Christopher W Schwartz

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Birds of the Sun

Macaws and People in the U.S. Southwest and Mexican Northwest

The University of Arizona Press

The multiple vivid colors of scarlet macaws and their ability to mimic human speech are key reasons they were and are significant to the Native peoples of the U.S. Southwest and Mexican Northwest. Although the birds’ natural habitat is the tropical forests of Mexico and Central and South America, they were present at multiple archaeological sites in the region yet absent at the vast majority. Leading experts in southwestern archaeology explore the reasons why.

  • Publication year: 2022
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