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All That Glitters

1999. 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.

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The Anasazi in a Changing Environment

1988. Edited by George J. Gumerman

The book outlines a thousand-year chronicle of environmental and cultural history that provides an experimental baseline for explaining broad patterns of interaction between humans and their environment. It sets a new standard in archaeological research, and at the same time links the ancient past with the modern world around us in thought-provoking fashion.

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The Anthropology of War

1990. Edited by Jonathan Haas

This edited collection contains important new material on the origins and role of warfare in “tribal” societies. The chapters focus on a number of basic research issues, including war and social evolution, causes of war, ideology of war, and European transformation of indigenous warfare patterns.

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An Archaeology of Doings

2013. Severin M. Fowles

In this probing study, Severin Fowles challenges us to consider just what is at stake in archaeological reconstructions of an enchanted past. Focusing on the Ancestral Pueblo societies of the American Southwest, he provocatively argues that the Pueblos — prior to missionization — did not have a religion at all, but rather something else, something glossed in the indigenous vernacular as “doings.”

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Art in Our Lives

2010. Edited by Cynthia Chavez Lamar and Sherry Farrell Racette with Lara Evans

Art in Our Lives grew out of the conversations of a group of Native women artists who spoke frankly about the roles, responsibilities, and commitments in their lives while balancing this existence with their art practice.

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At the Hems of the Lowest Clouds

2003. 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.

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The Chemistry of Prehistoric Human Bone

1989. Edited by T. Douglas Price

Bone chemistry is one of the most promising analytical methods now being used by archaeologists and physical anthropologists to investigate the past of the human species, and this state-of-the-art book includes many of the leading scientists in the field among its contributors.

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Chiefdoms

1991. Edited by Timothy Earle

The study of chiefdoms has moved from preoccupation with their formal characteristics to a concern with their dynamics as political institutions. The contributors to this volume are interested in how ruling elites retain power through control over production and exchange, and then legitimize that control through an elaborate ideology.

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Classic Maya Political History

1991. Edited by T. Patrick Culbert

This volume is the first to present in detail the results of decipherment and to consider the implications of a Classic Maya written history. Contributors examine the way in which the Maya elite created the kinship, alliance, warfare, and ceremonial networks on which the civilization was founded.

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Cowboys & Cave Dwellers

1997. 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.

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El Delirio

1998. 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.”

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The Emergence of Modern Humans

1989. Edited by Erik Trinkaus

This volume is a collection of essays identifying the current issues regarding the origins and emergence of a “modern” human biological and behavioral pattern from the earlier patterns inferred for late archaic humans.

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The Evolution of Political Systems

1990. Edited by Steadman Upham

The contributors to this book rely on archaeological and ethnographic case studies to examine the social, economic, and political processes behind the development of these “middle-range” political systems, located on a continuum between communally organized hunter-gatherer bands and stratified, centralized chiefdoms and states.

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For Indigenous Eyes Only

2005. Edited by Waziyatawin Angela Wilson and Michael Yellow Bird

This handbook covers a wide range of topics, including Indigenous governance, education, language, oral tradition, repatriation, images and stereotypes, and truth-telling. It aims to facilitate critical thinking while offering recommendations for fostering community discussions and plans for meaningful community action.

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For Indigenous Minds Only

2012. Edited by Waziyatawin and Michael Yellow Bird

Included in this book are discussions of global collapse, what to consider in returning to a land-based existence, demilitarization for imperial purposes and re-militarization for Indigenous purposes, survival strategies for tribal prisoners, moving beyond the nation-state model, a land-based educational model, personal decolonization, decolonization strategies for youth in custody, and decolonizing gender roles.

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A History of the Ancient Southwest

2009. Stephen H. Lekson

While many works would have us believe that nothing much ever happened in the ancient Southwest, this book argues that the region experienced rises and falls, kings and commoners, war and peace, triumphs and failures.

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Imprisoned Art, Complex Patronage

2011. Joyce M. Szabo

Joyce Szabo’s examination of the two drawing books by Zotom and Howling Wolf encompasses their origins and the issues surrounding their commission as well as what the images say about their creators and their collector. Szabo augments the complete reproduction of each page with detail photographs of the drawings.

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Indian Basketry Artists of the Southwest

2001. 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.

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Indian Painters of the Southwest

2002. 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.

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Indian Policies in the Americas

2014. William Y. Adams

In this volume, Adams addresses the idea that “the Indian,” as conceived by colonial powers and later by different postcolonial interest groups, was as much ideology as empirical reality. Adams surveys the policies of the various colonial and postcolonial powers, then reflects upon the great ideological, moral, and intellectual issues that underlay those policies.

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In the Places of the Spirits

2010. David Grant Noble; Foreword by N. Scott Momaday

This book represents the culmination of David Grant Noble’s forty-year career as a fine arts photographer and writer. It features seventy-six duotone plates of the land, people, and deep past of the Southwest, most published here for the first time.

