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Study of Southwestern Archaeology

Study of Southwestern Archaeology
$34.95

In this volume Steve Lekson argues that, for over a century, southwestern archaeology got the history of the ancient Southwest wrong. Instead, he advocates an entirely new approach--one that separates archaeological thought in the Southwest from its anthropological home and moves to more historical ways of thinking.
Focusing on the enigmatic monumental center at Chaco Canyon, the book provides a historical analysis of how Southwest archaeology confined itself, how it can break out of those confines, and how it can proceed into the future. Lekson suggests that much of what we believe about the ancient Southwest should be radically revised. Looking past old preconceptions brings a different Chaco Canyon into view: more than an eleventh-century Pueblo ritual center, Chaco was a political capital with nobles and commoners, a regional economy, and deep connections to Mesoamerica. By getting the history right, a very different science of the ancient Southwest becomes possible and archaeology can be reinvented as a very different discipline.

Publication Date: 
2018-12-20

Ten Little Rabbits

Ten Little Rabbits
$6.99

Weaving, fishing, and storytelling are all part of this spirited book that celebrates Native American traditions as it teaches young children to count from one to ten.

Publication Date: 
1998-07-01

This Is Mesa Verde

This Is Mesa Verde
$12.99

This Is Mesa Verde has stunning photographs and interpretive text that allow you, the reader, to learn more about the beauty and wonder that Mesa Verde has to offer each visitor.

"As Ancestral Pueblo people settled down and clustered together, individual families no longer had to do everything for themselves. Those who were especially good at hunting or farming could provide for others outside their own home, while artisans had more time to work on tools, baskets, clothing, and jewelry. Rooted where they could keep their materials and surrounded by others with a need for their work, artisans made objects of great beauty as well as utility". – Susan Lamb, This Is Mesa Verde

Those Who Came Before

Those Who Came Before
$24.99

An essential reference for anyone interested in southwestern archaeology, Those Who Came Before is a substantially revised and expanded overview of the legacy of prehistoric cultures of the American Southwest, as preserved and interpreted by the National Park Service in more than 37 sites. It includes duotone photos from the George A. Grant Collection plus a color portfolio by George H.H. Huey. It also comes with a companion DVD!

Turquoise, Water, Sky

Turquoise, Water, Sky
$29.95

This book provides an overview of the uses of turquoise in native arts of the Southwest, beginning with the earliest people who mined and processed the stone for use in jewelry, on decorative objects, and as a powerful element in ceremony. In the past, as now, turquoise was valued for its color and beauty but also for its symbolic nature: sky, water, health, protection, abundance. The book traces historical and contemporary jewelry made by Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, and Santo Domingo artisans, and the continuously inventive ways the stone has been worked.

Publication Date: 
2015-04-15

Two Raven House

Two Raven House
$19.99

A monograph in the Wetherill Mesa Project in the Archaeological Research Series.On a sunny day in May of 1960, Jerry Melbye found the rubble ruins of a small pueblo in an open glade of sagebrush. A steel stake bearing a site number was driven into the mound and it was recorded that here was a single story house of from 9 to 12 rooms fronted by a kiva and an extensive trash mound. The report is largely descriptive with a minimum of interpretation and no attempt to define archaeology or spell out cultural history.

Unbreakable Code

Unbreakable Code
$7.95

John's mother is getting married and he has to leave the reservation. John's grandfather tells him he has the special unbreakable code to take with him. This story portrays the quiet pride of a Navajo code talker as he explains to his grandson how the Navajo language, faith and ingenuity helped win World War II. Full color.

Publication Date: 
2007-04-01

Uprising

Uprising
$16.95

The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 changed the course of history. It was the only war that American Indians ever won against the Europeans.   The Pueblo people rose up to drive the Spanish military, colonists, and Franciscans all the way back to New Spain (today's Mexico).

In this new nonfiction account, Jake Page delves into the events leading up to the revolt, its aftermath, and the lesser-known second revolt. Experience the history, culture, and struggle for religious freedom from the perspective of the Pueblo people.

Publication Date: 
2014-01-15

Warriors

Warriors
$19.95

During World War II, as the Japanese were breaking American codes as quickly as they could be devised, a small group of Navajo Indian Marines provided their country with its only totally secure cryptogram.

