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Shells on a Desert Shore: Mollusks in the Seri World (Southwest Center)

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In Mexicoand#8217;s western Sonoran Desert along the Gulf of California is a place made extraordinary by the desert solitude, the dynamic sea, and the people who live thereand#8212;the Seris. Central to the lives of these people are the sea and its shores.

and#160;and#160; and#160;Shells on a Desert Shore describes the Seri knowledge of mollusks and includes names, folklore, history, uses, and much more. Cathy Moser Marlettand#8217;s research of several decades, conducted in the Seri language, builds on work begun in 1951 by her parents, Edward and Becky Moser. The language, spoken by fewer than a thousand people today, is considered endangered. Marlett presents what she has learned from Seri consultants over recent decades and also draws from her own childhood experiences while living in a Seri village. The information from the people who had lived as hunter-gatherers provides a window into a lifestyle no longer recalled from personal experience by most Seris todayand#8212;and perhaps a window into the lives of other peoples who made the Gulfand#8217;s shores their home.

and#160;and#160; and#160;The book offers a wealth of information about Seri history, as well as species accounts of more than 150 mollusks from the Seri area on the central Gulf coast. Chapters describe how the people ate mollusks or used them medicinally, how the mollusks were named, and how their shells were used. The author provides several hundred detailed drawings and photographs, many of them archival.

and#160;and#160; and#160;Shells on a Desert Shore is a fresh, original presentation of a significant part of the Seri way of life. Unique because it is written from the perspective of a participant in the Seri culture, the book will stand as a definitive, irreplaceable work in ethnography, a time capsule of the Seri people and their connection to the sea.

Synopsis:

Shells on a Desert Shore is a fresh, original look at an indigenous culture of North America having a deep and intimate knowledge of the Gulf of California. Cathy Moser Marlett offers a richly illustrated ethnographic work, describing the Seri knowledge of mollusks and their cultural importance.

About the Author

Cathy Moser Marlett is an illustrator of literacy materials for use in the indigenous languages of Mexico, working with SIL International. As the daughter of field linguists working with the Seris, she spent her childhood in the Seri village of Desemboque. Her illustrations have appeared in numerous publications, including People of the Desert and Sea: Ethnobotany of the Seri Indians and a trilingual Seri dictionary.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816530687
Author:
Cathy Moser Marlett.
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Author:
Marlett, Cathy Moser
Author:
Felger, Richard S
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Southwest Center Series
Publication Date:
20140631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
140 photos, 200+ illust, 12 tables
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies

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