The Beautiful and the Dangerous: Encounters with the Zuni Indians

Item No: 2489

$ 29.95

  • Based on over twenty years' research at Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico, this honest and respectful book takes us into the heart of one Zuni family and allows us to witness the world through its members' eyes. We see the joys of love, marriage, and childbirth and the tragedies of illness, alcoholism, and death. We rediscover the Southwestern landscape, its plants and wildlife, in light of traditional Zuni teachings.

    • Author: Barbara Tedlock
    • Paperback: 352 pages
    • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press (March 1, 2001)
    • ISBN-10: 826323421
    • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Barbara Tedlock is a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Research Associate at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. She and her husband, noted antropologist Dennis Tedlock, were awarded Dorothy Doyle Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2006 by PEN New Mexico.
  • “For more than two decades, Tedlock, an anthropologist, and her husband made sporadic visits to their adopted family on the Zuni Indian Reservation of western New Mexico. Here she records legends, songs, ceremonies and folk medicine practices and vividly captures the daily life of this agrarian and matriarchal tribe. The focus zooms in on Hapiya and his wife Tola and their sons and daughters, as they try to maintain balance between the old way and the intrusions of technology and outside culture. The Apollo space mission, for instance, wreaks havoc on the Zuni religion and its gods of the sun and moon. The book powerfully portrays the tribe's visceral and mystic nature.” -from Publishers Weekly
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