Racruited from the vast reaches of the Navajo reservation in Arizona and New Mexico, from solitary and traditional lives, the young Navajo men who made up the code talkers were present at some of the Pacific Theatre's bloodiest battles.  They spoke to each other in the Navajo language, relaying vital information between the fron lines and headquarters.  their contribution was immeasurable, their bravery unquestionable.

Seventy-five of the surviving Navajo code talkers are included in this book, their faces testaments to long and valiant lives.

Publication Date: 
1990-09-01

Whispers of the Wolf

Whispers of the Wolf
$16.95

A young boy named Two Birds had found the abandoned wolf pup in a cave, and they had grown up together side by side. But now the wild wolves were calling, and the young wolf yearned to be free. Would Two Birds release his companion back into the wild? Set around 500 years ago among the Pueblo Indians of the desert Southwest, this heartwarming story teaches us the importance of letting go of our fears.

Publication Date: 
2015-10-07

Who Pooped on the Colorado Plateau

Who Pooped on the Colorado Plateau
$11.95

Watch where you step! Sometimes the animals in the Colorado Plateau are hard to find but you can almost always find their poop! Come along with Michael, Emily, and their family as they find poop (scat) and footprints (tracks) and discover which animal made them!

An ideal tool for teaching young children about animal behavior, diet, and scat and tracks identification the perfect companion for in the car or in the field on your next trip to the Colorado Plateau of Arizona, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Fun illustrations of the animals and their scat and tracks supplement the charming story, and a quick-reference chart at the back makes field identification a breeze!

For children ages 5 to 8

Colorful illustrations

Scat and track identification chart in the back

Featured animals: desert cottontail, black-tailed jackrabbit, mule deer, porcupine, antelope, ground squirrel, coyote, mountain lion, gray fox, gopher snake, golden eagle

Publication Date: 
2008-02-01

Wildflowers of Colorado

Wildflowers of Colorado
$18.95

Learn to identify wildflowers in Colorado with this handy field guide, organized by color.

With this famous field guide by professional nature photographer Don Mammoser and award-winning author and naturalist Stan Tekiela, you can make wildflower identification simple, informative, and productive. There's no need to look through dozens of photos of wildflowers that don't grow in Colorado. Learn about 200 of the most common and important species found in the state. They're organized by color and then by size for ease of use. Fact-filled information contains the particulars that you want to know, while full-page photographs provide the visual detail needed for accurate identification.

Book Features

  • 200 species: Only Colorado wildflowers!
  • Simple color guide: See a purple flower? Go to the purple section
  • Fact-filled information and stunning professional photographs
  • Icons that make visual identification quick and easy
  • Nature Notes, including naturalist tidbits and facts
  • This new edition includes updated photographs, expanded information, and even more expert naturalist insights. Grab Wildflowers of Colorado Field Guide for your next outing--to help you positively identify the wildflowers that you see.

    Publication Date: 
    2022-07-26

    Wildflowers of Mesa Verde

    Wildflowers of Mesa Verde
    $11.95

    This book is a visitor's guide to some of the more commonly seen plants of Mesa Verde National Park.  It was inspired by Stephen Wenger's wonderful book, Flowers of Mesa Verde National Park, that was published over thirty years ago by the Mesa Verde Association.  To facilitate identification of the plants, both a close-up of the flower or cone as well as a photo of the entire plant are included for each of the featured wildflowers, tree, shrubs, cacti, and grasses.  Uses by Indians and ecological information have been incorporated into the book.  There is a place at the bottom of each page to record when and where each plant was first seen.  Invasive plants that have created problems in the area are discussed in a special section at the end of the book.

    Publication Date: 
    2007-01-01

    Windows of the Past

    Windows of the Past
    $17.99

    Windows of the Past is a stunning collection of nearly 200 photographs from the famous landmarks to the subtlest of intimate details of America's Southwest.  

    Florence C. Lister, whose evocative essay, "The Prehistoric Drama" is included in this title, has been active in Southwestern prehistoric and Spanish colonial archaeology for more than half a century.  A distinguished archaeologist and educator, she has authored many technical reports and books for the general public. 

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