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Founded in 1965, the University Press of Colorado is a nonprofit cooperative publishing enterprise supported, in part, by Adams State University, Colorado State University, Fort Lewis College, Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Colorado, University of Northern Colorado, University of Wyoming, Utah State University, and Western Colorado University.

In 2012, University Press of Colorado merged with Utah State University Press, which was established in 1972. USU Press titles are managed as an active imprint of University Press of Colorado, and they maintain offices in both Louisville, Colorado, and Logan, Utah.

The University Press of Colorado, including the Utah State University Press imprint, publishes forty to forty-five new titles each year, with the goal of facilitating communication among scholars and providing the peoples of the state and region with a fair assessment of their histories, cultures, and resources.

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Becoming Colorado

The Centennial State in 100 Objects

University Press of Colorado

In Becoming Colorado, historian William Wei paints a vivid portrait of Colorado history using 100 of the most striking artifacts from Colorado’s history.

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Remembering Lucile

A Virginia Family's Rise from Slavery and a Legacy Forged a Mile High

University Press of Colorado

Author Polly McLean depicts the rise of the African American middle class through the story of Lucile Berkeley Buchanan Jones—CU's true first black graduate—and her family, from slavery in northern Virginia to middle-class life in the American West.

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The Archaeology of Greater Nicoya

Two Decades of Research in Nicaragua and Costa Rica

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Gold Metal Waters

The Animas River and the Gold King Mine Spill

University Press of Colorado

Gold Metal Waters presents a uniquely inter- and transdisciplinary examination into the August 2015 Gold King Mine spill in Silverton, Colorado, when more than three million gallons of subterranean mine water, carrying 880,000 pounds of heavy metals, spilled into a tributary of the Animas River.

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Engaged Archaeology in the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico

University Press of Colorado

This volume of proceedings from the fifteenth biennial Southwest Symposium makes the case for engaged archaeology, an approach that considers scientific data and traditional Indigenous knowledge alongside archaeological theories and methodologies.

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Bound by Steel and Stone

The Colorado-Kansas Railway and the Frontier of Enterprise in Colorado, 1890-1960

University Press of Colorado

Bound by Steel and Stone analyzes the Colorado-Kansas Railway through the economic enterprise in the American West in the decades after the supposed 1890 closing of the frontier.

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Profiting from the Peak

Landscape and Liberty in Colorado Springs

University Press of Colorado

In Profiting from the Peak, geographer John Harner surveys the events and socioeconomic conditions that formed the city, analyzing the built landscape to offer insight into the origins of its urban forms and spatial layout, focusing particularly on historic downtown architecture and public spaces.

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The Mountaineer Site

A Folsom Winter Camp in the Rockies

University Press of Colorado

The Mountaineer Site presents over a decade’s worth of archaeological research conducted at Mountaineer, a Paleoindian campsite in Colorado’s Upper Gunnison Basin.

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Maya Gods of War

University Press of Colorado

Maya Gods of War investigates the Classic period Maya gods who were associated with weapons of war and the flint and obsidian from which those weapons were made.
 

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The Greater Chaco Landscape

Ancestors, Scholarship, and Advocacy

University Press of Colorado

The Greater Chaco Landscape examines both the imminent threat posed by energy extraction and new ways of understanding Chaco Canyon⁠ and Chaco-era great houses and associated communities from southeast Utah to west-central New Mexico in the context of landscape archaeology.

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Stone Houses and Earth Lords

Maya Religion in the Cave Context

University Press of Colorado

Stone Houses and Earth Lords is the first volume dedicated exclusively to the use of caves in the Maya Lowlands, covering primarily Classic Period archaeology from A.D. 100 through the Spaniards' arrival. Although the caves that riddled the lowlands show no signs of habitation, most contain evidence of human use - evidence that suggests that they functioned as ritual spaces.

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Chuj (Mayan) Narratives

Folklore, History, and Ethnography from Northwestern Guatemala

University Press of Colorado

In Chuj (Mayan) Narratives, Nicholas Hopkins analyzes six narratives that illustrate the breadth of the Chuj storytelling tradition, from ancient mythology to current events and from intimate tales of local affairs to borrowed stories, such as an adaptation of Oedipus Rex.

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Where the Red-Winged Blackbirds Sing

The Akimel O’odham and Cycles of Agricultural Transformation in the Phoenix Basin

University Press of Colorado

Where the Red-Winged Blackbirds Sing examines the ways in which the Akimel O’odham (“River People”) and their ancestors, the Huhugam, adapted to economic, political, and environmental constraints imposed by federal Indian policy, the Indian Bureau, and an encroaching settler population in Arizona’s Gila River Valley.

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West : Fire : Archive

University Press of Colorado, Center for Literary Publishing

A poetry collection that challenges preconceived, androcentric ideas about biography, autobiography, and history fueled by the western myth of progress presented in Frederick Jackson Turner’s “frontier thesis.”

