• Memoirs
      March 2012

      Dancing Through History

      In Search of the Stories That Define Canada

      by Lori Henry

      In Dancing Through History, Henry crosses Canada's vast physical and ethnic terrain to uncover how its various cultures have evolved through their dances. Her coast-to-coast journey takes her to Haida Gwaii in British Columbia, where she witnesses the seldom seen animist dances of the islands' First Nation people. In the Arctic, Henry partakes in Inuit drum dancing, kept alive by a new generation of Nunavut youth. And in CapeBreton, she uncovers the ancient "step dance" of the once culturally oppressed Gaels of Nova Scotia. During her travels, Henry discovers that dance helps to break down barriers and encourage cooperation between people with a history of injustice. Dance, she finds, can provide key insight into what people value most as a culture, which is often more similar than it seems. It is this kind of understanding that goes beyond our divisive histories and gives us compassion for one another. Unique to this book, Dancing Through History includes first person interviews with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (Canada's Aboriginal groups) talking about their traditions and the effect colonisation has had on them, all through the lens of dance. Their voices are given ample space to speak for themselves – what is revealed is a beautiful worldview and many lessons to be learned in order to have a healthy planet and tolerant people as we move into the future. Book Details: This is an adult non-fiction book of Canadian content. The target market is curious travellers and those interested in culture beyond the typical tourist traps. Sales have ranged from junior high schools to retired baby boomers. Interested publishers can make an offer directly on the profile page to buy available rights.

    • Archaeology by period / region

      Aztec Ceremonial Landscape

      by William L. Fash (Foreword), David Carrasco (Author, Editor)

      Contents: Notes on the Oldest Structure of El Tempo Mayor at Tenochtitlan; A Study of Skeletal Materials from Tlatelolco; Discovery of a Painted Mural at Tlatelolco; The Mt. Tlaloc Project; The Sacrifice of Tezcatlipoca -- To Change Place; Mapping the Ritual Landscape -- Debt Payment to Tlaloc During the Month of Atlcahualo; The Sacred Landscape of Aztec Calendar Festivals -- Myth, Nature and Society; Migration Histories as Ritual Performance; The Myth of the Half-Man Who Descended from the Sky; The Octli Cult in Late Pre-Hispanic Central Mexico; Dryness Before the Rains -- Taxcatl and Tezcatlipoca; Reflection on the Miraculous Waters of Tenochtitlan; Vamos a Rezar a San Marcos -- A Tlapanec Pilgrimage; Eating Landscape -- Human Sacrifice and Sustenance in Aztec Mexico; Religious Rationalisation and the Conversions of the Nahuas -- Social Organisation and Colonial Epistemology; Remnants of the Shaman.

    • History of the Americas

      Natve American Oral Traditions

      by Larry Evers

    • History of the Americas

      They Sang for Horses

      The Impact of the Horse on Navajo and Apache Folklore

      by LaVerne Harrell Clark

      First published in 1966 and now considered a classic, THEY SANG FOR HORSES remains the only comprehensive treatment of the profound mystical influence that the horse has exerted for more than three hundred years. In this completely redesigned and expanded edition, LaVerne Harrell Clark examines how storytellers, singers, medicine men, and painters created the animal's evolving symbolic significance by adapting existing folklore and cultural symbols. Exploring the horse's importance in ceremonies, songs, prayers, customs, and beliefs, she investigates the period of the horse's most pronounced cultural impact on the Navajo and the Apache, starting from the time of its acquisition from the Spanish in the seventeenth century and continuing to the mid-1960s, when the pickup truck began to replace it as the favoured means of transportation. In addition, she presents a look at how Navajos and Apaches today continue to redefine the horse's important role in their spiritual as well as material lives.

    • Literary studies: poetry & poets

      Colcha

      by Aaron Abeyta

      Abeyta blends the contrasting rhythms of the English and Spanish languages, finding music in a simple yet memorable lyricism without losing the complexity and mystery of personal experience. His forty-two poems take the reader on a journey through a contemplative personal history that explores communal, political and societal issues as well as the individual experiences of family and friends. With his distinctive voice, Abeyta invites people of all cultures to enter his poems by exploring the essence of humanity as expressed by his particular Hispanic culture and heritage. Marked by intimacy and deep sentiment, Colcha not only acquaints us with the land of Abeyta's people, but also reveals the individuals from his life and family history in the most colourful and delicate detail. Abeyta's reflections on the plight, loves, joys, failures, and exploitation of the common person in such poems as 'cuando se secan las acequias', 'untitled (verde)', and 'cinco de mayo' belong to the literary heritage of such poets as Pablo Neruda, Federico Garcia Lorca, and Wait Whitman.

