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American Indians of the Southwest by Bertha P. Dutton

By Bertha P. Dutton

From their emergence within the New global centuries in the past, via their evolution into modern local american citizens, the Apache, Navajo, and Pueblo peoples of the yank southwest have persevered the hardships of a wilderness land and hostilities with those that might usurp it and annihilate their tradition. They now face the problem of conserving an historic procedure of ideals and a separate id whereas coexisting within the smooth international with peoples whose philosophy and lifestyle are very diverse. In American Indians of the Southwest, anthropologist Bertha Dutton combines an interdisciplinary technique with the type of knowledge and information won basically after years of analysis and adventure to inform us their story.She discusses the background and present prestige of every team of local southwestern Indians, together with those that now not exist or who've merged with different teams. She skillfully publications us in the course of the internet of indian prehistory and background, from production myths and different legends in the course of the improvement of language teams and the development of the 1st pueblos, to the disruption of local American lifestyles via outdoors encroachment and invasion. Her complete account of Indian historical past is coupled with an insightful observation on modern Indian existence and concerns, together with tribal governments and their family with the U.S. federal executive, in addition to fiscal and social matters.

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Could they achieve a philosophy which would be universally acceptable? Could the American Indians cause the inhabitants of the world to realize that all of the peoples on earth are human beings; that they must quit acts of terrorism and the destruction of each other's ways of life and their attainments? If the American Indians hold on tenaciously to principles followed by "the Old Ones," and carry them over into the times to come, they might possibly prove to be "the right people in the right place at the right time" to bring about universal harmony.

Page xxvii Maps Page xxviii Major Indian Reservations of the Southwest Page xxix Page xxx Northern Rio Grande Pueblos, New Mexico Page xxxi Southern Utes and Colorado River Indians Page xxxii The Papago Indian Reservation, Southern Arizona Page 3 1 Who and Where Physical Aspects of the American Indians Those who study human beings from the point of view of their physical characteristicsthe physical anthropologists, or somatologists (from somato, meaning body)have come to recognize that the basic characteristics of the so-called American Indians show relatively little diversity.

Although these may vary in kind and extent with the different Indian peoples, certain features in particular are undergoing alterations and transformations: education, living conditions locally and away from the home bases; labor opportunities, industries, economic exploitation, road works, soil treatments, dams and irrigation; health, welfare and social security; old ceremonies and new religions; and in some instances reappraisal of cultural values, appreciation of old mores, and intensification of self-esteem.

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