Bird's-Eye View of the Pueblos. By Stanley A. Stubbs. Norman
(University of Oklahoma Press), i940o. Illustrations. Pp.
Bird's-Eye View of the Pueblos is a small and extremely attrac-
tive book which describes twenty-five modern Indian pueblos of
New Mexico and Arizona. Eighteen of these are communities of
the Pueblo Indians located mostly along the Rio Grande in New
Mexico; seven are the towns of the Hopi lying north of the Little
Colorado River in Arizona. The objective of the author is "to
record the actual ground plan of each one of them before time
and cultural changes bring about their ultimate disappearance."
A foreword reviews previous related efforts at recording Pueblo
life. The introduction gives an adequate background on the
culture, economy, crafts, history, government, religion, language,
architecture, planning, and building methods of the towns. The
remainder of the book is devoted to individual treatment of the
Four pages are assigned to each of the pueblos. The name and
its origin, location, language, period of occupation, date of con-
struction, population, and size of the reservation introduce the
material on each settlement. The date of the annual fiesta is also
listed when applicable. A short two to three paragraph descrip-
tive statement is included for each unit, completed by a descrip-
tion of the local native craft. The heart of the volume is in the
twenty-five plates of aerial photographs which are matched by
scale drawings of the ground plans for each Indian town.
This book is the rare combination of an instructive guide for
tourists and a basic contribution for scholars. The author's clear,
concise, accurate style will endear him to both traveler and sci-
entist. The format, printing, composition, and overall impression
contribute to the usual attractiveness of the publication. The
study is a credit to Mr. Stubbs and to the University of Okla-
homa Press which presents it as number thirty-one in the Civil-
ization of the American Indian Series.
JOE W. NEAL
The University of Texas
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101133/. Accessed March 30, 2015.