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As Americans debate what it means to be a multicultural society,one need only turn for lessons to the Southwest, where distinct peoples have coexisted over centuries. Here difference has not only survived but thrived in a melting pot of races and customs.This book presents a montage of differing perspectives demonstrating that there is no single, definitive description of the Southwest. It brings together a host of writers, from early travelers and historians to contemporary commentators, who explore a region diverse in its people and ecology and show it to be not just a segment of the nation, but rather a border contact zone.The editors have assembled an interdisciplinary composite, drawing on history, sociology, anthropology, and geography. Fiction, essays, poetry, newspaper articles, and interviews with local inhabitants add a colorful dimension to the coverage. All of the contributions reveal the tremendous impact that everyday occurrences can have and show how life in the Southwest is affected by the interweaving of social, cultural, and ecological forces. Together they demonstrate the role played by personal and cultural memory in creating alternative views of environment, landscape, human social interaction, conquest, dispossession, technological change, and the survival of cultures.The Multicultural Southwestis a multifaceted work that shows the many ways in which the past continues to affect the present. It will create in readers an awareness of the phenomena that fuel human imagination and creativity as it opens their eyes to the possibilities of the future.
Table of Contents
|Southwestern Views, Ethnic Angles||p. 1|
|The Southwest: A Definition||p. 3|
|The Golden Key to Wonderland||p. 7|
|The Chicano Homeland||p. 11|
|Dry Root in a Wash||p. 22|
|Sky Looms: Texts of Transformation and Sacred Worlds||p. 23|
|Perceptions of the Other||p. 41|
|Hopi Indian Ceremonies||p. 43|
|Seeing with the Native Eye: How Many Sheep Will It Hold?||p. 50|
|Romancing Mora||p. 60|
|"You Don't Know Cows Like I Do": Twentieth-Century New Mexico Ranch Culture||p. 71|
|Native America||p. 81|
|3 Am||p. 83|
|Raisin Eyes||p. 84|
|Remembering Tewa Pueblo Houses and Spaces||p. 86|
|And Then I Went to School: Memories of a Pueblo Childhood||p. 91|
|Ode to the Land: The Dine Perspective||p. 97|
|"We're Not Extinct"||p. 102|
|Hispano-Mestizo America||p. 107|
|Milo Maizes||p. 109|
|Lent in El Paso, Texas||p. 116|
|Sunday Mass||p. 118|
|Sombras de la Jicarita||p. 120|
|Mexican Children Get Hard Lesson: New Laws Cut Them from N. M. Schools||p. 133|
|Borderlands America||p. 137|
|To live in the Borderlands means you||p. 139|
|Baroque Principles of Organization in Contemporary Mexican American Arizona||p. 141|
|Interview: Jesus Martinez and Ricardo Murillo||p. 156|
|Legal Alien||p. 165|
|Raising Hell as Well as Wheat - Papago Indians Burying the Borderline||p. 166|
|Environment, Technology, and the Peoples of the Southwest||p. 171|
|Albuquerque Learns It Really Is a Desert Town||p. 173|
|In the Belly of the Beast||p. 182|
|The Box That Broke the Barrier: The Swamp Cooler Comes to Southern Arizona||p. 192|
|Urbanization Drains Reverence for Water||p. 201|
|The Navajos and National Sacrifice||p. 204|
|Making Culture: The Future Southwest||p. 219|
|Make-Believe and Graffiti: Envisioning New Mexico Families||p. 221|
|Creating A Tradition: The Great American Duck Race||p. 237|
|Roads to Heaven: Pilgrimage in the Southwest||p. 242|
|Sedona and the New (Age) Frontier||p. 253|
|Queen of Two Cultures||p. 262|
|Mythical Dimensions/Political Reality||p. 267|
|Jefe, todavia no saben...||p. 273|
|Birthplace Blues||p. 275|
|About the Contributors||p. 287|
|About the Editors||p. 293|
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