Folk Mammalogy of the Northern Pimans / Edition 1

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Fascinating . . . an informative book, well contextualized within a meaningful, coherent framework." —Journal of Arid Environments"Rea has raised the bar on standards for ethnobiological study and reporting. . . With a lengthy bibliography, useful appendices, good maps, and an excellent index, he has written a book that in every way is a model for its kind." —Royal Anthropological Institute

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816516636
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Amadeo M. Rea is an ethnobiologist and ornithologist who has conducted research on the Gila River Indian Reservation over a period of thirty years. He is also the author of Once a River: Bird Life and Habitat Changes on the Middle Gila

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
Introduction
Pt. 1 Mammals in Piman Culture
1 The Northern Pimans and Their Country 3
2 An Overview of Folk Taxonomy 21
3 Mammals and Staying Sickness 28
4 Hunting 46
5 Hunting Implements 71
6 Game Preparation and Cooking 82
7 Mammalian Anatomy 95
8 Old World Mammals and Changes in Piman Culture 103
Pt. 2 Piman Mammals
Plan of the Folk Generics (Biological Species Accounts) 123
Order Chiroptera, Bats 128
Order Lagomorpha, Rabbits and Hares 133
Order Rodentia, Rodents 146
Order Carnivora, Carnivores 189
Order Artiodactyla, Hoofed Mammals 233
App. A Folk Mammalogy Checklist 261
App. B Circus and Zoo Mammals 262
App. C Some Upper Piman Men's Names Relating to Mammals 263
App. D Orthography: The Sounds of Akimel and Tohono O'odham 264
Bibliography 265
Index 275
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