The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is developing Web-based interactive resources that make knowledge on human culture, society, evolution, history, and Native art available to a wide audience.
Southwest Crossroads: Cultures and Histories of the American Southwest is a dynamic, interactive, on-line learning matrix of original texts, poems, fiction, maps, paintings, photographs, oral histories, and films that allows users of all ages to explore the many contentious stories that diverse peoples have used to make sense of themselves and the region. This resource is especially designed for use by New Mexico grade-school students.
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|“Oraibi Before the Split”The American occupation of the Southwest in 1846 marked the beginning of government intervention in Hopi affairs. Besides land policies that radically decreased the boundaries of Hopi lands, the newly introduced government schools had severe consequences for Hopi society. The US government took Hopi children away from their families, sometimes against their parents’ will.|
This document features stunning 3-D photography dating back to 1879.
|“Settlement and Homesteading in East-Central New Mexico”New Mexico’s population grew during the nineteenth century. Hispano families began to settle beyond the Rio Grande Valley and establish new villages. Some communities obtained land grants from the Spanish or Mexican governments; others settled without clear title to their homes.|
|“Zuni Pottery Designs”Sedentary people of the Southwest have been making pottery for at least two thousand years. Archaeologists have found more than 200 sites where people used to live in the Zuni Valley; each ruin holds broken pieces of pottery, or potsherds, that tell a story.|
|“Traditional Apache Life”The Athapaskan peoples migrated south from Alaska and Canada and eventually split into seven distinct groups. By 1500, they occupied a vast expanse of territory in the American Southwest. The extreme environments they inhabited—mountains, deserts, and plains—hardened them into fierce and adaptable nomads.|