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Jeffrey H. Altschul & Adrianne G. Rankin Editors- FRAGILE PATTERNS: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF WESTERN PAPAGUERIA

      FRAGILE PATTERNS: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE WESTERN PAPAGUERIA

      Edited by Jeffrey H. Altschul and Adrianne G. Rankin.      University of Arizona Press

      “The western Papagueria refers to the western portion of the traditional homeland of the Tohono O’odham, formerly “Papago,” Native American homeland, in southwest Arizona and northwest Sonora.  Occupying the hottest and driest portion of the Sonoran Desert, it is a challenging environment.  Nevertheless, the Tohono O’odham, the “Desert People, not only have survived but somehow thrived and developed a rich and varied culture that goes back a long time.  Unlike many Native American tribes, their language and culture are still intact.  At the time of American expansion, they did not declare war on the United States and did not surrender, yet today have one of the largest reservations in the country.  Very readable, interesting and well illustrated, this book is a major contribution to our knowledge of this remarkable people, their culture, envionment and history.” – Sharon Gilbert & Paul Huddy

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