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THE FIRST STARGAZERS: An Introduction to the Origins of Astronomy
by James Cornell. B&W photos, charts, & drawings illustrate. Condition: PLEASE READ - UNREAD, but not perfect, 1982 Scribner's hardcover and DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Problem is top DJ edge: edge wear with small nic spine top. Interior perfect. Content: Around the world, from the moors of northern Europe to the jungles of south Asia to the deserts of the American Southwest, the scattered ruins of ancient civilizations remain to tantalize us with memories of former glories, prehistoric accomplishments, and forgotten sciences. Was astronomy one of these lost sciences? Did priest-observers once stand atop these now crumbling towers to watch the slow turning of the stars? Archaeoastronomy, a modern discipline combining astronomy and archaeology, attemps to describe the astronomical knowledge of ancient peoples through the study of unwritten records they left behind in these stone ruins. This book covers Stonehenge, Angkor Wat, Chaco Canyon, the Aztecs and Mayas. [1 copy available]
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The First Stargazers, James Cornell, Archeoastronomy

FRIAR BRINGAS REPORTS TO THE KING: Methods of Indoctrination on the Frontier of New Spain 1796-97
by Father Miguel Bringas de Manzaneda y Encinas, O.F.M. Translated & Edited by Daniel S. Matson and Bernard L. Fontana. B&W maps & decorations. Condition: NEW 1977 Univ. of Arizona Press Trade Paperback edition, no printing given. Most likely this book was produced in the 80s - 90s. The color on the cover is weak - several small rubbings front cover. Interior perfect. Content: When Friar Bringas penned his report on conditions in northwestern New Spain, he was imbued with an enthusiastic drive for reform. Hoping to gain the King of Spain's support in improving the missionary program, Bringas set down a detailed history of all that had happened in the region since Father Kino's day. His writings offer a valuable firsthand stufy of Spanish attempts to direct culture change among the Piman Indians. He carefully explained various missionary and secular policies, laws, and regulations. He pointed out why, in his opinion, Spanish efforts to convert the Pkman Indians had failed. He also provided a report of the orders establishing the ill-fated Yuma missions. His fascinating account of the Gila River Pimas is one of the most complete ethnographic descriptions of the time. This is an important study of Spain's attemps to assimilate the Indians. It offers a deeper understanding of the history of the Pimeria Alta. Fascinating! [1 copy available]
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Friar Bringas Reports to the King (of Spain)

FRIAR BRINGAS REPORTS TO THE KING: Methods of Indoctrination on the Frontier of New Spain 1796-97
by Father Miguel Bringas de Manzaneda y Encinas, O.F.M. Translated & Edited by Daniel S. Matson and Bernard L. Fontana. B&W maps & decorations. Condition: Gently pre-read (to about page 20) 1977 Univ. of Arizona Press Trade Paperback edition, no printing given. Most likely this book was produced in the 80s - 90s. The color on the cover is weak - several small rubbings front cover. Interior clean & tight. Content: When Friar Bringas penned his report on conditions in northwestern New Spain, he was imbued with an enthusiastic drive for reform. Hoping to gain the King of Spain's support in improving the missionary program, Bringas set down a detailed history of all that had happened in the region since Father Kino's day. His writings offer a valuable firsthand stufy of Spanish attempts to direct culture change among the Piman Indians. He carefully explained various missionary and secular policies, laws, and regulations. He pointed out why, in his opinion, Spanish efforts to convert the Pkman Indians had failed. He also provided a report of the orders establishing the ill-fated Yuma missions. His fascinating account of the Gila River Pimas is one of the most complete ethnographic descriptions of the time. This is an important study of Spain's attemps to assimilate the Indians. It offers a deeper understanding of the history of the Pimeria Alta. Fascinating! [1 copy available]
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Friar Bringas Reports to the King (of Spain)

GRANDMOTHERS OF THE LIGHT: A Medicine Woman's Sourcebook
by Paula Gunn Allen. Illustrations by Patricia Amlin. Condition: UNREAD 1998 Beacon Press Trade Paperback, third printing. Light edge wear. Content: While basically a "new age" shamanism is emphasised in this book, the mythology is still good and covers all the tribal areas from the East Coast, Plains, Southwest, and Northwest as well as myths from the Aztecs and Mayas. Worth reading! Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Grandmothers of the Light

HUAJATOLLA; Southern Colorado's Ancient Legends of the Land
written and illustrated by Kristen F. Naeyaert. B&W illustrations for coloring. Condition: NEW 2005 Earthwing (La Veta, Co) soft cover, no printing given. Content: Huajatolla is a Comanche word meaning "Breasts of the Earth" (Spanish Peaks). The mountain chain backing up to the Juajatolla is known as the Sangre de Christo which extend into Mexico. The wonderful symbolic drawings, along with the intriguing remnants of ancient stories, pull together a provocative interpretation of the Huajatolla legends. Includes legends from the Native American cultures to the Olmecs, Aztecs and Mayas to the gold seekers. Fascinating and very worthwhile book. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Huajatolla, Southern Colorado
Huajatolla, Southern Colorado

