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The archaeology, history, and culture of the American Southwest.

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Acequia Acequia Sylvia Rodríguez Every society must have a system for capturing, storing, and distributing water, a system encompassing both technology and a rationale for the division of this finite resource. Today, people around the world face severe and growing water scarcity, and everywhere this vital resource is ceasing to be a right and becoming a commodity. 2006
All That Glitters All That Glitters Duane Anderson; Foreword by Lonnie Vigil All That Glitters, the first comprehensive study of the micaceous pottery tradition in New Mexico, explores the current transition of micaceous pottery from a traditional culinary ware to an exciting contemporary art form. The illustrated catalog of the micaceous pottery collection at SAR's Indian Arts Research Center and a roster of micaceous potters practicing in northern New Mexico today further details the art form. 1999
Ambos Nogales Ambos Nogales Photographs by Maeve Hickey; Text by Lawrence Taylor Evoking the startling contrasts, brutalities, radiant beauty, and resilient people, these astonishing duotone photographs and penetrating essays reveal the ironic embrace of Nogales. The would-be immigrant caught in the tunnel between Nogales, Sonora, and Nogales, Arizona, knows life is dangerous and surprising. 2002
The Archaeology of Chaco Canyon The Archaeology of Chaco Canyon Edited by Stephen H. Lekson The site of a great Ancestral Pueblo center in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, the ruins in Chaco Canyon look like a city to some archaeologists, a ceremonial center to others. Chaco and the people who created its monumental great houses, extensive roads, and network of outlying settlements remain an enigma in American archaeology. 2006
Prehistoric Pueblo Settlement Patterns The Arroyo Hondo New Mexico Site Survey D. Bruce Dickson Jr. This second volume in the Arroyo Hondo series provides the results of the archaeological survey of this large prehistoric pueblo located just southeast of Santa Fe, New Mexico. 1979
At the Hems of the Lowest Clouds At the Hems of the Lowest Clouds Gloria J. Emerson; Forward by N. Scott Momaday These poems, paintings, and personal reflections draw upon an ancient culture while crafting new visual and poetic "legends" to enrich our understanding of the significant places and stories that mark the traditional lands of the Navajo people. A book at once intimate, sweeping, and learned, At the Hems of the Lowest Clouds announces an important new Native American artistic voice. 2003
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Chaco & Hohokam Chaco & Hohokam Edited by Patricia L. Crown and W. James Judge Synthesizing data and current thought about the regional systems of the Chacoans and the Hohokam, eleven archaeologists examine settlement patterns, subsistence economy, social organization, and trade, shedding new light on two of the most sophisticated cultures of the prehistoric Southwest. 1991
The Chaco Experience The Chaco Experience Ruth Van Dyke In a remote canyon in northwest New Mexico, thousand-year-old sandstone walls waver in the sunlight, stretching like ancient vertebrae against a turquoise sky. This storied place—Chaco Canyon—carries multiple layers of meaning for Native Americans and archaeologists, writers and tourists, explorers and artists. 2008
The Contemporary Ecology of Arroyo Hondo New Mexico The Contemporary Ecology of Arroyo Hondo New Mexico N. Edmund Kelley From 1971 to 1974, the School of American Research conducted a major multidisciplinary program of excavation and research at Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, one of the largest fourteenth-century Rio Grande sites. This first volume in the series covers the area’s topography, geology, soil, climate, hydrology, vegetation, and animal life. 1983
Cowboys & Cave Dwellers Cowboys & Cave Dwellers Fred M. Blackburn and Ray A. Williamson In this book, Fred M. Blackburn and Ray A. Williamson tell the two intertwined stories of the early archaeological expeditions into Grand Gulch and the Wetherill-Grand Gulch Research Project. In the process, they describe what we now know about Basketmaker culture and present a stirring plea for the preservation of our nation's priceless archaeological heritage. Lavishly illustrated with color and black-and-white photographs. 1997
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Dances of the Tewa Pueblo Indians Dances of the Tewa Pueblo Indians 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. 2004
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El Delirio El Delirio Gregor Stark and E. Catherine Rayne Richly illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs, El Delirio offers an appealing glimpse into a fascinating period of Santa Fe history. It is also a loving portrait of the remarkable, energetic, and strong-willed Elizabeth White, described by a friend as “one of the great women of the Southwest in a very small body.” 1998
