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Resident Scholar Fellowship Program
Douglas Schwartz, School for Advanced Research

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A Pueblo Social History: Kinship, Sodality, and Community in the Northern Southwest (Book)
Title: A Pueblo Social History: Kinship, Sodality, and Community in the Northern Southwest
Author: John A. Ware
Abstract: "A Pueblo Social History" explores the intersection of archaeology, ethnohistory, and ethnology. John Ware argues that all of the key Pueblo social, ceremonial, and political institutions—and their relative importance across the Pueblo world—can only be explained in terms of indigenous social history stretching back nearly two millennia. He shows that the principal community organizations of the Pueblos emerged for the first time nearly thirteen hundred years ago, and that the interaction of these organizations would forge most of the unique social practices and institutions described in the historical Pueblo ethnographies. This book offers new perspectives on the pithouse to pueblo transition, Chaco phenomenon, evolution of Rio Grande moieties, Western Pueblo lineages and clans, Katsina cult, great kivas, dynamics of village aggregation in the late prehistoric period, and much more. In the tradition of classic anthropological writings, this book focuses on the details of a particular case as it carries general lessons to the discipline.
Year: 2014
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Publisher: School for Advanced Research Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9781938645334

Polygamy and the Rise and Demise of the Aztec Empire (Book)
Title: Polygamy and the Rise and Demise of the Aztec Empire
Author: Hassig, Ross
Abstract: This provocative examination of Aztec marriage practices offers a powerful analysis of the dynamics of society and politics in Mexico before and after the Spanish conquest. The author surveys what it means to be polygynous by comparing the practice in other cultures, past and present, and he uses its demographic consequences to flesh out this understudied topic in Aztec history. Polygyny provided Aztec women with opportunities for upward social mobility. It also led to increased migration to Tenochtitlan and influenced royal succession as well as united the empire. Surprisingly, the shift to monogamy that the Aztecs experienced in a single generation took over a millennium to occur in Europe. Hassig’s analysis sheds new light on the conquest, showing that the imposition of monogamy—rather than military might, as earlier scholars have assumed—was largely responsible for the strong and rapid Spanish influence on Aztec society.
Year: 2016
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780826357120
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes