Movement, Connectivity, and Landscape Change in the Ancient Southwest

Feb 9th, 2012 | By | Category: 23-3: Technology and Culture, Media Reviews

MOVEMENT, CONNECTIVITY, AND LANDSCAPE CHANGE IN THE ANCIENT SOUTHWESTEdited by Margaret C. Nelson and Colleen Strawhacker
University Press of Colorado (2011)

Review by Michael W. Simpson

Within Movement, Connectivity, and Landscape Change in the Ancient Southwest, the editors have collected 27 different chapters that represent papers presented at the 20th Anniversary Southwest Symposium. The introductory chapter shows how issues have been transformed over time and explains that for the first time, the symposium focused on landscape change from an ecological perspective.

The remaining 26 chapters are divided into three sections: Past and Present Issues, Landscape Use and Ecological Change, and Movement and Ethnogenesis (that is, the process of recognizing ethnic distinction).

Certain chapters stand out: Randall H. McGuire’s chapter on rethinking Social Power and Inequality in the Aboriginal Southwest offers a muchneeded review and seeks a multiple-perspective approach. And the chapter by Stewart B. Koyiyumptewa and Chip Colwell-Chanthaphonh reminds us of differing ways of knowing and their importance in protecting the sacred.

Michael W. Simpson, J.D., M.Ed, is a teacher, lawyer, and social justice advocate and a Ph.D. candidate in American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona. He may be reached at mwsjd85@aol.com.

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