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The Faunal Remains from Arroyou Hondo Pueblo, New Mexico The Faunal Remains from Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, New Mexico Richard W. Lang and Arthur H. Harris This fifth volume presents the results of faunal analysis from the Arroyo Hondo excavations, covering the topics of prehistoric vegetation and climate; the importance of various animals in the diet; seasonal hunting patterns; methods of butchering, skinning and cooking; the prehistoric hunting territory; the raising of domesticated dogs and turkeys; and trade in animals and animal products. 1984
Food, Diet, and Population at Prehistoric Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, New Mexico Food, Diet, and Population at Prehistoric Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, New Mexico Wilma Wetterstrom; additional reports by Vorsila L. Bohrer and Richard W. Lang This sixth volume in the Arroyo Hondo series provides information on the food, diet, and population analysis of this large prehistoric pueblo located just southeast of Santa Fe, New Mexico. 1986
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The Great Basin The Great Basin Edited by Catherine S. Fowler and Don D. Fowler This book is about a place, the Great Basin of western North America, and about the lifeways of Native American people who lived there during the past 13,000 years. The authors highlight the ingenious solutions people devised to sustain themselves in a difficult environment. 2008
Great Excavations Great Excavations Melinda Elliott The magnificent ruins of the prehistoric peoples of the American Southwest have always been a source of wonder and awe. But the stories of the men and women who devoted their lives to the discovery and study of these lost cultures and the places they called home have never before been adequately told. Now, in Great Excavations, journalist and researcher Melinda Elliott uncovers the crucial and exciting role played by the great archaeologists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in unearthing the Southwest’s prehistoric past. 1995
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A History of the Ancient Southwest A History of the Ancient Southwest Stephen H. Lekson According to archaeologist Stephen H. Lekson, much of what we think we know about the Southwest has been compressed into conventions and classifications and orthodoxies. This book challenges and reconfigures these accepted notions by telling two parallel stories, one about the development, personalities, and institutions of Southwestern archaeology and the other about interpretations of what actually happened in the ancient past. 2009
A History of the Navajos A History of the Navajos Garrick Bailey and Roberta Glenn Bailey; with a New Preface by Garrick Bailey  A History of the Navajos examines these circumstances over the century and more that the tribe has lived on the reservation. In 1868, the year that the United States government released the Navajos from four years of imprisonment at Bosque Redondo and created the Navajo reservation, their very survival was in doubt. In spite of conflicts over land and administrative control, by the 1890s they had achieved a greater level of prosperity than at any previous time in their history. 1999
Hohokam Millennium The Hohokam Millennium Edited by Suzanne K. Fish and Paul R. Fish The mystery and the beauty of Hohokam civilization are the subjects of the essays in this volume. Written by archaeologists who have led the effort to excavate, record, and preserve the remnants of this ancient culture, the chapters illuminate the way the Hohokam organized their households and their communities, their sophisticated pottery and textiles, their irrigation system, the huge ballcourts and platform mounds they built, and much more. 2008
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In Search of Chaco In Search of Chaco Edited by David Grant Noble Startling discoveries and impassioned debates have emerged from the “Chaco Phenomenon” since the publication of New Light on Chaco Canyon twenty years ago. This completely updated edition features seventeen original essays, scores of photographs, maps, and site plans, and the perspectives of archaeologists, historians, and Native American thinkers. 2004
In the Places of the Spirits In the Places of the Spirits David Grant Noble; Foreword by N. Scott Momaday In the Places of the Spirits features seventy-six duotone plates of the land, people, and deep past of the Southwest, most published here for the first time, accompanied by personal reflections that reveal much about the artist and the magnificent land that inspires his artistry. 2010
