In 1930, anthropologists Robert Zingg and Wendell Bennett spent nine months among the Tarahumara of Chihuahua, Mexico, one of the least acculturated indigenous societies in North America. Their fieldwork resulted in The Tarahumara: An Indian Tribe of Northern Mexico (1935), a classic ethnography still familiar to anthropologists. In addition to this formal work, Zingg also penned a personal, unvarnished travelogue of his sojourn among the Tarahumara. Unpublished in his lifetime, Behind the Mexican Mountains is now available in print for the first time. This colorful account provides a compelling description of the landscape, people, traditions, language, and archaeology of the Tarahumara region. Abandoning the scientific detachment of the observer, Zingg frankly records his reactions to the people and their customs as he vividly evokes the daily experience of doing fieldwork. In the introduction, Howard Campbell examines Zingg's writing in light of current critiques of anthropology as literature. He makes a strong case that although earlier anthropological writing reveals unacceptable cultural biases, it also demonstrates the ongoing importance and vitality of field research.
"This is one of the more fascinating travel works I have read on Mexico, and I have read many. It provides an important addition to the scanty literature on the Tarahumara and enriches the material available on this important group. I would also think this book would be fascinating to the general reader." Joseph W. Whitecotton, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma
About Robert Zingg
Robert Zingg (1900-1957) was an anthropologist who studied Mexican cultures. Howard Campbell is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is the co-editor of the University of Texas Press Inter-America Series. John Peterson is the director of the Richard F. Taitano Micronesia Area Research Center. David Carmichael is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Universoty of Texas at El Paso.
Table of Contents
* Introduction, by Howard Campbell * Chapter 1. Railroads, Revolutions, and Schoolteachers * Chapter 2. Mexicans, Mines, and American Capitalists * Chapter 3. Personalities Emerge from Wooden Indians * Chapter 4. Tarahumara Men and Women at Home and at Work * Chapter 5. Tarahumara Children and Adults at Play * Chapter 6. Curing, Races, and Death Customs among the Tarahumaras * Chapter 7. More Drinking Bouts in the Celebrations of "Catholic" Christmas * Chapter 8. Officials, Government, and Politics among the Tarahumaras * Chapter 9. Liquor, Guns, and Religion in the Mexican Picture * Chapter 10. The Mexican Powers: Religious, Civil, and Military * Chapter 11. Ready-Made Archaeology, Trips, and Talks * Chapter 12. Ancient and Modern Cave-Dwellers in the Gorges * Chapter 13. The Catholic Mission * Chapter 14. Spring, Holy Week, and Archaeology * Chapter 15. Pagan Ceremonies and Peyote * Chapter 16. The "Genuine" and "Spurious" Values of Tarahumara Culture * Chapter 17. The Philistine Spirit of Tarahumara Culture * Chapter 18. Adios Tarahumaras and Campfire Stories of Villa * Chapter 19. Miners, Mennonites, Militarism, and the Spirit of Mexico
Behind the Mexican Mountains by Robert Zingg
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