History Is in the Land Multivocal Tribal Traditions in Arizona's San Pedro Valley

ISBN-10: 0816525668
ISBN-13: 9780816525669
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 4/27/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Arizona's San Pedro Valley is a natural corridor through which generations of native peoples have traveled for more than 12,000 years, and today many tribes consider it to be part of their ancestral homeland. This book explores the multiple cultural meanings, historical interpretations, and cosmological values of this extraordinary region by combining archaeological and historical sources with the ethnographic perspectives of four contemporary tribes: Tohono O'odham, Hopi, Zuni, and San Carlos Apache. Previous research in the San Pedro Valley has focused on scientific archaeology and documentary history, with a conspicuous absence of indigenous voices, yet Native Americans maintain oral traditions that provide an anthropological context for interpreting the history and archaeology of the valley. The San Pedro Ethnohistory Project was designed to redress this situation by visiting archaeological sites, studying museum collections, and interviewing tribal members to collect traditional histories. The information it gathered is arrayed in this book along with archaeological and documentary data to interpret the histories of Native American occupation of the San Pedro Valley. This work provides an example of the kind of interdisciplinary and politically conscious work made possible when Native Americans and archaeologists collaborate to study the past. As a methodological case study, it clearly articulates how scholars can work with Native American stakeholders to move beyond confrontations over who "owns" the past, yielding a more nuanced, multilayered, and relevant archaeology.

Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh is the curator of anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

List of Figures
List of Tables
Foreword
Acknowledgments
One Valley, Many Histories: An Introduction
Landscapes as History and Sites as Monuments: A Theoretical Perspective
Place and History in the San Pedro Valley: An Archaeological Frame of Reference
Our Cousins to the East: O'Odham Traditions in the San Pedro Valley
"Ang kuktota": Hopi Footprints in the San Pedro Valley
The Lost Others: Zuni Ancestors Who Journeyed South
Landscapes of a Living Past: Places of Western Apache History
From an Anthropologist's Notebook: Museums as Memorials and Encounters with Native American History
Expanding Knowledge with Collaborative Research: Conclusions
Catalog of Artifacts Studied at the Amerind Foundation Museum
Catalog of Artifacts Studied at the Arizona State Museum
References Cited
Index

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