The Frontier People: The Greater Southwest in the Protohistoric Period
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
xvii+469 pages with maps, illustrations, figures, photographs, drawings, appendices, bibliography and index. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 1/2") bound in original publisher's blue cloth with silver lettering to spine in original pictorial jacket. Signed by the author. Revised edition.
Originally published by the Center for Archaeological Investigations in 1982, The Frontier People is a significant contribution to anthropological and historical studies. Such added features as a chapter on La Junta Province, appendices, index and photographs interspersed throughout the text make the UNM Press edition a substantially revised and expanded volume which will be of interest of anthropologists, historians and cultural geographers as well as the general reader. Embracing an area from Colorado to southern Chihuahua, from Texas to the shores of the Pacific, Riley divides the Greater Southwest into provinces. Each province is carefully treated by discussing natural features, languages, populations, subsistence, settlement patterns, trade, social organization, warfare, and religion. The sources of his data are the earliest Spanish records available, which are liberally interpreted by Riley's familiarity with the the archaeological record. Few have attempted such deep analysis so that the questions Riley raises may yet force future scholars to elaborate even more precise answers.
Signed on the title page. Heal corner's gently bumped else a near fine copy in a fine jacket.
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