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Morleyana

1950.

This collection of vignettes written by colleagues, friends, and family of Sylvanus Morley provides an intimate look at a man who devoted his life to the study and understanding of the ancient Maya.

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Navajos in the Catholic Church Records of New Mexico 1694–1875

2010. David M. Brugge

Combining archaeological evidence with Navajo cultural precepts, Brugge has used the records of the oldest European institution in the American Southwest – the Catholic Church – to shed light on the practices, causes, and effects of Spanish, Mexican, and American occupation on the Navajo Nation.

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A Peculiar Alchemy

2007. Nancy Owen Lewis and Kay Leigh Hagan; Preface by James F. Brooks

This book brings to life the people, debates, conflicts, and creativity that make the School for Advanced Research an exciting and thought-provoking place to study, work, and create. It serves at once as the story of an exceptional institution and a fascinating history of anthropology and anthropology’s diverse cast of characters.

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Painting the Underworld Sky

2006. Mateo Romero, with a foreword by Suzan Shown Harjo

The fifty paintings reproduced here and the artist’s reflections on his own life and that of his father lead the reader to a profound appreciation of the power of Pueblo song and dance to spark those brief flashes of light and hope in this dark fourth world.

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Postcolonial Archaeologies in Africa

2009. Edited by Peter R. Schmidt

This volume features some of the foremost archaeologists from Africa and the United States and presents cutting-edge proposals for how archaeology in Africa today can be made more relevant to the needs of local communities, from enhancing cultural capacity to cope with AIDS to promoting economic development and human rights claims, generating locally rooted intellectual paradigms, and preventing the degradation of heritage resources.

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Pueblo Indian Painting

1997. J. J. Brody

This book places this important but under-appreciated fine art tradition squarely within the contexts of Pueblo culture and Euro-American modernism, bringing long-overdue recognition to the tradition and its preeminent practitioners as a vital part of American art history.

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The People

1993. Text and photographs by Stephen Trimble

In this book, Stephen Trimble provides an introduction to these Native peoples that is unrivaled in its scope and readability. Graced with an absorbing, well-researched text, a wealth of maps and historic photographs, and the author’s penetrating contemporary portraits and landscapes, The People is the indispensable reference for anyone interested in the Indians of the Southwest.

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Regional Perspectives on the Olmec

1989. Edited by Robert J. Sharer and David C. Grove

This volume brings together ten archaeologists working on the period offering new interpretations and regional syntheses and re-evaluating the role of the Olmec in the crucial developments of the Formative.

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The Santa Fe Fiesta, Reinvented

2010. Sarah Bronwen Horton

Through close readings of canonical texts by New Mexican historian Fray Angélico Chávez about La Conquistadora, a fifteenth-century Marian icon to whom legend credits Don Diego De Vargas’s “peaceful” resettlement, and through careful attention to the symbolic action of the event, this book explores the tropes of gender, time, genealogy, and sexuality through which this form of cultural nationalism is imagined.

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Santa Fe: History of an Ancient City

2008. Edited by David Grant Noble

Drawing on recent archaeological discoveries and historical research, this updated edition of a classic history details the town’s founding, its survival through revolt and reconquest, its turbulent politics, its lively trade with Mexico and the United States, and the lives of its most important citizens, from the governors Peralta, Vargas, and Armijo to the madam doña Tules.

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Spanish-American Blanketry

1987. 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.

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Sustaining Thought

2007. Leslie Shipman with Rosemary Carstens

With this cookbook and a few fresh ingredients, our alumni can relive fond memories of their stay with us, and those who have long wondered what goes on behind our adobe walls can enjoy a taste of SAR’s riches.

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Talking with the Clay, 20th Anniversary Revised Edition

2007. Stephen Trimble

Stephen Trimble’s photographs capture the spirit of Pueblo pottery in its stunning variety, from the glittering micaceous jars of Taos Pueblo to the famous black ware of San Ildefonso Pueblo, from the bold black-on-white designs of Acoma Pueblo to the rich red and gold polychromes of the Hopi villages.

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Turko-Persia in Historical Perspective

1991. Edited by Robert L. Canfield

In this volume, the contributors write about different aspects of Turko-Persian culture. The work consists of an historical survey of the culture, a chronology of major developments in the region from the rise of the Persian empire before Islam up to the present, and six chapters by eminent authorities on the region.

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Villages of Hispanic New Mexico

1987. 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. Her photographs, taken between 1973 and 1985, preserve a valuable record of rapidly vanishing traditions in the remote Hispanic villages of New Mexico.

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Yazz

1983. Sallie R. Wagner, J. J. Brody, and Beatien Yazz

Yazz affords the reader a rare opportunity to know a Native American artist who is at once traditional and inventive, well known and obscure: an enigma in the larger mainstream American art world.

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