Ethnogenesis and Human Diversity: The Tewa Case

Scott G. Ortman, Omidyar Fellow, Santa Fe Institute, and Lightfoot Fellow, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 12:00–1:00 pm

Scott G. OrtmanScott G. OrtmanEthnogenesis and Human Diversity: The Tewa CaseScott G. OrtmanEthnogenesis and Human Diversity: The Tewa Case“Hano Pueblo, Hopi, Arizona, ca. 1890”“Hano Pueblo, Hopi, Arizona, ca. 1890”Ben Wittick (Photographer). Hano was a Hopi village occupied by Tewa descendants of people who migrated from the Rio Grande Valley.

Most of the world’s languages fall into patterns that imply genealogical descent, whereas the archaeological record consists primarily of localized sequences that do not exhibit strong genealogical relationships. Research on Tewa origins in the Southwest is used to illustrate the underlying sociopolitical processes that are responsible for this difference.

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