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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 75, July 1971 - April, 1972

Book Reviews

two major artists, Nuvayouma and Lomakema, who contributed
ninety-four and sixty-six paintings respectively, have been through
normal Hopi initiations and participate in ceremonies. Although
nothing startlingly new emerges from the book, several minor
points will interest the specialist. For instance, some of the details
considered proper by Second Mesa Hopi for a particular ceremony
differ from those held to be necessary by Hopi in other villages.
Ritual in Pueblo Art is a source book on Hopi economic, social,
and ceremonial life. Since the reproductions are in black and white,
the book will be less a coffee table piece and more a reference work.
Lexington, Kentucky KAREN S. COLLINS
Thomason: The Autobiography of a Federal Judge. By Ewing
Thomason. Edited and annotated by Joseph M. Ray. (El Paso:
Texas Western Press, 1971. Pp. xii+' 31. Appendix, bibliography,
index. $6.oo.)
The State National since 1881. By C. L. Sonnichsen and M. G.
McKinney. (El Paso: Texas Western Press, 1971. Pp. xii+ 171.
Illustrations, sources, references, index. $7.95.)
The two latest books from the Texas Western Press tell the story
of two El Paso institutions now in their ninth decade. The revered
Judge Thomason has produced a splendid political memoir. It is
filled with keenly honed anecdotes and perceptive, succinct character-
izations of acquaintances of his long and active career as legislator,
mayor, congressman, and judge.
The State National Bank volume is no mere litany of financial
transactions, either. The growth of this enterprise is described forth-
rightly and always within the context of the community's develop-
ment-making it as much social as financial history. The indefatigable
Sonnichsen's name on the title page assures a well-organized, sprightly
narrative, and sound scholarship. The only lag occurs in Chapter 14,
where bank officials are interviewed on goals for the future. Unfor-
tunately the writing here does not rise above the kind of effusive
banalities one often finds in the business supplements of Sunday
In both books typographical obstetrics have been performed by Carl
Hertzog. The black cloth binding of the first book recalls the robes
of Thomason's judicial office. The old photographs in the State Na-


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