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Patterns of Exchange: Navajo Weavers and Traders
By Teresa Wilkins. University of Oklahoma Press. 231 pp. Index. . $34.95.
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The traders, specifically Lorenzo Hubbell of Ganado, had an enormous influence on Navajo weaving by encouraging the women to create new designs that would attract Anglo-American buyers. He also commissioned artists to paint rug designs that Hubbell thought would please buyers, then asked the weavers to copy them (the framed paintings adorn one wall of the Hubbell rug room). the author interviewed a number of weavers for their point of view and it appears that some liked the idea, but always had the final say on the end product, perhaps adding something of her own. The Hubbell family operated some 36 trading posts, mainly in Arizona and New Mexico, thus creating a market for his weavers. Now in the new millenium, we see change over time. Weavers have become enormously creative and produce fine work. They travel to shows and museums and market their own rugs, in many cases, over the Internet. Who would have believed that their market is now global as collectors around the world buy and cherish a Navajo rug. Another topic for consideration is how Hubbell at the same time, was doing much the same thing to promote the Navajo silversmith, whose works have also become collectors' items. []

Pearl's Redemption
By C. H. Admirand. Five Star. 351 pp. $25.95.

After Pearl Lloyd’s husband died, she transformed their ranch from a house of ill-repute to a safe haven for the women living there. Trouble begins when a stranger from Boston arrives, claiming to have purchased the ranch.
Pecans: the Story in a Nutshell
By Jane Manaster. Texas Tech University Press. 104 pp. $19.95.

Although not native here, pecan orchards are spreading all over the Southwest. This small book tells about this wonderful native American nut and how it came to be so popular.
Photography: New Mexico
By Thomas F. Barrow. University Of New Mexico Press. 284 pp. $95.00.

This prominent expert has assembled a representative album of photographs of 25 outstanding contemporary photographers to illustrate the state of the art in New Mexico
Place of Refuge, A: Maynard Dixon's Arizona
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Finally settling in Arizona for the last decade of his life Maynard Dixon had traveled and painted throughout the American West supporting himself with commercial art projects and jobs for newspapers and magazines. As his unique style developed and his work became better known he was offered commissions for private and public murals and this recognition brought him sales of individual works. This book is a wonderful display of his Arizona art beginning in 1900 and ranging across four-and-a-half decades. Two essays provide the reader with an understanding of chronology and of Dixon's place in Western Art. Hagerty's chapter titled "Sky and Sandstone" frames his life chronologically while Smith's essay titled "Evading Conflict" helps us analyze the art itself. []

Post-War Dream, The: a Novel
By MItch Cullin. Nan A. Talese/Doubleday. 237 pp. . $24.00.
Hollis and Debra have retired to a comfortable new home in the Tucson suburbs with pool, gardening space, even a little “house” where Hollis can retreat. Pushed by Debra to begin an autobiography Hollis thinks (more than he writes) and we readers begin to see the outline of their past lives. During the Korean War a soldier Hollis detests was killed near him and a series of events leads him to Texas where that soldier’s family takes him in. Meanwhile, in the present Debra develops breast cancer and her slow decline despite every possible treatment, including experimental drugs, is a counterpoint to Hollis’ memories. Clever dialog (Debra, for example, calls mastectomy “a tonsillectomy for the aged”) and vivid descriptions (of Tucson, of Korea, of Texas) make for a memorable reading experience. []
Cullin tackles themes of love and loss, war and remembrance, and the tragedy of unintended consequences in this bittersweet novel set in a retirement community outside Tucson. Korean War memories and his wife's battle with cancer force Hollis Adams to weigh the past and present, and take painful measure of life's gains and losses. It is a tribute to Cullin's considerable talent that these large themes seamlessly play out in mundane events poetically rendered - a desert snowfall, a golf course stroll, the touch of a hand. Cullin's poignant story captures the soul of a generation not his own. It's a notable achievement for a young writer. []

Pottery of Zuni Pueblo, The
By Francis Harvey Harlow, Dwight P. Lanmon. Museum of New Mexico Press. 604 pp. Index. $150.00.
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Here is an unprecedented study of seven hundred years of Zuni pottery. The highly illustrated volume of over 600 pages contains a brief history of the Zuni people followed by illustrations of designs and shapes.Included are photographs of an incredible variety of designs on paint pots, boxes, freestanding figures and special forms. Zuni potters are featured along with their creations. Vicarious pleasure awaits those who love pottery and can own them all with this book. It is for all those interested in Native art, museum specialists, artists, ceramicists, and archaeologists and anthropologists. []

Preceramic Subsistence in Two Rock Shelters in Fresnal Canyon, South Central New Mexico
By Vorsila L. Bohrer. University of Arizona. 252 pp. . $24.95.
This technical archaeological report analyzes the plants that prehistoric people used at Fesnal Canyon rock shelter and High Rolls Cave northeast of Alamogordo, New Mexico. []

Pueblos, Spaniards, and the Kingdom of New Mexico
By John L. Kessell. University of Oklahoma Press. 232 pp. Index. $24.95.

In seven “linked stories,” one of the Southwest’s pre-eminent borderlands historians describes the complex colonial relationship between Spaniards and Native Americans that culminated in the 1680 Pueblo Revolt and the subsequent Spanish reconquest of New New Mexico.
Pure Goldwater
By John W. Dean, Barry Goldwater, Barry M. Goldwater. Palgrave Macmillan. 399 pp. . $27.95.
This is a good read resulting from assembling personal thoughts that Goldwater entered in his personal journal over a period of 50 years. He mused about individuals, events, political positions -- all of it. And he could say what he wanted since these were his private thoughts not being considered for publication. Though this is an important book about a notabl4 Arizonan and American, it has little southwestern content. []

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