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Documentary History of the Rio Grande Pueblos of New Mexico; I. Bibliographic Introduction Papers of the School of American Archaeology, No. 13   By: (1840-1914)

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In Adolph Francis Alphonse Bandelier's "Documentary History of the Rio Grande Pueblos of New Mexico; I. Bibliographic Introduction Papers of the School of American Archaeology, No. 13", readers are taken on an immersive journey into the rich history of the Rio Grande Pueblos. Bandelier's extensive research and meticulous curation of documents provide a comprehensive account of the Pueblo communities that once flourished along the iconic Rio Grande.

The book serves as a valuable resource for both historians and enthusiasts of Native American culture. Bandelier's scholarly approach is evident from the very beginning, as he provides a detailed bibliographic introduction that lays the foundation for the ensuing historical exploration. This introduction offers readers glimpses into the author's meticulousness and dedication to accuracy, further enhancing the credibility of the research presented.

One of the book's many strengths is its organization. Bandelier artfully arranges the collected documents, placing them within well-defined categories such as ancient records, Spanish colonial records, and records of the Mexican and United States periods. This structure allows readers to easily navigate through the rich tapestry of historical narratives, creating a cohesive reading experience.

As readers delve deeper into the comprehensive collection of primary source materials, they are transported into the world of the Rio Grande Pueblos. Through Bandelier's meticulous translations and annotations, we gain insights into the daily lives, social structures, and cultural practices of these fascinating communities. From census records to land grants, from religious ceremonies to descriptions of daily routines, the breadth of information presented is truly remarkable.

Bandelier's diligent research is evident not only in the breadth of documents presented but also in his astute analysis and contextualization of the materials. As readers immerse themselves in the various documents, they are met with the author's insightful commentary and historical background. This scholarly approach ensures that readers not only receive access to primary source materials but also gain a deeper understanding of their significance.

One aspect that sets this book apart is Bandelier's dedication to inclusivity and acknowledging multiple perspectives. Throughout the work, readers encounter documents not only from European colonizers but also from indigenous sources. This balance allows for a more holistic understanding of the Rio Grande Pueblos' history and removes the dominance of a single narrative.

It is worth noting that the book's language is academic in nature, which may pose a challenge for casual readers or those new to the subject. However, Bandelier's engaging writing style and his emphasis on presenting captivating anecdotes within the historical context ensure that even those with limited familiarity can appreciate the value of the collected materials.

In "Documentary History of the Rio Grande Pueblos of New Mexico; I. Bibliographic Introduction Papers of the School of American Archaeology, No. 13", Adolph Francis Alphonse Bandelier has created an indispensable resource that sheds light on the often-overlooked history of the Rio Grande Pueblos. From his meticulous research and translation work to his thoughtful analysis and inclusive approach, Bandelier's work is an invaluable addition to the field of Native American history and a testament to his dedication as a scholar.

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Archaeological Institute of America

Papers of the School of American Archaeology

Number Thirteen









Seventeen years have elapsed since I was in the territory in which the events in the early history of the Rio Grande Pueblos transpired, and twenty nine years since I first entered the field of research among those Pueblos under the auspices of the Archæological Institute of America. I am now called upon by the Institute to do for the Indians of the Rio Grande villages what I did nearly two decades ago for the Zuñi tribe, namely, to record their documentary history.

I shall follow the method employed by me in the case of the documentary history of Zuñi, by giving the events with strict adherence to documentary sources, so far as may be possible, and shall employ the correlated information of other branches only when absolutely indispensable to the elucidation of the documentary material.

The geographical features of the region to be treated are too well known to require mention. Neither can folklore and tradition, notwithstanding their decisive importance in a great many cases, be touched upon except when alluded to in the sources themselves... Continue reading book >>

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