IN THE TRAIL OF THE WIND; American Indian Poems and Ritual Orations
edited by John Bierhorst. Wonderful B&W repros of artists such as Catlin. Condition: UNREAD, but not perfect, 1972 Farrar Straus hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), second printing. This book was a gift (complete with inscription on the loose end page) and has price-clipped DJ and the DJ has some light edge wear and some light tanning to the white cover. The interior is clean & tight. Content: A story--and history--reaching back thousands of years unfolds in this diverse and unusual collection of Native American poetry, which gathers dozens of works that have been translated from over forty languages. Representing all the best-known Indian peoples of North and South America, In the Trail of the Wind is a cross-cultural anthology--the first of its kind--that brings into focus the similarities between tribes as widely separated as the Sioux and the Aztec, the Cherokee and the ancient Maya. Here we find an array of omens, battle songs, orations, love lyrics, prayers, dreams, and mysteries incantations. Beginning with the origin of the earth and the emergence of humanity, the sequence of poems proceeds through that rituals of birth, love, war, and death to the foreshadowing of the Conquest, the days of despair, and, finally, the apocalyptic visions of a new life. Editor John Bierhorst also offers a detailed Introduction; a richly thorough Notes section on the translators, meanings, contexts, and specific references of these poems; and a complete Glossary of Tribes, Cultures, and Languages. In the Trail of the Wind concludes with a Suggestions for Further Reading page. [1 copy available]
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In the Trail of the Wind

KINGDOMS OF GOLD, KINGDOMS OF JADE: The Americas Before Columbus
by Brian M. Fagan. Great selection of B&W and color photos illustrate. Condition: Gently pre-read 1991 Thames & Hudson hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), first pritning. Content: This book discusses the world of the ancient Americas from the pre-Inca and pre-Aztec cultures to the Pacific Northwest peoples. Of course, some of this information is going to be dated, but the most impressive thing about this book is the photo selecction - some I've not seen before. Worth the read. Questions welcome. [1 copy available]
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Kingdoms of Gold, Kingdoms of Jade

NATIVE LAND
by Jamake Highwater. B&W photos & maps throughout. Condition: UNREAD 1995 Barness & Noble hardcover & DJ (in mylar jacket), reissue, first printig. Content: Highwater has won much acclaim for his work on the American Indians, and this elaboration is a colorful panorama of the Indians' worlds until the white man took their lands. Their civilizations rose and fell many times before culminating in such wondrous cities as Tenochtitlan (ancient Mexico City), which dazzled the conquistadors, for it was five times the size of London. A marvel of city planning, built in the middle of a lake, surrounded by floating gardens, it was connected to the mainland by causeways and aqueducts. Though these civilizations have yet to yield up all their secrets, Highwater's book gives a very readable account. Covers all Mesoamerican civilizarions, Andean civilizations, the Mound Builders and early Plans Tribes. Some information is dated, of course, but overall still very relevant. (1 copy available)
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Native Land, Ancient American Civilizations



CODEX CHARACTERS BOOKPLATES
art by Julioaldana. Condition: NEW package of 12 bookplates made by pacaritambo books. The peel-off label stock is heavier than most bookplate materials and is matte and not glossy. They are as perfect as possible, and we feel the subject matter is much different than you can get anywhere else. 4.0" H x 3.0" W. We can personalize your bookplate (the font is BinnerD) - just email us the name. Any questions, click here to email us. Content: These are "characters" from various Codices (Codex) which were saved from the vengeful fires of Spanish priests and sent to Europe for study and safekeeping.
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Mesoamerican Codex Chatacters Bookplates

KOKOPELLI DANCING BOOKPLATES
art by V. Protsak. Condition: NEW package of 12 bookplates made by pacaritambo books. The peel-off label stock is heavier than most bookplate materials and is matte and not glossy. They are as perfect as possible, and we feel the subject matter is much different than you can get anywhere else. 3.1" W x 4.0" H. We can personalize your bookplate (the font is BinnerD) - just email us the name. Any questions, click here to email us. Content: Kokopelli is most likely the most famous of all the ancient American petroglyphs. "Kokopelli is a fertility deity, usually depicted as a humpbacked flute player (often with a huge phallus and feathers or antenna-like protrusions on his head), who has been venerated by some Native American cultures in the Southwestern United States. Like most fertility deities, Kokopelli presides over both childbirth and agriculture. He is also a trickster god and represents the spirit of music." (Wikipedia)
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Kokopelli Dancing Bookplates



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