BOOKS RECEIVED: Diane Barthel-Bouchier, “Cultural Heritage and the Challenge of Sustainability” (Left Coast Press, 2012)
For cultural and heritage institutions around the world, sustainability is the major challenge of the twenty-first century. In the first major work to analyze this critical issue, Barthel-Bouchier argues that programmatic commitments to sustainability arose both from direct environmental threats… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Anna S. Agbe-Davies, “Tobacco, Pipes, and Race in Colonial Virginia: Little Tubes of Mighty Power” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
Tobacco, Pipes, and Race in Colonial Virginia investigates the economic and social power that surrounded the production and use of tobacco pipes in colonial Virginia and the difficulty of correlating objects with cultural identities. A common artifact in colonial period… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Stephen Nugent, “Scoping the Amazon: Image, Icon, and Ethnography” (Left Coast Press, 2007)
The Amazon Indian is an icon that straddles the world between the professional anthropologist and the popular media. Presented alternately as the noble primitive, the savior of the environment, and as a savage, dissolute, cannibalistic half-human, it is an image… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Brian, Benton, and Garcia Loaeza, eds., “The Native Conquistador: Alva Ixtlilxochitl’s Account of the Conquest of New Spain” (Penn State UP, 2015)
For many years, scholars of the conquest worked to shift focus away from the Spanish perspective and bring attention to the often-ignored voices and viewpoints of the Indians. But recent work that highlights the “Indian conquistadors” has forced scholars to… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Charles E. Trimble, “The American Indian Oral History Manual: Making Many Voices Heard” (Left Coast Press, 2008)
Oral history is a widespread and well-developed research method in many fields―but the conduct of oral histories of and by American Indian peoples has unique issues and concerns that are too rarely addressed. This essential guide begins by differentiating between… Read More
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