In this autobiographical work, eminent Pueblo Indian Historian Joe S. Sando reflects upon his life and his accomplishments over decades of monumental changes for the Pueblo people. The book traces his early years in Jemez Pueblo, his time in the Navy in World War II, and his career in education and study of Pueblo Indian History. In his lifetime Sando was the preeminent scholar on Pueblo history. Using colorful anecdotes throughout the book, Sando presents his story with clarity, insight, honesty and humor.
- Authors: Dr. Joe S. Sando
- Paperback: 203 pages
- Publisher: Clear Light Pub (September 1, 2008)
- ISBN-10: 1574160850
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
Joe S. Sando is the author of "Pueblo Nations: Eight Centuries of Pueblo Indian History," "Pueblo Profiles: Cultural Identity through Centuries of Change" and co-author of "Po'pay: Leader of the First American Revolution." Born into the Sun Clan at Jemez Pueblo, he was a former director of the Institute of Pueblo Study and Research at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He taught Pueblo Indian history at the University of New Mexico, the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and at U.S. International University. The first chairman of the All Indian Pueblo Housing Authority and the first chairman of the State Judicial Council, Sando was a commissioner on the Higher Education Task Force and the Po'pay Statuary Hall Commission. He also served on the board of Americans for Indian Opportunity. Sando received the Excellence in Humanities Award from the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities.
The book begins with his growing up in Jemez Pueblo and living a very different lifestyle from what exists today. His years in the Navy during World War II provided him with lifelong bonds of friendship, memories both exciting and terrifying and a permanent partial hearing loss that affected the rest of his life. After the war he retuned to college on the G.I. Bill. He then began a long career in education and study of Pueblo Indian history, and today is he probably the pre-eminent historian in his field in the nation. Even while following a very demanding career path, Sando found time for family life with his wife Louisa and three children as well as his large extended family at Jemez Pueblo. He concludes this book honoring his family by presenting their complete genealogy. It is dedicated to the memory of his colleagues, the WWII veterans from Jemez Pueblo. In this book Sando details his life of living in both worlds, his experiences in school, in the Navy during WWII, then later as an academician and a writer.
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