BOOKS RECEIVED: Gnecco and Ayala, eds., “Indigenous Peoples and Archaeology in Latin America” (Left Coast Press, 2012)
This book is the first to describe indigenous archaeology in Latin America for an English speaking audience. Eighteen chapters primarily by Latin American scholars describe relations between indigenous peoples and archaeology in the frame of national histories and examine the… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Juliet McMullin, “The Healthy Ancestor: Embodied Inequality and the Revitalization of Native Hawai’ian Health” (Left Coast Press, 2010)
Native Americans, researchers increasingly worry, are disproportionately victims of epidemics and poor health because they fail to seek medical care, are non-compliant patients, or lack immunity enjoyed by the mainstream population. Challenging this dominant approach to indigenous health, Juliet McMullin… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Anabel Ford and Ronald Nigh, “The Maya Forest Garden: Eight Millennia of Sustainable Cultivation of the Tropical Woodlands” (Left Coast Press, 2015)
The conventional wisdom says that the devolution of Classic Maya civilization occurred because its population grew too large and dense to be supported by primitive neotropical farming methods, resulting in debilitating famines and internecine struggles. Using research on contemporary Maya… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Henry Tantalean, “Peruvian Archaeology: A Critical History” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
This book offers a unique, critical perspective on the history of Peruvian archaeology by a native scholar. Leading Peruvian archaeologist Henry Tantalean illuminates the cultural legacy of colonialism beginning with “founding father” Max Uhle and traces key developments to the… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Hudson, Bates, Blackburn and Johnson, eds., “Treasures from Native California: The Legacy of Russian Exploration” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
The brief Russian presence in California yielded some of the earliest ethnography of Native Californians and some of the best collections of their material culture. Unstudied by western scholars because of their being housed in Russian museums, they are presented… Read More
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