Native Peoples of the Southwest

Negotiating Land, Water, and Ethnicities

by Laurie Weinstein


Focuses on land/water issues in the American Southwest from prehistory to the present.

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April 2002


Pages 280
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Race and Ethnicity/American Indian Studies

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.

Table of Contents

Series IntroductionPrefaceO'odham Dances by Ofelia ZepedaIntroductionThe Process of BecomingPrehistoric Environment and Agriculture in the Hohokam of South Arizona by Suzanne K. Fish and Paul FishSoaking It in: Northern Rio Grande Pueblo Lessons of Water Management and Landscape Ecology by Kurt AnschuetzViews for the Pueblos and BeyondNative Seeds/Search and a Tohono O'odham Perspective by Angelo JoaquinThe Akimel O'othom by Nathan AllenHopi and Zuni Cultural Landscapes: Implications of History and Scale for Cultural Resources Management by T. J. Ferguson and Roger AnyonThe Melting Pot: Water, Land, and Conflict in Historical PerspectiveTraditional Use in a Changing Landscape by Frances LevineMyth and History of a Southwestern Land Grant by Marianne StollerCollaborative Conservation: Peace or Participation: The View from Los Ojos by Maria VarelaThe Hopi and Navaho Land Dispute from Historic through Contemporary Times by David BruggeThe Matter Was Never Resolved: The Casta System in Colonial New Mexico, 1693-1823 by Adrian BustamanteFiesta Time and Plaza Space: Resistence and Accomodation in a Tourist Town by Sylvia RodriguezAppendix

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