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Southeastern Mesoamerica

Indigenous Interaction, Resilience, and Change

University Press of Colorado

Southeastern Mesoamerica highlights the diversity and dynamism of the Indigenous groups that inhabited and continue to inhabit the borders of Southeastern Mesoamerica, an area that includes parts of present-day Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

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Why Those Who Shovel Are Silent

A History of Local Archaeological Knowledge and Labor

University Press of Colorado

Why Those Who Shovel Are Silent is based on six years of in-depth ethnographic work with current and former site workers at two major Middle Eastern archaeological sites—Petra, Jordan, and Çatalhöyük, Turkey—combined with thorough archival research.

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The Egyptian Mummies and Coffins of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

History, Technical Analysis, and Conservation

University Press of Colorado

The Egyptian Mummies and Coffins of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science provides replicable findings and consistent terminology for institutions performing holistic studies on extant museum collections of a range of material types and will add substantially to what we know about the effective conservation of Egyptian mummies and coffins.
 

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Mobility and Migration in Ancient Mesoamerican Cities

University Press of Colorado

Mobility and Migration in Ancient Mesoamerican Cities is the first focused book-length discussion of migration in central Mexico, west Mexico and the Maya region, presenting case studies on population movement in and among Classic, Epiclassic, and Postclassic Mesoamerican societies and polities within the framework of urbanization and de-urbanization.

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The Explorer's Guide to Death Valley National Park, Fourth Edition

University Press of Colorado

Originally published in 1995, soon after Death Valley National Park became the fifty-third park in the US park system, The Explorer’s Guide to Death Valley National Park was the first complete guidebook available for this spectacular area.

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Ancient Households on the North Coast of Peru

University Press of Colorado

Ancient Households on the North Coast of Peru provides insight into the organization of complex, urban, and state-level society in the region from a household perspective, using observations from diverse north coast households to generate new understandings of broader social processes in and beyond Andean prehistory.
 

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Energy Impacts

A Multidisciplinary Exploration of North American Energy Development

University Press of Colorado

Energy Impacts brings together important new research on site-level social, economic, and behavioral impacts from large-scale energy development.

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Pueblos, Plains, and Province

New Mexico in the Seventeenth Century

University Press of Colorado

In Pueblos, Plains, and Province Joseph P. Sánchez offers an in-depth examination of sociopolitical conflict in seventeenth-century New Mexico, detailing the effects of Spanish colonial policies on settlers’, missionaries’, and Indigenous peoples’ struggle for economic and cultural control of the region.

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Sorcery in Mesoamerica

University Press of Colorado

Approaching sorcery as highly rational and rooted in significant social and cultural values, Sorcery in Mesoamerica examines and reconstructs the original indigenous logic behind it, analyzing manifestations from the Classic Maya to the ethnographic present.

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Finding Solace in the Soil

An Archaeology of Gardens and Gardeners at Amache

University Press of Colorado

Finding Solace in the Soil tells the largely unknown story of the gardens of Amache, the War Relocation Authority incarceration camp in Colorado.

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Shamanism and Vulnerability on the North and South American Great Plains

University Press of Colorado

In Shamanism and Vulnerability on the North and South American Great Plains Kathleen Bolling Lowrey provides an innovative and expansive study of indigenous shamanism and the ways in which it has been misinterpreted and dismissed by white settlers, NGO workers, policymakers, government administrators, and historians and anthropologists.

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The Poetics of Processing

Memory Formation, Identity, and the Handling of the Dead

University Press of Colorado

The Poetics of Processing combines social theory and bioarchaeology to examine how the living manipulate the bodies of the dead for social purposes.

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Forced Out

A Nikkei Woman’s Search for a Home in America

University Press of Colorado

Forced Out: A Nikkei Woman’s Search for a Home in America offers insight into “voluntary evacuation,” a little-known Japanese American experience during World War II, and the lasting effects of cultural trauma.

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Traditional Navajo Teachings

The Natural World

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Representing Aztec Ritual

Performance, Text, and Image in the Work of Sahagun

University Press of Colorado

Arriving in Mexico less than a decade after the Spanish conquest of 1521, the Franciscan missionary Bernardino de Sahagún not only labored to supplant native religion with Christianity, he also gathered voluminous information on virtually every aspect of Aztec (Nahua) life in contact-period Mexico. Sahagún's remarkably detailed descriptions of Aztec ceremonial life offer the most extensive account of a non-Western ritual system recorded before modern times. Representing Aztec Ritual: Performance, Text, and Image in the Work of Sahagún uses Sahagún's corpus as a starting point to focus on ritual performance, a key element in the functioning of the Aztec world.

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Night Burial

University Press of Colorado, Center for Literary Publishing

In Night Burial, Kate Bolton Bonnici mourns her mother’s death from ovarian cancer by tracing the composition, decomposition, and recomposition of the maternal body in poetry.

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Dears, Beloveds

University Press of Colorado, Center for Literary Publishing

The prose poetry in Kevin Phan’s first collection, Dears, Beloveds, offers a fine-grained meditation on grief—personal, familial, ecological, and political. Informed by the author’s engagement with Buddhism & mindfulness, the poems address looming absences: in our vanishing earth, the scraps of a haunting voicemail, or waiting at hospice with little to do.