    • Literature: history & criticism

      Interpreting the Legacy

      John Neihardt and Black Elk Speaks

      by Brian Holloway

      Neihardt's work has recently been critiqued by scholars who maintain that the author filtered and corrupted Black Elk's teachings through a European spiritual and political lens. In this book, Brian Holloway offers a rather different view, making a convincing case that Neihardt quite consciously attempted to use his literary craftsmanship to provide the reader with direct and immediate access to the teachings of the Oglala elder. Using Neihardt's original hand written notes and early manuscript drafts, Holloway demonstrates the poet's careful and deliberate re-creation of Black Elk's spiritual world in order to induce a transcendent experience in the reader. Through exhaustive research into Neihardt's biographical materials, published philosophical and metaphysical writings, and volumes of taped lectures, Holloway examines the sources of the book's production as well as the reactions to and the implications of his literary portrayal of the spiritual world of the Oglala.

    • History of the Americas

      Mapping Identity

      The Creation of the Coeur D'alene Indian Reservation, 1805-1902

      by Laura Woodwork-Ney

      This book traces the formation of the Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation in northern Idaho from the introduction of the Jesuit notion of 'reduction' in the 1840s to the finalisation of reservation boundaries in the 1890s. Using Indian Agency records, congressional documents, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) records, Jesuit missionary reports, and tribal accounts, historian Laura Woodworth-Ney argues that the reservation-making process for the Coeur d'Alenes reflected more than just BIA policy objectives. It was also the result of a complex interplay of Jesuit mission goals, the Schitsu'umsh chief Andrew Seltice's assimilationist policy, and political pressure from local non-Indians. Woodworth-Ney concludes that in creating the reservation, BIA officials and tribal leaders mapped boundaries not only of territory, but also of tribal identity. The book builds on the growing body of literature that presents a more complex picture of federal policy, native identity, and the creation of Indian reservations in the western United States. It will be important to readers interested in western US history, legal and administrative history, Native American history, and interior Northwest history.

    • Archaeology

      Encounter with the Plumed Serpent

      Drama and Power in the Heart of Mesoamerica

      by Gabina Aurora Pérez Jiménez , Maarten Jansen

      The Mixtec, or the people of Ñuu Savi (Nation of the Rain God), one of the major civilizations of ancient Mesoamerica, made their home in the highlands of Oaxaca, where they resisted both Aztec military expansion and the Spanish conquest. In 'Encounter with the Plumed Serpent', two leading scholars present and interpret the sacred histories narrated in the Mixtec codices, the largest surviving collection of pre-Columbian manuscripts in existence. In these screenfold books, ancient painter-historians chronicled the politics of the Mixtec from approximately ad900 to 1521, portraying the royal families, rituals, wars, alliances, and ideology of the times. By analysing and cross-referencing the codices, which have been fragmented and dispersed in far-flung archives, the authors attempt to reconstruct Mixtec history. Their synthesis here builds on long examination of the ancient manuscripts. Adding useful interpretation and commentary, Jansen and Pérez Jiménez synthesise the large body of surviving documents into the first unified narrative of Mixtec sacred history.

    • Tribal religions

      Cannibalism is an Acquired Taste

      And Other Notes From Conversations With Anthropologist Omer C. Stewart

      by Carol L Howell

      Omer Stewart is most noted for his career-long study of the Peyote religion. His mentor, A L Kroeber, instilled in him an abiding respect for cultural variation. Applying this fundamental principle to his work in the 1930s, Omer was surprised to find himself at odds with many notable colleagues. With characteristic self-confidence, he was undeterred in his effort to document the religion, defend its practice, and push open the door to applied anthropology. In CANNIBALISM IS AN ACQUIRED TASTE, Carol L Howell weaves together taped interviews with Stewart; excerpts from his letters, notes, and papers; and recollections of family members and others. The result is a fascinating sketch not only of Omer Stewart as a person but also of his contributions to the field of anthropology and the academic and social milieu in which he participated. A must for anthropologists and anyone interested in the art of biography.

