Native Peoples of the Southwest: Negotiating Land, Water, and Ethnicities

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For all peoples on all continents and for all times, water has been the blood of life. It is fitting then, that this book about the peoples of the Southwest be dedicated to an examination of water in a land that has historically been dry, making the need to locate water supplies essential. The Southwest became an important frontier for Spanish and then Anglo explorers and colonizers who battled with native occupants for strategic locations. Each one of these groups who made the Southwest their home were ...

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Overview

For all peoples on all continents and for all times, water has been the blood of life. It is fitting then, that this book about the peoples of the Southwest be dedicated to an examination of water in a land that has historically been dry, making the need to locate water supplies essential. The Southwest became an important frontier for Spanish and then Anglo explorers and colonizers who battled with native occupants for strategic locations. Each one of these groups who made the Southwest their home were ethnically quite different. They represented diverse histories, cultures, nationalities, classes, religions and world views.

Beginning with discussion of innovative prehistoric land and water use, the book describes the ways in which early farmers learned how to harness the precious drops of water for their fields. The story then continues with views from the Pueblos and beyond as the living sacredness of earth's resource is described by native peoples. This emic view, however, is often in conflict with the various legal definitions of resources carved by federal, state and local officials and developers. The book goes on to examine the background of contemporary land conflicts and water litigation between numerous contestants: Indian, Hispanic, and Anglo. The book ends with articles that attest to the clever ways in which ethnicity is configured and boldly proclaimed in order to reclaim privilege.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897899048
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2002
  • Series: Native Peoples of the Americas Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 1,460,061
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

LAURIE WEINSTEIN is Associate Professor of Anthropology, Western Connecticut State University where she directs the Archaeology program and co-directs the Women's Studies program.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Series Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Timeline for the Southwest
1 Introduction 1
2 Prehistoric Environment and Agriculture in the Hohokam of Southern Arizona 25
3 Soaking It in: Northern Rio Grande Pueblo Lessons of Water Management and Landscape Ecology 49
4 Native Seeds/Search and a Tohono O'odham Perspective 81
5 The Akimel O'othom: Pima People 89
6 Hopi and Zuni Cultural Landscapes: Implications of History and Scale for Cultural Resources Management 99
7 Traditional Use in a Changing Landscape 125
8 Myth and History of a Southwestern Land Grant: Baca Location No. 4 and Luis Maria Cabeza de Baca 143
9 Collaborative Conservation: Peace or Pacification? The View from Los Ojos 169
10 The Navajo and Hopi Land Dispute from Historic through Contemporary Times 179
11 "The Matter Was Never Resolved": The Casta System in Colonial New Mexico, 1693-1823 203
12 Fiesta Time and Plaza Space: Resistance and Accommodation in a Tourist Town 223
Appendix 243
Index 245
About the Contributors 249
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