Where the Earth and Sky Are Sewn Together

Sobaípuri-O’odham Contexts of Contact and Colonialism

The Sobaípuri-O’odham occupied the San Pedro and Santa Cruz valleys of southern Arizona from the 1400s. Their descendants reside at the contemporary community if Wa:k (San Xavier del Bac). Most of the protohistory and history concerning the Sobaípuri-O’odham has been gleaned from documents written by the early Spanish colonizers and other Europeans and emphasizes the influence of Father Eusebio Kino; there are few accounts of the indigenous people themselves.

In recent years, however, archaeological surveys and excavations in southern Arizona have revealed new information about this group. Where the Earth and Sky Are Sewn Together includes these archaeological findings to provide an enhanced interpretation of the Sobaípuri-O’odham lifeway, addressing questions that have been unanswerable by historical documents alone. Seymour considers new methods and theory for tackling the difficulties of working with a sparse archaeological record and proposes some very different answers. This book represents a much revised rendition of the historian’s Sobaípuri-O’odham, a people who once dominated southern Arizona’s landscape.

Deni J. Seymour is a research associate at the University of Arizona and a research archaeologist for Dos Locos Consultores, LLC. She has been studying the archaeology of the protohistoric and historic Sobaípuri-O’odham, Apache, and others for more than a quarter century.

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Table of Contents:
List of Figures
List of Tables
1. The Fertile Fields of the Sobaípuri-O’odham
2. Background and Basis
3. Integrating Sources
4. Distinguishing the Sobaípuri
5. O’odham Housing
6. O’odham Domestic Space
7. Sobaípuri Foodways and Hearth-Related Practices
8. Sobaípuri Land Use
9. Dating Sites
10. Ranchería and Community
11. Sobaipuri Occupational Duration
12. Contrarian Perspectives on Sobaípuri Transformation
13. A Relation to the Sobaípuri Past
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