Indian Basketry Artists of the Southwest Indian Basketry Artists of the Southwest Susan Brown McGreevy; Foreword by Kevin Navasie Exploring the history and the current renaissance of basket making in the Native American Southwest, this lavishly illustrated volume features the work and words of the contemporary basket makers that participated in a Convocation at the School of American Research. The basket makers range in age from twenty-one to eighty-two and represent the Akimel O’odham, Apache, Hopi, Navajo, Pueblo, and Tohono O’odham tribes. 2001
Indian Painters of the Southwest Indian Painters of the Southwest Katherine L. Chase; Foreward by Diane Reyna The book profiles ten outstanding painters representing seven different Pueblo Indian groups and the Navajo Nation who participated in a convocation at the Indian Arts Research Center at the SAR. While some artists have chosen to depict traditional scenes and symbols and others have chosen to create modern works influenced by Euro-American painting, all draw on the “deep remembering” of tribal heritage and personal experience and a heightened awareness of the artist’s role in more than one modern world. 2002
Indians & Energy Indians & Energy Edited by Sherry L. Smith and Brian Frehner The authors consider the complex relationship between development and Indian communities in the Southwest in order to reveal how an understanding of patterns in the past can guide policies and decisions in the future. 2010
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Kenneth Chapman’s Santa Fe Kenneth Chapman’s Santa Fe The Memoirs of Kenneth Chapman, Edited, annotated, and introduced by Marit K. Munson Archaeologist and rock art specialist Marit K. Munson presents a carefully edited and annotated edition of Chapman’s memoirs. Written in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Chapman’s side of the story is an intimate insider's portrait of the personalities and events that shaped Santa Fe. 2008
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Memory Work Memory Work Edited by Barbara J. Mills and William H. Walker Memory making is a social practice that links people and things together across time and space and ultimately has material consequences. The intersection of matter and social practice becomes archaeologically visible through the deposits created during social activities. The contributors to this volume share a common goal to map out the different ways in which to study social memories in past societies programmatically and tangibly. 2008
The Mesa Verde World The Mesa Verde World Edited by David Grant Noble The Mesa Verde World showcases new findings about the region’s prehistory, environment, and archaeological history, from newly discovered reservoir systems on Mesa Verde to astronomical alignments at Yellow Jacket Pueblo. Key topics include farming, settlement, sacred landscapes, cosmology and astronomy, rock art, warfare, migration, and contemporary Pueblo perspectives. 2006
Mimbres Lives and Landscapes Mimbres Lives and Landscapes Edited by Margaret C. Nelson and Michelle Hegmon The well-illustrated essays in this book offer the latest archaeological research on the ancient Mimbres to explain what we know and what questions still remain about men's and women's lives, their sustenance, the changing nature of leadership, and the possible meanings of the dramatic pottery designs. 2010
Mimbres Painted Pottery Mimbres Painted Pottery, Revised Edition J. J. Brody The Mimbres cultural florescence between about AD 1000 and AD 1140 remains one of the most visually astonishing and anthropologically intriguing questions in Southwest prehistory. 2005
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Navajos in the Catholic Church Records of New Mexico 1694–1875 Navajos in the Catholic Church Records of New Mexico 1694–1875 David M. Brugge Combining archeological evidence with Navajo cultural precepts, David M. Brugge has used the records of the oldest European institution in the American Southwest, the Catholic Church, to shed some light on the practices, causes, and effects of Spanish, Mexican, and American occupation on the Navajo Nation. 2010
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Orayvi Revisited Orayvi Revisited Jerrold E. Levy Challenging the widely held view of the Hopi Indians of Arizona as a sober, peaceful, and cooperative people with an egalitarian social organization, Levy examines the 1906 split in the Third Mesa village of Orayvi. 1992
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Painting the Underworld Sky Painting the Underworld Sky Mateo Romero, with a foreword by Suzan Shown Harjo Painter Mateo Romero uses a bold, muscular style and thick, expressive paint to expose the fault lines and tragedies afflicting Native people today. At the same time, he offers a meditation on the difficult yet artistically stimulating process of cultural diaspora and return in which he and many other Native artists are engaged. 2006
A Peculiar Alchemy A Peculiar Alchemy Nancy Owen Lewis and Kay Leigh Hagan; Preface by James F. Brooks In 2007, SAR celebrated its 100th anniversary. Established to promote the study of American antiquity, the School now supports wide-ranging programs dedicated to increasing our understanding of human culture and evolution through the arts, humanities, and social sciences. 2007
