Volume 50, Number 4, Fall 2003


    Perry, Adele.
  • From "the hot-bed of vice" to the "good and well-ordered Christian home": First Nations Housing and Reform in Nineteenth-Century British Columbia
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    Subject Headings:
    • Indians of North America -- Housing -- British Columbia -- History -- 19th century.
    • Indians of North America -- British Columbia -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
    • Social problems -- British Columbia -- History -- 19th century.
      This article analyzes the relationship between First Nations housing and reform in British Columbia between 1849 and 1886. Utilizing published and archival evidence drawn from church and government sources, the essay examines reformers' conceptions of First Nations housing and their concrete efforts to improve it. The essay thereby suggests that housing was an important site in the colonial encounter and that the colonial encounter itself was key to honing and disseminating new ideals related to housing, gender, and the family.
    Castañeda, Quetzil E.
  • New and Old Social Movements: Measuring Pisté, from the "Mouth of the Well" to the 107th Municipio of Yucatán
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    Subject Headings:
    • Pisté (Mexico) -- Politics and government.
    • Mayas -- Mexico -- Pisté -- Politics and government.
      This essay explores the history of the political structure of town and municipal authority in a specific case study of a Yucatec Maya community. The town is Pisté, a community that has become a significant tourist center that provides services for the nearby archaeological and tourist site of Chichén Itzá. A descriptive history of the town, mostly based in secondary literature and key primary sources from archives, is presented with two goals in mind. The first objective is to address ethnographically specific questions regarding the politics of this community, including the 1989 attempt to redefine itself as a "new" county according to Mexico's 1917 Revolutionary Constitution. The second objective is to raise questions and broader issues regarding new social movements, state formation analyzed from the "bottom-up," the importance of the authority structure of the town/county as a governmental strategy of the Mexican state, and the ethnographic and historical study of the 1980s' crises in Yucatán. The case study contributes to Yucatec studies by pointing attention away from the political-economic core of Mérida, the usual institutions (church, hacienda, and highly capitalized economic sectors), and typical topics (e.g., party politics, elite factionalism) that have been the focus of Yucatec historiography. By directing attention to areas (communities in the milpa zone) and topics (the political and cultural forms of rural communities) that have been marginalized by Yucatec historians but that have been a favored topic of U.S.-based cultural anthropologists seeking idealized Maya culture, this essay raises new research questions for which yet another rapprochement is necessary in Yucatec studies between the fields of history and cultural ethnography.
    Hackel, Steve W.
  • Indian Testimony and the Mission San Gabriel Uprising of 1785
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    Subject Headings:
    • Mission San Gabriel Arcangel (San Gabriel, Calif.)
    • Indians of North America -- California -- Government relations.
    • Insurgency -- California -- History -- 18th century.
      This article reinterprets the 1785 Indian rebellion at Mission San Gabriel in Alta California by reexamining the testimony of the Indians accused of leading this uprising. For decades, scholarly and popular discussions of this event have focused on the role of Toypurina, an Indian woman implicated in the rebellion. This essay, however, clarifies the roles played by Toypurina, Nicolás José, and others in the rebellion and emphasizes the importance of eyewitness native accounts to early California history. Through a careful use of the mission's birth, marriage, and burial records, this study also uncovers key moments in the lives of the rebels. These two sources—Indian testimony and mission registers—help to suggest the rebellion's diverse origins: the mission Indians' anger at the Spaniards for the suppression of their ceremonies and the frustration among some Gabrielinos that the creation of the mission and the congregation of hundreds of Indians at that one location constituted a threat to existing Gabrielino boundaries of land use and settlement. The article concludes that an understanding of colonial California rests not only upon a study of Indian–Spanish relations but on an examination of the interactions between individuals and among groups of Indians as well.
    Ishii, Izumi.
  • Alcohol and Politics in the Cherokee Nation before Removal
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    Subject Headings:
    • Cherokee Indians -- Government relations.
    • Cherokee Indians -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
    • Alcohol -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
      In the early-nineteenth-century Cherokee Nation, alcohol and politics inextricably intertwined. In defiance of the federal government's attempts to regulate alcohol in Indian country, some Cherokee headmen encouraged the liquor traffic within the Nation and personally profited from its operation. In 1819, the Cherokee National Council passed a law to control spirituous liquors, but this action inflamed the federal government which recognized tribal alcohol regulation as an expression of Cherokee nationalism. As a bone of contention between the Cherokee Nation and the United States, the regulation of alcohol in the 1820s reflected larger struggles over sovereignty.
    Thornton, Russell, 1942-
  • A Report of a New Mandan Calendric Chart
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    Subject Headings:
    • Mandan chronology.
    • Mandan Indians -- History -- Chronology.
      Many Native American peoples of the Plains kept oral histories in which periods of time were designated by events. Often pictorial recordings of these events were created as mnemonic devices to assist proper memory, which itself was sometimes recorded in written language. These pictorial calendars occasionally resurface and provide new insights into the histories of Native Americans. A new pictorial calendar of the Mandan Indians has recently reappeared. It and the circumstances of its reappearance are described, and suggestions toward a possible interpretation are offered.

