Jumano and Patarabueye: Relations at La Junta de los Rios

by Kelley, J. Charles; Speth, John D. (foreword)


This monograph examines the history and archaeological evidence of two aboriginal groups—the buffalo hunting Jumanos and the farming Patarabueyas—who inhabited the junction of the Conchos River and the Rio Grande near present day Ojinaga, Chihuahua and Presidio, Texas before and during the arrival of the Spanish explorers.

Kelley's research was originally presented as a doctoral dissertation at Harvard University in 1947. While parts of the study are out-of-date, it contains a wealth of relevant information not available anywhere else. Above all, the study clearly demonstrates the ethnohistoric and archaeological potential of the La Junta region for contributing to our understanding of hunter-gatherer/horticultural interaction.

Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, 180 pages
Available in softcover


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