Chad Schimke

Thursday, September 8, 2011

INDIANS OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST

Indians of the American SouthwestIndians of the American Southwest by Steven L. Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

INDIANS OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST – Indians of the American Southwest by Steven L. Walker is a good topic resource. It’s not a typical book, as the focus is photography; there are 64 pages, so it’s really more like a magazine. The focus on photography isn’t a criticism, because many of the photos are beautiful. The photography aspect is important so the reader can envision the monumental natural settings and cliff dwellings. The title however is VERY misleading; the primary focus of this book is on the Chaco Anasazi. There are much shorter sections on a couple of other tribes and ancient inhabitants, along with arts and crafts. I think this book should have included articles on the Acoma or Navajo, but it didn’t. SIDENOTE - PBS (PUBLIC TV) has an excellent documentary on the topic of Chaco Anasazi culture, THE MYSTERY OF CHACO CANYON, see below for the link. Or, enter the title in the search field of the PBS website to pull up info on the documentary.

http://video.pbs.org/video/1966617792/


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