The Story of Corn

By Betty Fussell

This interweaving of folklore, history, and science tells the seven-century story of the importance of corn in the Americas.


Edited by Neil L. Whitehead

Can we understand violence not as evidence of cultural rupture but as a form of cultural expression itself? Ten prominent scholars engage this question across geographies as diverse at their theoretical positions, in cases drawn from fieldwork in Indonesia, Cambodia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South America, Sri Lanka, Spain, and the United States.

Subjects: Anthropology

Troweling Through Time

The First Century of Mesa Verdean Archaeology
By Florence C. Lister

Florence Lister, one of archaeology's eminent authorities, presents the long and colorful history of exploration in the Mesa Verde area of the American Southwest.

Embedded Symmetries, Natural and Cultural

Edited by Dorothy K. Washburn

Scholars representing several disciplines examine how patterns and symmetry are expressed and resonate in a variety of man's creations and cultures.

Dances of the Tewa Pueblo Indians

Expressions of New Life
Second Edition
By Jill D. Sweet

This expanded edition reflects these changes by featuring the voices of Tewa dancers, composers, and others to explain the significance of dance to their understanding of Tewa identity and community. The author frames their words with her own poignant reflections on more than twenty years of study and friendship with these creative and enduring people.

Anthropology in the Margins of the State

Edited by Veena DasDeborah Poole

The very form and reach of the modern state are changing radically under the pressure of globalization. Featuring nine of the leading scholars in the field, this innovative exploration of these transformations develops an ethnographic methodology and theoretical apparatus to assess perceptions of power in three regions where state reform and violence have been particularly dramatic: Africa, Latin America, and South Asia.

Archaeology of Bandelier National Monument

Village Formation on the Pajarito Plateau, New Mexico
Edited by Timothy A. Kohler

These essays summarize the results of new excavation and survey research at Bandelier National Monument, with special attention to determining why larger sites appear when and where they do, and how life in these later villages and towns differed from life in the earlier small hamlets that first dotted the Pajarito in the mid-1100s.

Pluralizing Ethnography

Comparison and Representation in Maya Cultures, Histories, and Identities
Edited by John M. WatanabeEdward F. Fischer

This volume brings together eight Maya specialists and a prominent anthropological theorist as discussant to assess the contrasting historical circumstances and emerging cultural futures of Maya in Mexico and Guatemala.

Law and Empire in the Pacific

Fiji and Hawai`i
Edited by Sally Engle MerryDonald Brenneis

Focusing on the intimate relationship between law, culture, and the production of social knowledge, these essays re-center law in social theory. The authors analyze the transition from chiefdom to capitalism, colonizers’ racial and governmental ideologies, land and labor policies, and contemporary efforts to recuperate indigenous culture and assert or maintain indigenous sovereignty. Speaking to Fijian and Hawaiian circumstances, this volume illuminates the role of legal and archival practice in constructing ethnic and political identities and producing colonial and anthropological knowledge.

Subjects: Anthropology

Ancient Burial Practices in the American Southwest

Archaeology, Physical Anthropology, and Native American Perspectives
Edited by Judy Brunson-HadleyDouglas Mitchell

Prehistoric burial practices provide an unparalleled opportunity for understanding and reconstructing ancient civilizations and for identifying the influences that helped shape them.