    • Sociology & anthropology

      Trusteeship in Change

      Toward Tribal Autonomy in Resource Management

      by Richmond L Clow , David H Getches , Imre Sutton

      This book explores the evolution of Indian Affairs policies and administrative practices regarding the management of trust lands from treaty days to contemporary partnerships. A dozen scholars -- from diverse fields such as archaeology, economics, forestry, environmental studies, history, geography, and political science -- have come together to critically review past policies and practices and introduce new ideas and approaches for the future. Also includes case studies concerning the management of wildlife, forest preservation, tribal hunting laws, and other concerns endemic to the preservation and utilisation of the environment on Native American land. An excellent source for scholars in the fields of Native American and environmental studies, the book is sure to spark debate and to be an important reference book for years to come.

    • Archaeology

      The Carnegie Maya

      The Carnegie Institution of Washington Maya Research Program, 1913-1957

      by John M. Weeks (Editor), Jane A. Hill (Editor)

      Book and CD-ROM. This complete set of reports from the Carnegie Institution's Maya program collects in one thematically and regionally organised volume hundreds of documents from a foundational New World archaeological project. The Carnegie Institution of Washington sponsored archaeological, ethnographic, linguistic, and historical investigations in the Maya region of southern Mexico and northern Central America between 1914 and 1957. Dispersed and out-of-print for fifty years, more than 350 reports from the Maya program are now available in this single volume and accompanying fully searchable CD-ROM. Reports from the institution's annual Year Books and other materials collected here tell the history of Maya research through firsthand accounts by participating scholars and reveal the progression of Mesoamerican archaeology from a vocational interest to scholarly pursuit. Thematic and regional organisation of the reports permits readers to monitor development of research concepts. Appendixes list all Carnegie Maya publications.

    • Archaeology

      Mesoamerican Ritual Economy

      Archaeological and Ethnological Perspectives

      by E Christian Wells (Editor) , Karla L Davis-Salazar (Editor)

      Scholars examine the extent to which economic processes were driven by and integrated with religious ritual in ancient Mesoamerica. The contributors explore how traditional rituals -- human blood sacrifice and self-mutilation, 'flowery wars' and battling butterfly warriors, sumptuous feasting with chocolate and tamales, and fantastic funerary rites -- intertwined with all sectors of the economy. Examining the interplay between well-established religious rites and market forces of raw material acquisition, production, circulation, and consumption, this volume effectively questions the idea that materialism alone motivates the production, exchange, and use of objects. Exploring the intersection of spirituality and materiality, MESOAMERICAN RITUAL ECONOMY will be of interest to all scholars studying how worldview and belief motivate economic behaviour. The authors consider a diverse set of Mesoamerican cultural patterns in order to investigate the ways in which ritual and economic practices influenced each other in the operation of communities, small-scale societies, and state-level polities.

    • History of the Americas

      Journey Of Navajo Oshley

      An Autobiography and Life History

      by Robert McPherson

      Ak'é Nýdzin, or Navajo Oshley, was born sometime between 1879 and 1893. His oral memoir is set on the northern frontier of Navajo land, principally the San Juan River basin in southeastern Utah, and tells the story of his early life near Dennehetso and his travels, before there were roads or many towns, from Monument Valley north along Comb Ridge to Blue Mountain. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Anglos and Navajos expanded their use and settlement of lands north of the San Juan. Grazing lands and the Anglo wage economy drew many Navajos across the river. Oshley, a sheepherder, was among the first to settle there. He cared for the herds of his extended family, while also taking supplemental jobs with the growing livestock industry in the area. His narrative is woven with vivid and detailed portraits of Navajo culture: clan relationships, marriages and children, domestic life, the importance of livestock, complex relations with the natural world, ceremonies, trading, and hand trembling.

