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By B. Sunday Eiselt

The tale of 1 of the longest-lived and such a lot profitable nomadic enclaves in North the US presents an extraordinary glimpse into the fabric expressions of Apache self-determination and survival. for almost 2 hundred years the Jicarilla Apache of latest Mexico thrived within the interstices of Pueblo and Spanish settlements following their expulsion from the Plains. serious to their good fortune used to be their skill to increase key facets 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 big position in conserving jointly the social cloth of latest Mexican villages after the autumn of the Spanish Empire.

This complete examine via Sunday Eiselt starts with the nice Athapaskan migration out of Canada in the course of prehis-toric occasions and ends with the compelled cost of the Jicarilla at the Dulce reservation within the Eighties. Eiselt combines archaeological and ethno­historical info in an exam of Jicarilla ideas for self-preservation. She unearths the ideological and political imperatives of “­belonging” that formed their interactions with neighborhood groups and the kingdom and that enabled them to prevent reservation existence good into the Eighteen Eighties. all through their lengthy background, Jicarilla identification remained intact, designated, and discernable whilst existence at the reservation disrupted the intimate connections that when existed with their Hispanic and Pueblo neighbors.

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On the way many disobeyed and wanted to stop. Finally some reached the center of the earth. These are the Jicarilla Apaches. About fifteen miles east of Taos is the place where the Jicarilla Apache stopped. This is the heart of the world. Other Indians stopped at different places during the journey and live at the arms or the legs of the earth or in some other part of her body; but the Jicarilla went straight to the heart of the earth and stopped there. — ​Morris Opler 1938a:48 On March 27, 1852, William W.

The Plains also contain an overall lower diversity of large game relative to the boreal forest, making bison the game animal of choice by necessity for much of the year. Given the labor required to communally hunt and process these large animals, proto-Apacheans must have shifted to bison procurement as part of their movement south. This would have entailed the development of new subsistence strategies and technologies as well as the reorganization of labor practices and the demographic parameters of the group to meet the demands of communal hunting.

Ives (1990) characterizes this as the “local group growth” pattern. The general economic configuration minimizes borrowing and cooperation with outside groups and entails irregular episodes 34 | Chapter 3 of communal hunting and intervening periods of alternative economic pursuits. , the married couple must reside with either the wife’s or the husband’s family) and the local group conceives of itself as comprising same-sex sibling cores (siblings of the same sex reside together). The preferred configuration for marriage in this context is one in which female siblings of one lineage are united with male siblings of another.

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