A Fateful Day in 1698: The Remarkable Sobaipuri-O’odham by Deni J. Seymour

By Deni J. Seymour

In 1698, the Apache and their allies attacked a dozing Sobaipuri-O’odham village at the San Pedro River on the northern fringe of New Spain, now in southern Arizona. This e-book, approximately essentially the most vital Southwestern battles of the period during this sector, reads like a secret. while, it addresses in a scholarly type the methodological query of ways we will with a bit of luck infer whatever trustworthy concerning the past.

 

Translations of unique Spanish money owed by way of Father Kino and others exhibit vital information about the conflict, whereas the archaeological list and ethnographic and oral traditions supply vital correctives to the old account. a brand new battlefield signature of local American clash is pointed out, and the fiery context of the conflict offers extraordinary information regarding what the Sobaipuri grew and hunted during this out-of-the-way place, together with the earliest recognized wheat.

 

That this tumultuous time was once a interval of flux is mirrored within the protecting, communal, and ceremonial structure of the O'odham, which accommodated Spanish tastes and methods. Practices particular to the O’odham as they relate to the day’s occasions and to village lifestyles light up heretofore unexplained elements of the conflict. The publication additionally files a trip through descendant O’odham, reinforcing the significance of making a choice on the traditionally documented location.

 

A Fateful Day in 1698 should be of important curiosity to archaeologists and historians.

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