Anthropology

The Lipan Apaches

People of Wind and Lightning
By Thomas A. Britten

This study of one of the least-known Apache tribes utilizes archival materials to reconstruct Lipan history through numerous threats to their society.

Pueblo Peoples on the Pajarito Plateau

Archaeology and Efficiency
By David E. Stuart

Stuart demonstrates how the descendants of the Chaco survivors who relocated to Bandlier and the Pajarito Plateau rebalanced their society to be more efficient and practical in order to survive.

Roots of Conflict

Soils, Agriculture, and Sociopolitical Complexity in Ancient Hawai'i
Edited by Patrick Vinton Kirch

Roots of Conflict presents the efforts of a team of social and natural scientists to understand the complex, systemic linkages between land, climate, crops, human populations, and their cultural structures.

Singing to the Plants

A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon
By Stephan V. Beyer

This accessible study of ayahuasca shamanism introduces its ritual practices, including healers' spiritual relationships with the native plants used in its ceremonies.

The Myths of the Opossum

Pathways of Mesoamerican Mythology
By Alfredo Austin
Translated by Bernard Ortiz de Montellano

First published in 1990 under the title Los mitos del tlacuache, this is the first major theoretical study of Mesoamerican mythology by one of the foremost scholars of Aztec ideology.

The Cosmos of the Yucatec Maya

Cycles and Steps from the Madrid Codex
By Merideth Paxton

The Cosmos of the Yucatec Maya traces the implications of a previously unrecognized image of the solar year in the Madrid Codex to find new meanings in the Dresden Codex and the Maya calendar system and a regional settlement organization in Yucatan.

Beyond Wari Walls

Regional Perspectives on Middle Horizon Peru
Edited by Justin Jennings

Wari culture and its influence in Andean prehistory is investigated here from a variety of geographic locales.

The Work of Sovereignty

Tribal Labor Relations and Self-Determination at the Navajo Nation
By David Kamper

The Work of Sovereignty is a study of organizing campaigns and grassroots, ad hoc collective political actions carried out by employees trying to increase control over their workplaces and their say in the political life of their communities in Indian Country. By studying them, the author takes an on-the-ground approach to tribal labor relations that puts tribal workers at the center of the action. Attending to indigenous peoples as both economic and political members of their community in this way also sheds light on processes of indigenous self-determination that are not always as readily visible as those in courtrooms and tribal council chambers.

For Every Indio Who Falls

A History of Maya Activism in Guatemala, 1960-1990
By Betsy Konefal

By following indigenous organizing experiences at multiple levels--local, regional, national, and international--this book explores how some Mayas became involved in political activism and opposition to a repressive state.

Golden States of Grace

Prayers of the Disinherited
Photographs by Rick Nahmias

Taking California as a window into the diversity of religion in America, Golden States of Grace documents marginalized communities at prayer in their own faith traditions.

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