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This insightful text examines the Neolithic revolution in the Levantine Near East and the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Based on thirty years of fieldwork, Simmons explores recent research and incorporates specific case studies of his own excavations. It's an invaluable resource for scholars and students of Near Easter archaeology and the origins of agriculture.
Edward H. Spicer was associated for many years with the Yaqui Indians of both Arizona and Sonora and came to be known as the leading scholarly authority on those people. People of Pascua, the second book he wrote about the Yaquis, presents sixteen life histories collected early in his research that tell what it meant to be a Native American and poor in the southwestern United States during the Great Depression.
With a clear emphasis on the Pacific Northwest's political economy, environmental history, and its cultural and social heritage, Nature's Northwest makes a lively and colorful history of this region within a national and international context. Impressive in their synthesis of myriad historical facts, renowned historian William G. Robbins and Katrine Barber have created an intricate portrait of the twentieth-century Northwest.
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.
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