Winds from the north : Tewa origins and historical anthropology /

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Author / Creator:Ortman, Scott G., 1970-
Imprint:Salt Lake City : University of Utah Press, c2012.
Description:xiii, 485 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
Format: Print Book
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ISBN:9781607811725 (cloth : alk. paper)
1607811723 (cloth : alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Ortman (Crow Canyon Archaeological Center) has produced a readable account of the possible origins of the Tewa Pueblo people of northern New Mexico. His hypothesis is that Mesa Verde groups living in the cliff dwellings of southern Colorado left the region in the late 13th century and moved to the fertile floodplain of the Rio Grande. Three sources of evidence are usually used to trace origins: artifacts, genes, and language. Ortman's thesis is that there is no reason to suspect that these are transmitted between generations as a discrete package and that it is more profitable to use them as independent lines of evidence concerning cultural origins. One might debate his conclusions, but Ortman presents his data in a straightforward and understandable manner that will interest readers at almost all levels. Of particular appeal will be the well-thought-out discussion of just how difficult the examination of cultural origins can be. Interested readers might also want to look at Leaving Mesa Verde: Peril and Change in the Thirteenth-Century Southwest, edited by T. A. Kohler et al. (2010), which provides an excellent archaeological and environmental backdrop for Ortman's work. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. M. J. O'Brien University of Missouri--Columbia

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