The People The People Text and photographs by Stephen Trimble Fifty Indian nations lie within the modern American Southwest, communities sustained through four centuries of European and American contact by their cultural traditions and ties to the land. In The People, Stephen Trimble provides an introduction to these Native peoples that is unrivaled in its scope and readability. 1993
The Peopling of Bandelier The Peopling of Bandelier Edited by Robert P. Powers Few visitors to the stunning Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument realize that its depths embrace but a small part of the archaeological richness of the vast Pajarito Plateau west of Santa Fe, New Mexico. 2005
The Pottery from Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, New Mexico The Pottery from Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, New Mexico Judith A. Habicht-Mauche Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, one of the largest fourteenth century sites in the northern Rio Grande region, was excavated by the School of American Research under the leadership of Douglas W. Schwartz between 1970 and 1974. In this eighth volume of the Arroyo Hondo Archaeological Series, Judith A. Habicht-Mauche presents a masterful description and interpretation of the pottery from Arroyo Hondo. 1993
Pueblo Population and Society Pueblo Population and Society Ann M. Palkovich Excavation at Arroyo Hondo yielded 120 human skeletons, many accompanied by grave goods. This book describes and interprets the skeletal and mortuary remains. 1983
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The Santa Fe Fiesta, Reinvented The Santa Fe Fiesta, Reinvented Sarah Bronwen Horton This book examines how Hispanos have re-created the modern Fiesta to stake their claims to Santa Fe, symbolically reoccupying this capital city and cultural homeland even as they have increasingly experienced displacement and dispossession. 2010
Santa Fe: History of an Ancient City Santa Fe: History of an Ancient City Edited by David Grant Noble In 2010, Santa Fe officially turned 400—four centuries of a rich and contentious history of Indian, Spanish, and American interactions. 2008
A Space Syntax Analysis of Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, New Mexico A Space Syntax Analysis of Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, New Mexico Jason S. Shapiro Until recently, archaeologists have rarely studied prehistoric architecture as if it were an artifact comparable to pottery or stone tools. Following the premise that built space embodies social organization, Jason Shapiro takes a fresh look at architectural data from Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, a fourteenth-century site in the northern Rio Grande Valley of presentday New Mexico. 2005
Spanish-American Blanketry Spanish-American Blanketry H.P. Mera; with an introduction by Kate Peck Kent In 1984, while studying textiles in the collections of the School of American Research, Kate Peck Kent discovered a manuscript on Spanish-American weaving by the late H.P. Mera, curator of archaeology at Santa Fe's Lab of Anthropology. This forgotten manuscript describes the origin and history of the distinctive textiles woven by Spanish-Americans in New Mexico. 1987
Sustaining Thought Sustaining Thought Leslie Shipman with Rosemary Carstens Delicious meals served in the School for Advanced Research's famed Douglas W. Schwartz Seminar House fuel the critical and creative thinking that goes into many of our books. 2007
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Themes in Southwest Prehistory Themes in Southwest Prehistory Edited by George J. Gumerman Two dozen leading archaeologists isolate a number of themes that were central to the process of increasing complexity in prehistoric Southwestern society, including increased food production, a greater degree of sedentism, and a dramatically increasing population. 1994
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Unkar Delta Unkar Delta Douglas W. Schwartz, Richard C. Chapman, and Jane Kepp This book is the first volume in SAR's Archaeology of the Grand Canyon series. It provides information on the archaeological excavation conducted at the site during the late 1960s. 1980
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Villages of Hispanic New Mexico Villages of Hispanic New Mexico Text and photographs by Nancy Hunter Warren Nancy Hunter Warren trained her camera on scenes rarely witnessed by outsiders-a Penitente service, the blessing of a ditch, feast days, religious processions, the interiors of houses and village churches. 1987
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Yazz: Navajo Painter Yazz Sallie R. Wagner, J. J. Brody, and Beatien Yazz Beatien Yazz’s life and work are examined by Sallie Wagner, long-time friend; J. J. Brody, director of the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico; and Beatien Yazz himself. 1983
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