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New Directions in Native American Studies #1: Big Sycamore Stands Alone: The Western Apaches, Aravaipa, and the Struggle for Place

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Western Apaches have long regarded the corner of Arizona encompassing Aravaipa Canyon as their sacred homeland. This book examines the evolving relationship between this people and this place, illustrating the enduring power of Aravaipa to shape and sustain contemporary Apache society.

Big Sycamore Stands Alone: The Western Apaches, Aravaipa, and the Struggle for Place articulates Aravaipa’s cultural legacy as seen through the eyes of some of its descendants, bringing Apache voices, knowledge, and perspectives to the fore. Focusing on the Camp Grant Massacre as its narrative centerpiece, Ian Record employs a unique approach that reflects how the Apaches conceptualize their history and identity, interweaving four distinct narrative threads: contemporary oral histories of individuals from the San Carlos reservation, historic documentation of Apache relationships to Aravaipa following the reservation’s establishment, descriptions of pre-reservation subsistence practices, and a history of early Apache struggles to maintain their connection with Aravaipa in the face of hostility from outsiders.

In addition, Record has mined the research notes of Grenville Goodwin to document important elements of Apache economic, political, and social organization in pre-reservation times.

A landmark ethnohistory, Big Sycamore Stands Alone documents a story that goes far beyond Cochise, Geronimo, and the Chiricahuas. Record’s work is a trailblazing synthesis of historical and anthropological materials that lends new insight into the relationship between people and place.

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Record (American Indian studies, U. of Arizona) explores the complex relationship between the people and the Aravaipa Canyon in Arizona that they consider their sacred homeland. He discusses that relationship since the establishment of the San Carlos Reservation, and the people's pre-reservation struggle to maintain that connection in the face of hostility from others. Other narrative threads woven through the study are personal stories of contemporary Apaches and their relationship to Aravaipa, and an explanation of the sophisticated subsistence system governing pre-reservation Western Apache society. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A trailblazing synthesis of oral and written histories

Synopsis:

Western Apaches have long regarded the corner of Arizona encompassing Aravaipa Canyon as their sacred homeland. This book examines the evolving relationship between this people and this place, illustrating the enduring power of Aravaipa to shape and sustain contemporary Apache society.

About the Author

Ian W. Record is Senior Lecturer for the American Indian Studies Department at the University of Arizona, as well as Educational Resources Manager at the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy. He has published numerous articles in various journals and periodicals.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806139722
Author:
Record, Ian W.
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
United States - State & Local - Southwest
Subject:
Aravaipa Canyon (Ariz.) History.
Subject:
Western Apache Indians -- History.
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
New Directions in Native American Studies series
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 b&w illus., 5 maps
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.2 in 1.53 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Americana » General
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » Native American » Southwest
History and Social Science » World History » General

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