to domination. Editors Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez and Josiah Heyman envision this region as involving diverse and unequal social groups in dynamic motion over thousands of years. Thus the historical interaction of the U.S.-Mexico border, however massively unequal and powerful, is only the most recent manifestation of this longer history and common ecology.

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River Dialogues

Hindu Faith and the Political Ecology of Dams on the Sacred Ganga

The University of Arizona Press

In River Dialogues, Georgina Drew offers a detailed ethnographic engagement with the social movements contesting hydroelectric development on the Ganga River. The book examines how complex cultural politics succeeded in influencing an unprecedented reversal of government plans for three contested hydroelectric projects, and how that decision sparked ripples of discontent after being paired with the declaration of a conservation zone where the projects were situated. River Dialogues critically engages with the growing global advocacy of the “green economy” model for environmental stewardship.

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Behind the Mask

Gender Hybridity in a Zapotec Community

The University of Arizona Press

Combines historical analysis, ethnographic field research, and interviews conducted with los muxes of Juchitán, a hybrid third gender, over a period of seven years. Sociologist Alfredo Mirandé observed community events, attended muxe velas, and interviewed both muxes and other Juchitán residents. Prefaced by an overview of the study methods and sample, the book challenges the ideology of a male-dominated Mexican society driven by the cult of machismo, featuring photos alongside four appendixes.

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At the Border of Empires

The Tohono O'odham, Gender, and Assimilation, 1880-1934

The University of Arizona Press

The border between the United States and Mexico, established in 1853, passes through the territory of the Tohono O’odham peoples. This revealing book sheds light on Native American history as well as conceptions of femininity, masculinity, and empire.

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U.S. Central Americans

Reconstructing Memories, Struggles, and Communities of Resistance

The University of Arizona Press

U.S. Central Americans explores the shared yet distinctive experiences, histories, and cultures of 1.5-and second-generation Central Americans in the United States. While much has been written about U.S. and Central American military, economic, and political relations, this is the first book to articulate the rich and dynamic cultures, stories, and historical memories of Central American communities in the United States. Contributors to this anthology—often writing from their own experiences as members of this community—articulate U.S. Central Americans’ unique identities as they also explore the contradictions found within this multivocal group.

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Cooperatives, Grassroots Development, and Social Change

Experiences from Rural Latin America

The University of Arizona Press

Cooperatives, Grassroots Development, and Social Change presents examples from Paraguay, Brazil, and Colombia, examining what is necessary for smallholder agricultural cooperatives to support holistic community-based development in peasant communities. Reporting on successes and failures of these cooperative efforts, the contributors offer analyses and strategies for supporting collective grassroots interests. Illustrating how poverty and inequality affect rural people, they reveal how cooperative organizations can support grassroots development strategies while negotiating local contexts of inequality amid the broader context of international markets and global competition.

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After the Wildfire

Ten Years of Recovery from the Willow Fire

The University of Arizona Press

Naturalist John Alcock details the aftermath of a devastating wildfire in the lower reaches of Arizona’s Mazatzal Mountains. Documenting for a decade the chaparral landscape left in the wake of the Willow fire, Alcock thrills at the renewal of the region as he hikes in and photographs plants and animals in a once-blackened wildland now teeming with resurgent life.

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Postcards from the Sonora Border

Visualizing Place Through a Popular Lens, 1900s–1950s

The University of Arizona Press

Between 1900 and the late 1950s, Mexican border towns came of age both as centers of commerce and as tourist destinations. Postcards from the Sonora Border reveals how images—in this case the iconic postcard—shape the way we experience and think about place. Making use of his personal collection of historic images, Daniel D. Arreola captures the evolution of Sonoran border towns, creating a sense of visual “time travel” for the reader. Supported by maps and visual imagery, the author shares the geographical and historical story of five unique border towns—Agua Prieta, Naco, Nogales, Sonoyta, and San Luis Río Colorado.

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