Folk Mammalogy of the Northern Pimans / Edition 1

Folk Mammalogy of the Northern Pimans / Edition 1

by Amadeo M. Rea
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816516634

ISBN-13: 9780816516636

Pub. Date: 10/01/1998

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

Knowledge held about animals by Pima-speaking Native Americans of Arizona and northwest Mexico is intimately entwined with their way of life—a way that is fading from memory as beavers and wolves vanish also from the Southwest. Ethnobiologist Amadeo Rea has conducted extensive fieldwork among the Northern Pimans and here shares what these people know

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Knowledge held about animals by Pima-speaking Native Americans of Arizona and northwest Mexico is intimately entwined with their way of life—a way that is fading from memory as beavers and wolves vanish also from the Southwest. Ethnobiologist Amadeo Rea has conducted extensive fieldwork among the Northern Pimans and here shares what these people know about mammals and how mammals affect their lives. Rea describes the relationship of the River Pima, Tohono O'odham (Papago), Pima Bajo, and Mountain Pima to the furred creatures of their environment: how they are named and classified, hunted, prepared for consumption, and incorporated into myth. He also identifies associations between mammals and Piman notions of illness by establishing correlations between the geographical distribution of mammals and ideas regarding which animals do or do not cause staying sickness. This information reveals how historical and ecological factors can directly influence the belief systems of a people. At the heart of the book are detailed species accounts that relate Piman knowledge of the bats, rabbits, rodents, carnivores, and hoofed mammals in their world, encompassing creatures ranging from deer mouse to mule deer, cottontail to cougar. Rea has been careful to emphasize folk knowledge in these accounts by letting the Pimans tell their own stories about mammals, as related in transcribed conversations. This wide-reaching study encompasses an area from the Rio Yaqui to the Gila River and the Gulf of California to the Sierra Madre Occidental and incorporates knowledge that goes back three centuries. Folk Mammalogy of the Northern Pimans preserves that knowledge for scholars and Pimans alike and invites all interested readers to see natural history through another people's eyes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816516636
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Pages:
285
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
Introduction
Pt. 1Mammals in Piman Culture
1The Northern Pimans and Their Country3
2An Overview of Folk Taxonomy21
3Mammals and Staying Sickness28
4Hunting46
5Hunting Implements71
6Game Preparation and Cooking82
7Mammalian Anatomy95
8Old World Mammals and Changes in Piman Culture103
Pt. 2Piman Mammals
Plan of the Folk Generics (Biological Species Accounts)123
Order Chiroptera, Bats128
Order Lagomorpha, Rabbits and Hares133
Order Rodentia, Rodents146
Order Carnivora, Carnivores189
Order Artiodactyla, Hoofed Mammals233
App. AFolk Mammalogy Checklist261
App. BCircus and Zoo Mammals262
App. CSome Upper Piman Men's Names Relating to Mammals263
App. DOrthography: The Sounds of Akimel and Tohono O'odham264
Bibliography265
Index275

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