The Mexican Kickapoo Indians

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Author: Latorre, Felipe A (1907- ) and Dolores L Latorre (1903- ) inscribedd by both authors

Year: 1976

Publisher: University of Texas Press

Place: Austin


xix+401 pages with illustrations, tables, bibliography and index. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 1/2") issued in grey cloth with blue lettering to spine. Foreword by William Madsen. Inscribed "For Joe and Mary Renfro with warmest regards, Dolores L Latorre Felipe Latorre" 1st edition.

A small group of Kickapoo Indians, members of an Algonquian tribe native to the forests of Wisconsin, have been living in the semiarid brush country of northern Coahuila for more than a century. Adapting their Woodland culture to the requirements of a very different geography and a succession of economic and political changes, the have always been determined to preserve their tribal identity and traditions to the greatest extent possible. Since the 1950's most of the Mexican Kickapoos have spent a large part of each year away from their village, working as migrant farm laborers in the United States, with resulting inroads on the ceremonial calendar and increased contact with other cultures. But the Indians remain fiercely loyal to their own ways and suspicious of outsiders. The Kickapoos' hostility toward intruders prevented earlier anthropologists from staying among them long enough to study the culture on more than a superficial level. Felipe and Dolores Latorre succeeded where others had failed by settling in the market town of Muzquiz, several miles from the Kickapoo village, and getting acquainted with the Indians on a gradual basis. Their twelve-year study has resulted in the first detailed ethnographic description of the tribe.


Dust jacket corners and spine ends chipped, edge wear with closed tears and creases, else a very good copy in like jacket.

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