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Zuni Origins: Toward a New Synthesis of Southwestern Archaeology
By David A. Gregory, David R. Wilcox. University of Arizona Press. 517 pp. . $75.00.
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Where did the Zuni come from and when did they arrive? Were they related to the Mogollon people of east-central Arizona? Who were their neighbors, and how did the Zuni come by food and conduct trade? This imposing book convenes a cast of experts to address basic questions, and in the process discusses everything Zuni. This model of inquiry and exposition is now the standard for Zuni studies and, because of its scope, is a major book about the history of humans in the Southwest. Readers, even browsers, will be richly rewarded. The chapters are clearly written. Id start with chapter 7 on the archaic origins of the Zuni, chapter 8 on agriculture, and chapter 17 on trade networks and copper bells. It is now the benchmark of Zuni studies. []
The Zuni language is spoken only in the pueblo of Zuni and there are no known relatives to this "linguistic isolate." Thus, some 21 scholars have contributed results of research on the question of Zuni origins, and their possible link to the Mogollon culture. They have studied prehistory, archaeological evidence, rock art, settlement systems, economic systems, migration patterns, and more in their efforts. Maps, charts, drawings, and photographs are liberally placed throughout with closed to 60 pages of references. It would have been nice to see a translation of Zuni words that appear in the index, where possible. This huge, scholarly book will be welcomed by professionals in a number of fields including students. []

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