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Oral History of the Yavapai by Mike Harrison, John Williams

Newly arrived at ASU, a letter dropped into her hands that a Yavapai elder wanted his tribe's history written as they themselves knew it. In March 1974 Sigrid Khera started working with Mike Harrison (1886-1983) and John Williams (1904-1983), two Yavapai elders from the Fort McDowell reservation in Arizona. When Sigrid Khera died in 1984, the Yavapai requested that her remains be buried at their cemetery. We are unaware of any other anthropologist who has been so honored.

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ISBN-13: 9780816532544
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 07/01/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 757,839
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sigrid Khera (1934-1984) was born in Vienna, Austria. After coming to the United States she got a position as assistant professor in the Anthropology Department at Arizona State University in Tempe. When she was newly arrived at ASU, a letter dropped into her hands that a Yavapai elder wanted his tribe’s history written as they themselves knew it. In March 1974 Sigrid Khera started working with Mike Harrison (1886-1983) and John Williams (1904-1983), two Yavapai elders from the Fort McDowell reservation in Arizona. When Sigrid Khera died in 1984, she left behind a completed manuscript, Oral History of the Yavapai.

Carolina Castillo Butler took an activist’s path. While giving her time to house, husband, and four children, she was a leader in a ten-year battle, helping the Yavapai Tribe at Fort McDowell save their land. The government wanted to relocate the tribe for a dam. She was a successful leader in two county-wide elections: first, working for a “yes” vote for the construction of useful bridges over the Salt and Agua Fria Rivers; second, working to defeat the $3 billion Rio Salado Project and a new property tax for it. She was a water activist, testifying numerous times to reform water policy. Carolina is a Mexican American born in Arizona and very proud that her ancestors came to Arizona from Mexico in 1864. Carolina and Walker, her husband of forty-six years, live in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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