Review Essays

    Fischer, Edward F., 1966-
  • Representing the Maya
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    • Lovell, W. George (William George), 1951- Beauty that hurts: life and death in Guatemala.
    • Montejo, Victor, 1951- Q'anil: man of lightning.
    • Kaufman, Wallace, tr.
    • Rascón, Susan Giersbach, tr.
    • Bizarro Ujpán, Ignacio. Joseño: another Maya voice speaks from Guatemala.
    • Sexton, James D., tr.
    • Guatemala -- History -- 1945-1985.
    • Jacalteca Indians -- Folklore.
    Silverman, Helaine.
  • Cultural Evolution, Political Organization, and Ritual Practice in the Central Andes
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    Subject Headings:
    • Dillehay, Tom D. Settlement of the Americas: a new prehistory.
    • Lavallée, Danièle. First South Americans: the peopling of a continent from the earliest evidence to high culture.
    • Bahn, Paul G., tr.
    • Aveni, Anthony F. Between the lines: the mystery of the giant ground drawings of ancient Nasca, Peru.
    • Benson, Elizabeth P., ed. Ritual sacrifice in ancient Peru.
    • Cook, Anita Gwynn, ed.
    • Urton, Gary, 1946- Inca myths.
    • Bauer, Brian S. Ritual and pilgrimage in the ancient Andes: the islands of the sun and the moon.
    • Stanish, Charles, 1956-
    • Bákula, Cecilia. Inca world: the development of pre-Columbian Peru, A.D. 1000-1534.
    • Laurencich Minelli, Laura, ed.
    • Prehistoric peoples -- America.
    • Indians of South America -- Antiquities.

