Native Americans of the Southwest: The Serious Traveler's Introduction to People and Places

Native Americans of the Southwest: The Serious Traveler's Introduction to People and Places

Native Americans of the Southwest: The Serious Traveler's Introduction to People and Places

Native Americans of the Southwest: The Serious Traveler's Introduction to People and Places

Synopsis

With its sound anthropological and historical background notes this illustrated guide to the native Americans of the Southwest includes a list of museums, a calendar of events and useful maps of the region to help locate the places mentioned in the text.

Excerpt

Our intention in preparing this little book has been to provide visitors to the Southwest a concise guide to the Native Americans who live there and to their rich heritage. Because visitors come to the Southwest primarily to see rather than to read about the area, we have attempted to present the information we think may be of most interest in as few words as possible, a task we admit we found more than a little daunting.

Because many who come to the Southwest want to take back with them items the area is particularly known for, we have included a chapter on southwestern arts and crafts. For centuries Native Americans of this region have produced exquisite objects of many different types that are now valued as artwork. Making choices from among so many striking possibilities can be one of the particular pleasures of a visit here.

For those who expect to include in their plans some of the national monuments and parks containing fascinating architectural sites constructed centuries before Columbus touched the North American continent, we have included a chapter on prehistoric monuments in the Southwest. Detailed illustrated publications concerning these remarkable sites are available in each visitor center.

Those interested in museum exhibits concerning Native Americans will find a comprehensive listing of the many museums of the region in Appendix, "Exhibits Relating to Native Americans of the Southwest." and for visitors who might like to see some of the traditional events, especially dances, held by Native Americans, we have compiled Appendix B, "Special Events," to provide help in determining dates, times, and locations.

We are indebted to several individuals who read either entire chapters or portions of chapters and then gave us the benefit of their expertise. They include anthropologists David A. Breter nitz . . .

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