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Down Country: The Tano of the Galisteo Basin, 1250-1782
     

Down Country: The Tano of the Galisteo Basin, 1250-1782

by Lucy R. Lippard, Edward Ranney (Photographer)
 

The Galisteo Basin is an ancient seabed, site of volcanic upheaval. The fertile basin provided temporary hunting and farming grounds for wanderers, and then became the home of Pueblo people who survived drought, warfare, disease, and invasion for almost a thousand years before the arrival of the Spanish. Down Country is the history of five centuries of the

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The Galisteo Basin is an ancient seabed, site of volcanic upheaval. The fertile basin provided temporary hunting and farming grounds for wanderers, and then became the home of Pueblo people who survived drought, warfare, disease, and invasion for almost a thousand years before the arrival of the Spanish. Down Country is the history of five centuries of the Southern Tewa Pueblo Indian culture that rose, faltered, reasserted itself, and ultimately, perished in the Galisteo. The basin, twenty-two miles south of Santa Fe, is widely regarded as one of the richest archaeological regions of the country. It is unknown where the Galisteo Basin's very first permanent settlers came from, nor the exact origins of the Tano, or Southern Tewa. The Indians of the northern Rio Grande referred to the basin as the "Down Country Place" or "Place Near the Sun." Into this place the Tano Indians entered about 1250 AD and for three centuries made the place a center for culture and trade before they were finally expelled by the Spanish in 1782. Their story is a powerful human history that is a microcosm of New Mexico's dramatic, complex history of pre-European settlement and post-Spanish occupation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780890135662
Publisher:
Museum of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
06/28/2010
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

Lucy R. Lippard is an art and culture critic. She is author of numerous books including Mixed Blessings: New Art in a Multicultural America and The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society (both published by the New Press) and contributor to Nuevo México Profundo: Rituals of an Indo-Hispano Homeland (Museum of New Mexico Press).

Edward Ranney's photographs have been exhibited internationally and have appeared in numerous publications including Monuments of the Incas (Thames & Hudson), The New World's Old World: Photographic Views of Ancient America (University of New Mexico Press), and Through the Lens: Creating Santa Fe (Museum of New Mexico Press).

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