-- Presents comprehensive and honest accounts of the life and culture of American Indians-- Examines the issues and conflicts involving Native Americans today-- Discusses many lesser-known but equally important tribes-- Packed with photographs, paintings, and maps-- 8-page full-color photo essay on Indian art and relics...
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Watching a Gold Rush documentary my curiosity piqued regarding Pima Indians; their life-sustaining role assisting 49ers cross what’s now southern Arizona was highly praised. And then reading “Flag of Our Fathers” by James Bradley, learning of Pima paratrooper, Ira Hayes, curiosity got the best of me. Who exactly are the Pima? Where did they originate? How is it they were so helpful to those migrating westward, when Apache and other tribes were ruthless? What were/are their traditions, arts, beliefs? Where are they now? “The Pima-Maricopa” written by Henry F. Dobyns answered all these questions and more. The text is easy reading, and there are many wonderful B&W sketches/photographs depicting everything from the ruins of Casa Grande at Blackwater Village to the modern day Gila River Arts and Crafts Center/Museum. There’s also a full-color photo gallery showcasing their decorative baskets and Redware Pottery. One of the things I found most amazing was that archaeologists and paleontologists through carbon dating and village-ruin-footprinting place the Pima in the Gila River Valley around 300 BC. And the Pima were quite resourceful engineers, both in housing construction and water irrigation systems; as well as being master farmers. The ingenious interconnecting use of terracing and canals gave Pima the ability to grow non-desert-typical crops: watermelon, corn, pumpkin and wheat. In appreciation for their bountiful blessings, they thought it an honor to aide others – the 49ers, Mormons, and the U.S. Calvary. Sadly though, their generous peaceful spirit was eventually taken advantage of, most unjustly, by migration expansionists and the U.S. government. Overall, “The Pima-Maricopa” is an insightful, broad-compassing, quick and easy read; though a bit dry at times, as is often the case with textbook style non-fiction. And it's a bit dated, copyright 1989. However, it satisfied my ‘historically-relevant’ piqued curiosity. Plus, I enjoyed the text-enhanced photographs and pictorial gallery. “The Pima-Maricopa,” three-solid-stars in general, and four stars on my curiosity-satisfaction meter.