By B. Sunday Eiselt

The tale of 1 of the longest-lived and such a lot profitable nomadic enclaves in North the United States offers an extraordinary glimpse into the fabric expressions of Apache self-determination and survival. for almost two hundred years the Jicarilla Apache of recent Mexico thrived within the interstices of Pueblo and Spanish settlements following their expulsion from the Plains. serious to their luck was once their skill to increase key elements of Plains-Pueblo trade to Indian and mixed-blood groups at the fringes of colonial rule. greater than different nomadic tribes, the Jicarilla performed a major position in preserving jointly the social textile of latest Mexican villages after the autumn of the Spanish Empire.

This complete research through Sunday Eiselt starts with the nice Athapaskan migration out of Canada in the course of prehis-toric instances and ends with the compelled payment of the Jicarilla at the Dulce reservation within the Eighties. Eiselt combines archaeological and ethno­historical information in an exam of Jicarilla options for self-preservation. She finds the ideological and political imperatives of “­belonging” that formed their interactions with neighborhood groups and the country and that enabled them to prevent reservation existence good into the Eighties. all through their lengthy heritage, Jicarilla id remained intact, certain, and discernable whilst existence at the reservation disrupted the intimate connections that after existed with their Hispanic and Pueblo neighbors.


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