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The Multicultural Southwest: A Reader

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As Americans debate what it means to be a multicultural society, one need only turn for lessons to the Southwest, where distinct peoples have coexisted over centuries. Here difference has not only survived but thrived in a melting pot of races and customs.

This book presents a montage of differing perspectives demonstrating that there is no single, definitive description of the Southwest. It brings together a host of writers, from early travelers and historians to contemporary ...

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Overview

As Americans debate what it means to be a multicultural society, one need only turn for lessons to the Southwest, where distinct peoples have coexisted over centuries. Here difference has not only survived but thrived in a melting pot of races and customs.

This book presents a montage of differing perspectives demonstrating that there is no single, definitive description of the Southwest. It brings together a host of writers, from early travelers and historians to contemporary commentators, who explore a region diverse in its people and ecology and show it to be not just a segment of the nation, but rather a border contact zone.

The editors have assembled an interdisciplinary composite, drawing on history, sociology, anthropology, and geography. Fiction, essays, poetry, newspaper articles, and interviews with local inhabitants add a colorful dimension to the coverage. All of the contributions reveal the tremendous impact that everyday occurrences can have and show how life in the Southwest is affected by the interweaving of social, cultural, and ecological forces. Together they demonstrate the role played by personal and cultural memory in creating alternative views of environment, landscape, human social interaction, conquest, dispossession, technological change, and the survival of cultures.

The Multicultural Southwest is a multifaceted work that shows the many ways in which the past continues to affect the present. It will create in readers an awareness of the phenomena that fuel human imagination and creativity as it opens their eyes to the possibilities of the future.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816522163
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 294
  • Sales rank: 808,980
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

A. Gabriel Meléndez is Professor and Chairman of the Department of American Studies at the University of New Mexico. M. Jane Young is Professor of American Studies and Regents Lecturer, both at the University of New Mexico. The Reverend Patricia Moore is affiliated with the Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa, California. Patrick Pynes is an environmental consultant at Northern Arizona University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
I Southwestern Views, Ethnic Angles 1
The Southwest: A Definition 3
The Golden Key to Wonderland 7
The Chicano Homeland 11
Dry Root in a Wash 22
Sky Looms: Texts of Transformation and Sacred Worlds 23
II Perceptions of the Other 41
Hopi Indian Ceremonies 43
Seeing with the Native Eye: How Many Sheep Will It Hold? 50
Romancing Mora 60
"You Don't Know Cows Like I Do": Twentieth-Century New Mexico Ranch Culture 71
III Native America 81
3 Am 83
Raisin Eyes 84
Remembering Tewa Pueblo Houses and Spaces 86
And Then I Went to School: Memories of a Pueblo Childhood 91
Ode to the Land: The Dine Perspective 97
"We're Not Extinct" 102
IV Hispano-Mestizo America 107
Milo Maizes 109
Lent in El Paso, Texas 116
Sunday Mass 118
Sombras de la Jicarita 120
MexAmerica 123
Mexican Children Get Hard Lesson: New Laws Cut Them from N. M. Schools 133
V Borderlands America 137
To live in the Borderlands means you 139
Baroque Principles of Organization in Contemporary Mexican American Arizona 141
Interview: Jesus Martinez and Ricardo Murillo 156
Legal Alien 165
Raising Hell as Well as Wheat - Papago Indians Burying the Borderline 166
VI Environment, Technology, and the Peoples of the Southwest 171
Albuquerque Learns It Really Is a Desert Town 173
In the Belly of the Beast 182
The Box That Broke the Barrier: The Swamp Cooler Comes to Southern Arizona 192
Urbanization Drains Reverence for Water 201
The Navajos and National Sacrifice 204
VII Making Culture: The Future Southwest 219
Make-Believe and Graffiti: Envisioning New Mexico Families 221
Creating A Tradition: The Great American Duck Race 237
Roads to Heaven: Pilgrimage in the Southwest 242
Sedona and the New (Age) Frontier 253
Queen of Two Cultures 262
Mythical Dimensions/Political Reality 267
Jefe, todavia no saben... 273
Birthplace Blues 275
Credits 281
About the Contributors 287
About the Editors 293
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