The Multicultural Southwest: A Reader

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-10-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Arizona Pr
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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 Anglesp. 1
The Southwest: A Definitionp. 3
The Golden Key to Wonderlandp. 7
The Chicano Homelandp. 11
Dry Root in a Washp. 22
Sky Looms: Texts of Transformation and Sacred Worldsp. 23
Perceptions of the Otherp. 41
Hopi Indian Ceremoniesp. 43
Seeing with the Native Eye: How Many Sheep Will It Hold?p. 50
Romancing Morap. 60
"You Don't Know Cows Like I Do": Twentieth-Century New Mexico Ranch Culturep. 71
Native Americap. 81
3 Amp. 83
Raisin Eyesp. 84
Remembering Tewa Pueblo Houses and Spacesp. 86
And Then I Went to School: Memories of a Pueblo Childhoodp. 91
Ode to the Land: The Dine Perspectivep. 97
"We're Not Extinct"p. 102
Hispano-Mestizo Americap. 107
Milo Maizesp. 109
Lent in El Paso, Texasp. 116
Sunday Massp. 118
Sombras de la Jicaritap. 120
MexAmericap. 123
Mexican Children Get Hard Lesson: New Laws Cut Them from N. M. Schoolsp. 133
Borderlands Americap. 137
To live in the Borderlands means youp. 139
Baroque Principles of Organization in Contemporary Mexican American Arizonap. 141
Interview: Jesus Martinez and Ricardo Murillop. 156
Legal Alienp. 165
Raising Hell as Well as Wheat - Papago Indians Burying the Borderlinep. 166
Environment, Technology, and the Peoples of the Southwestp. 171
Albuquerque Learns It Really Is a Desert Townp. 173
In the Belly of the Beastp. 182
The Box That Broke the Barrier: The Swamp Cooler Comes to Southern Arizonap. 192
Urbanization Drains Reverence for Waterp. 201
The Navajos and National Sacrificep. 204
Making Culture: The Future Southwestp. 219
Make-Believe and Graffiti: Envisioning New Mexico Familiesp. 221
Creating A Tradition: The Great American Duck Racep. 237
Roads to Heaven: Pilgrimage in the Southwestp. 242
Sedona and the New (Age) Frontierp. 253
Queen of Two Culturesp. 262
Mythical Dimensions/Political Realityp. 267
Jefe, todavia no saben...p. 273
Birthplace Bluesp. 275
Creditsp. 281
About the Contributorsp. 287
About the Editorsp. 293
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