    • Anthropology

      Mexico's Indigenous Communities

      Their Lands and Histories, 1500-2010

      by Ethelia Ruiz Medrano

      A rich and detailed account of indigenous history in central and southern Mexico from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries, this is an expansive work that destroys the notion that Indians were victims of forces beyond their control and today have little connection with their ancient past. Indian communities continue to remember and tell their own local histories, recovering and rewriting versions of their past in light of their lived present. Ethelia Ruiz Medrano focuses on a series of individual cases, falling within successive historical epochs, that illustrate how the practice of drawing up and preserving historical documents -- in particular, maps, oral accounts, and painted manuscripts -- have been a determining factor in the history of Mexico's Indian communities, especially in the significant issue of land ownership. This is a unique and exceptional contribution to Mexican history. It will appeal to students and specialists of history, indigenous studies, ethnohistory, and anthropology of Latin America and Mexico.

    • Archaeology
      April 2012

      Carnegie Maya IV

      The Carnegie Institution of Washington Theoretical Approaches to Problems, 1941-1947

      by John M Weeks

      This is the fourth in a series of volumes that make available the primary data and interpretative studies originally produced by archaeologists and anthropologists in the Maya region under the umbrella of the Carnegie Institute of Washington's Division of Historical Research. Collected together here are the "Theoretical Approaches to Problems" papers, a series that published preliminary conclusions to advance thought processes and stimulate debate. Although two of the three theories published in these reports have since been proven wrong, the theories themselves remain significant because of their impact on the direction of archaeology. Only a few sets of these three contributions to the "Theoretical Approaches to Problems" series are known to have survived, making "The Carnegie Maya IV" an essential reference and research resource. The corresponding ebook contains the complete set of "The Carnegie Maya", "The Carnegie Maya II", "The Carnegie Maya III", and "The Carnegie Maya IV", thus making hundreds of documents from the Carnegie Institution's Maya program available in one source.

    • Politics & government

      Tribal Government Today

      by James J Lopach , Margery Hunter Brown , Richmond L Clow

      An account of Fourth World peoples within a First World nation, TRIBAL GOVERNMENT TODAY is a critical analysis of the contemporary progress of Indian tribes toward self-government and economic sufficiency. Focusing on seven reservations in Montana representing the diverse opportunities and problems facing Indian tribes in the West, this book approaches tribal government from the twin perspectives of reservation politics and the legal context within which reservation conflicts must be solved. Unlike previous studies of Indian politics, Tribal Government Today is neither a critique of American Indian policy over the years nor an analysis of federal, state, and tribal jurisdictional ambiguities. The authors -- a political scientist, a lawyer, and a historian -- focus instead on the distinctive political culture that has evolved on each reservation in terms of the reservation settings, governmental structures and procedures, and a particular brand of politics.

    • History of the Americas

      Ute Indians of Utah, Colorado & New Mexico

      by Virginia McConnell Simmons

      Using government documents, archives, and local histories, Simmons has painstakingly separated the often repeated and often incorrect hearsay from more accurate accounts of the Ute Indians.

    • Indigenous peoples

      Native Pathways

      American Indian Culture & Economic Development in the Twentieth Century

      by Brian Hosmer (Editor) , Colleen O'Neill (Editor)

      Contributors to 'Native Pathways' ponder questions about American Indians' participation in the broader US market highlighting how indigenous peoples have simultaneously adopted capitalist strategies and altered them to suit their own distinct cultural beliefs and practices. Including contributions from historians, anthropologists, and sociologists, the book offers fresh viewpoints on economic change and cultural identity in twentieth-century Native American communities.

    • Education

      "I Won't Stay Indian, I'll Keep Studying"

      Race, Place, and Discrimination in a Costa Rican High School

      by Karen Stocker

      While teaching and researching on an indigenous reservation in Costa Rica, Karen Stocker discovered that for Native students who attended the high school outside the reservation, two extreme reactions existed to the predominantly racist high school environment. While some maintained their indigenous identity and did poorly in school, others succeeded academically, but rejected their Indianness and the reservation. Between these two poles lay a whole host of responses.In I WON'T STAY INDIAN, I'LL KEEP STUDYING, Stocker addresses the institutionalised barriers these students faced and explores the interaction between education and identity. Stocker reveals how overt and hidden curricula taught ethnic, racial, and gendered identities and how the dominant ideology of the town, present in school, conveyed racist messages to students.I WON'T STAY INDIAN, I'LL KEEP STUDYING documents how students from the reservation reacted to, coped with, and resisted discrimination.

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