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Tezcatlipoca

Trickster and Supreme Deity

University Press of Colorado
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The Geology, Ecology, and Human History of the San Luis Valley

University Press of Colorado

The Geology, Ecology, and Human History of the San Luis Valley explores the rich landscapes and diverse social histories of the San Luis Valley, an impressive mountain valley spanning over 9,000 square miles that crosses the border of south-central Colorado and north-central New Mexico and includes many cultural traditions.

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Colorado Women in World War II

University Press of Colorado

In Colorado Women in World War II Gail M. Beaton interweaves nearly eighty oral histories—including interviews, historical studies, newspaper accounts, and organizational records—and historical photographs (many from the interviewees themselves) to shed light on women’s participation in the war, exploring the dangers and triumphs they felt, the nature of their work, and the lasting ways in which the war influenced their lives.

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Indigenous Dance and Dancing Indian

Contested Representation in the Global Era

University Press of Colorado

Focusing on the enactment of identity in dance, Indigenous Dance and Dancing Indian is a cross-cultural, cross-ethnic, and cross-national comparison of indigenous dance practices.

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Olmec Lithic Economy at San Lorenzo

University Press of Colorado

Olmec Lithic Economy at San Lorenzo examines the specialized craft production, manufacturing, adoption, and spread of obsidian cutting tools at San Lorenzo, Mexico, the first major Olmec center to develop in the southern Gulf Coast region of Mesoamerica.

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An Inconstant Landscape

The Maya Kingdom of El Zotz, Guatemala

University Press of Colorado

An Inconstant Landscape paints a complex picture of a dynamic landscape over the course of almost 2,000 years of occupation.

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The Rain Gods' Rebellion

The Cultural Basis of a Nahua Insurgency

University Press of Colorado

 Providing a rare longitudinal look at the cultural basis of this grassroots insurgency, The Rain Gods’ Rebellion offers rare insight into the significance of oral history in forming Nahua collective memory and, by extension, culture.

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Spirit Lands of the Eagle and Bear

Numic Archaeology and Ethnohistory in the Rocky Mountains and Borderlands

University Press of Colorado

Spirit Lands of the Eagle and Bear explores advances in the prehistory and early history of Numic hunter-gatherers in the Rocky Mountain West through the presentation and analysis of archaeological and historic research on the period from the earliest established presence in the Rockies and its borderlands more than a thousand years ago to the forced removal of Ute, Shoshone, and other tribes to reservations in the mid-nineteenth century.
 

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Ancient Southwestern Mortuary Practices

University Press of Colorado

Chronicles the modal patterns, diversity, and change of ancient mortuary practices from across the US Southwest and northwest Mexico over four thousand years of Prehispanic occupation.

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A Forest of History

The Maya after the Emergence of Divine Kingship

University Press of Colorado

Travis Stanton and Kathryn Brown’s A Forest of History: The Maya after the Emergence of Divine Kingship presents acollection of essays that critically engage with and build upon the lasting contributions A Forest of Kings made to Maya epigraphy, iconography, material culture, and history.

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Peter Fidler

From York Factory to the Rocky Mountains

Edited by Barbara Belyea
University Press of Colorado

This book presents Hudson’s Bay Company surveyor Peter Fidler’s journals, edited and extensively annotated by historian Barbara Belyea.

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America's Switzerland

Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, the Growth Years

University Press of Colorado

America's Switzerland, a companion volume to This Blue Hollow, is the first comprehensive history of Rocky Mountain National Park and its neighboring town, Estes Park, during the decades when travel became a middle-class rite of summer.

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Reshaping the World

Debates on Mesoamerican Cosmologies

Edited by Ana Díaz
University Press of Colorado

A nuanced exploration of the plurality, complexity, and adaptability of Precolumbian and colonial-era Mesoamerican cosmological models and the ways in which anthropologists and historians have used colonial and indigenous texts to understand these models in the past.

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Maya Potters' Indigenous Knowledge

Cognition, Engagement, and Practice

University Press of Colorado

Based on fieldwork and reflection over a period of almost fifty years, Maya Potters’ Indigenous Knowledge utilizes engagement theory to describe the indigenous knowledge of traditional Maya potters in Ticul, Yucatán, Mexico. In this heavily illustrated narrative account, Dean E. Arnold examines craftspeople’s knowledge and skills, their engagement with their natural and social environments, the raw materials they use for their craft, and their process for making pottery.

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Colorado Day by Day

University Press of Colorado

A readable, this-day-in-history approach to the key figures, developments, and forces that shaped Colorado from ancient times to the present.

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Pleas and Petitions

Hispano Culture and Legislative Conflict in Territorial Colorado

University Press of Colorado

Virginia Sánchez sheds new light on the political obstacles, cultural conflicts, and institutional racism experienced by Hispano legislators in the wake of the legal establishment of the Territory of Colorado.

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Hidden Out in the Open

Spanish Migration to the United States (1875-1930)

University Press of Colorado

The first English-language volume on Spanish migration to the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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The Minuses

University Press of Colorado, Center for Literary Publishing

The Minuses beckons attention to ecological and feminist issues, amplifying the endangerments predicating women’s lives and the natural world, laying bare the struggle and faith necessary to endure with integrity and spirit intact.
 

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