Book Reviews

    McKnight, Matthew D.
    Hammerstedt, Scott W.
  • Antiquities of the Southern Indians, Particularly of the Georgia Tribes, and: Method and Theory in American Archaeology (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Jones, Charles Colcock, 1831-1893. Antiquities of the southern Indians, particularly of the Georgia tribes.
    • Schnell, Frank T., ed.
    • Willey, Gordon Randolph, 1913- Method and theory in American archaeology.
    • Phillips, Philip, 1900-
    • Lyman, R. Lee, ed.
    • O'Brien, Michael J. (Michael John), 1950-, ed.
    • Indians of North America -- Georgia -- Antiquities.
    • Paleo-Indians -- America.
    Fowler, Loretta, 1944-
  • The Four Hills of Life: Northern Arapaho Knowledge and Life Movement (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Anderson, Jeffrey D. Four hills of life: Northern Arapaho knowledge and life movement.
    • Arapaho philosophy.
    Miller, Mark E., 1951-
  • Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bagley, Will, 1950- Blood of the prophets: Brigham Young and the massacre at Mountain Meadows.
    • Mountain Meadows Massacre, 1857.
    Arkush, Brooke S., 1961-
  • Boundaries Between: The Southern Paiutes, 1775-1995 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Knack, Martha C. Boundaries between: the Southern Paiutes, 1775-1995.
    • Southern Paiute Indians -- History.
    Andrews, Bradford.
  • Olmec Art and Archaeology in Mesoamerica, and: Greater Mesoamerica: The Archaeology of West and Northwest Mexico (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Clark, John E., ed. Olmec art and archaeology in Mesoamerica.
    • Pye, Mary E., ed.
    • Foster, Michael S. (Michael Stewart), 1947-, ed. Greater Mesoamerica: the archaeology of West and Northwest Mexico.
    • Gorenstein, Shirley, ed.
    • Olmec art -- Congresses.
    • Indians of Mexico -- Antiquities.
    Bullock, Meggan.
  • Historical Dictionary of Ancient Mesoamerica (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Palka, Joel W., 1962- Historical dictionary of ancient Mesoamerica.
    • Indians of Central America -- Antiquities -- Dictionaries.
    Poole, Stafford.
  • Topiltzin and Quetzalcoatl: The Once and Future Lord of the Toltecs (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Nicholson, H. B. (Henry B.) Topiltzin and Quetzalcoatl: the once and future lord of the Toltecs.
    • Quetzalcoatl (Aztec deity)
    Cañizares-Esguerra, Jorge.
  • Pueblos de indios y educación en el México colonial, 1750-1821 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Tanck Estrada, Dorothy. Pueblos de indios y educación en el México colonial, 1750-1821.
    • Indians of Mexico -- Education -- History.
    Sowell, David, 1952-
  • The Mexican Treasury: The Writings of Dr. Francisco Hernández, and: Searching for the Secrets of Nature: The Life and Works of Dr. Francisco Hernández (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hernández, Francisco, 1517-1587. Mexican treasury: the writings of Dr. Francisco Hernández.
    • Varey, Simon, 1951-, ed.
    • Chabrán, Rafael, tr.
    • Chamberlin, Cynthia L., tr.
    • Varey, Simon, 1951-, ed. Searching for the secrets of nature: the life and works of Dr. Francisco Hernández.
    • Chabrán, Rafael, ed.
    • Weiner, Dora B., ed.
    • Natural history -- Mexico -- Pre-Linnean works.
    • Hernández, Francisco, 1517-1587.
    Golden, Charles W., 1972-
  • Royal Courts of the Ancient Maya, vol. 2: Data and Case Studies (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Inomata, Takeshi, 1961-, ed. Royal courts of the ancient Maya.
    • Houston, Stephen D., ed.
    • Mayas -- Kings and rulers.
    Webster, David L., 1943-
  • Trees of Paradise and Pillars of the World: The Serial Stela Cycle of "18-Rabbit-God K," King of Copan (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Newsome, Elizabeth A. Trees of paradise and pillars of the world: the serial stela cycle of "18-Rabbit-God K," King of Copan.
    • Copán Site (Honduras)
    Eiss, Paul.
  • Of Wonders and Wise Men: Religion and Popular Cultures in Southeast Mexico, 1800-1876 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Rugeley, Terry, 1956- Of wonders and wise men: religion and popular cultures in southeast Mexico, 1800-1876.
    • Mexico, Southeast -- Religious life and customs.
    Kellogg, Susan.
  • Histories and Stories from Chiapas: Border Identities in Southern Mexico, and: Mesoamerican Healers (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hernández Castillo, Rosalva Aída. Histories and stories from Chiapas: border identities in Southern Mexico.
    • Pou, Martha, tr.
    • Huber, Brad R. (Brad Richard), 1954-, ed. Mesoamerican healers.
    • Sandstrom, Alan R., ed.
    • Mam Indians -- Mexico -- Ethnic identity.
    • Indians of Mexico -- Rites and ceremonies.
    Maxwell, Judith M. (Judith Marie), 1948-
  • Heart of Heaven, Heart of Earth and Other Mayan Folktales, and: The Life of Our Language: Kaqchikel Maya Maintenance, Shift, and Revitalization (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Sexton, James D., ed. Heart of heaven, heart of earth and other Mayan folktales.
    • Bizarro Ujpán, Ignacio, ed.
    • Garzon, Susan, 1950- Life of our language: Kaqchikel Maya maintenance, shift, and revitalization.
    • Tzutuhil Indians -- Folklore.
    • Cakchikel language -- Social aspects.
    Vinson, Ben.
  • Negros, mulatos, esclavos y libertos en la Costa Rica del siglo XVII (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Cáceres Gómez, Rina. Negros, mulatos, esclavos y libertos en la Costa Rica del siglo XVII.
    • Slaves -- Costa Rica -- History -- 17th century.
    Langer, Erick Detlef.
  • The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas, vol. 3, pts. 1 and 2: South America (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Salomon, Frank, ed. Cambridge history of the native peoples of the Americas.
    • Schwartz, Stuart B., ed.
    • Indians of North America -- History.
    Lane, Kris E., 1967-
  • Andean Worlds: Indigenous History, Culture, and Consciousness under Spanish Rule, 1532-1825, and: Indian Society in the Valley of Lima, Peru, 1532-1824 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Andrien, Kenneth J., 1951- Andean worlds: indigenous history, culture, and consciousness under Spanish rule, 1532-1825.
    • Charney, Paul. Indian society in the Valley of Lima, Peru, 1532-1824.
    • Incas -- Government relations.
    • Indians of South America -- Peru -- Lima Region -- History.
    Coyle, Philip E. (Philip Edward), 1961-
  • The Tale of Healer Miguel Perdomo Neira: Medicine, Ideologies, and Power in the Nineteenth-Century Andes (review)
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    • Sowell, David, 1952- Tale of healer Miguel Perdomo Neira: medicine, ideologies, and power in the nineteenth-century Andes.
    • Perdomo Neira, Miguel.
    Diacon, Todd A.
  • Racial Revolutions: Antiracism and Indian Resurgence in Brazil, and: Indigenous Struggle at the Heart of Brazil: State Policy, Frontier Expansion, and the Xavante Indians, 1937-1988 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Warren, Jonathan W. Racial revolutions: antiracism and Indian resurgence in Brazil.
    • Garfield, Seth, 1967- Indigenous struggle at the heart of Brazil: state policy, frontier expansion, and the Xavante Indians, 1937-1988.
    • Indians of South America -- Brazil -- Ethnic identity.
    • Xavante Indians -- Government relations.
    Krippner, James.
  • A Comparative Study of Thirty City-State Cultures: An Investigation Conducted by the Copenhagen Polis Centre (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Hansen, Mogens Herman, 1940-, ed. Comparative study of thirty city-state cultures: an investigation.
    • City-states -- Cross-cultural studies.
    Cave, Alfred A.
  • Voices from the Delaware Big House Ceremony (review)
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    • Grumet, Robert Steven, ed. Voices from the Delaware Big House Ceremony.
    • Big House Ceremony (Delaware rite)
    Jacknis, Ira.
  • Gateways: Exploring the Legacy of the Jesup North Pacific Expedition, 1897-1902 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Krupnik, Igor, ed. Gateways: exploring the legacy of the Jesup North Pacific Expedition, 1897-1902.
    • Fitzhugh, William W., 1943-, ed.
    • Jesup North Pacific Expedition (1897-1902) -- Congresses.

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