The Pima Bajo of Central Sonora, Mexico

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Author: Pennington, Campbell White (1918-2015)

Year: 1979-80

Publisher: University of Utah Press

Place: Salt Lake City


2 volumes. Volume 1: The Material Culture, xvii+410 pages with frontispiece, map, figures, plates, table, appendix, bibliography and index; Volume 2: Vocabulario en la Lengua Nevome, xxix+129 pages with figures with bibliography and index. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 1/2") issued in beige with brown lettering to spine and front cover. 1st editions.

This study presents a detailed account of surviving Pima Bajo material culture along the middle course of the Rio Yaqui in central Sonora, Mexico. In conjunction with his two studies of The Tarahumar of Mexico and The Tepehuan of Chihuahua, this volume adds to the record from northern Mexico aboriginal and contemporary Indian groups. Archival materials indicate that at Contact of Pima Bajo extended in a continuous band from the middle portion of the Rio Sonora to the middle reaches of the Rio Yaqui and eastward into the Sierra Madre Occidental. The present-day Pima Bajo are geographically divided into two groups, and in this work Pennington focuses on the culturally more advanced western Pima, since few studies have been done on this segment of the Pima population. He extensively analyzes archival materials pertaining to the Pima Bajo of the historical period and discusses the contact between Spaniard, Indian and Mestizo. Military and ecclesiastical records document this contact over the last 300 years. Pennington also makes reference to materials found in a previously unpublished Pima Bajo vocabulary that was probably composed during the seventeenth century.


Page ends soiled, previous owner's name on front end paper of volume one. Jacket corners and spine ends lightly rubbed, lightly chipped at spine head of volume One. A very good set in better than very good jacket.

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