History Is in the Land Multivocal Tribal Traditions in Arizona's San Pedro Valley
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Description: 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.
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Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 4/27/2006
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh is the curator of anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
|List of Figures|
|List of Tables|
|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|