The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 43, July 1939 - April, 1940 Page: 415

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observers, is worth while. In this sense the Coolidges have pre-
served a chapter in the life of the American Indian which might
never have been known had they not taken occasion to record it.
Texas Technological College.
Pueblo Indian Religion. By Elsie Clews Parsons. (Chicago: The
University of Chicago Press, 1939. 2 vols., pp. xviii, 1275.
Maps, figures and plates. $7.00.)
Few are better qualified to deal with the intricate subject of
Pueblo Indian religion than Mrs. Parsons, who knows Pueblo life
as few others know it. During the past twenty-five years she
has devoted the greater part of her time to the study of the
Pueblo Indians, and her major interest has always been their
religious behavior. To those who are not familiar with the scope
of Mrs. Parsons' work, it is only necessary to glance at the bibli-
ography in Pueblo Indian Religion, which lists sixty-five titles
to her credit, nearly all of them specifically concerned with Pueblo
ethnology. Mrs. Parsons has done field investigation at an aston-
ishingly large number of the Pueblo towns, and the standard
monographs on three of these towns (Jemez, Isleta, and Taos)
are among her contributions. In addition, she has written numer-
ous articles and monographs on Pueblo social organization and
religion. Clearly she is able to speak with considerable authority.
Pueblo Indian Religion is one of the most important books
on the Southwestern Indians to appear in recent years. It is
much more than a treatise on the religion of the Pueblo peoples.
Religion affects so many aspects of Pueblo life that any thorough-
going account of Pueblo religion must necessarily consider all
phases of the culture. One of the most valuable sections in this
book is the Introduction, which is 111 pages in length and con-
stitutes the best general summary of Pueblo culture now in print.
The frontispiece which accompanies the Introduction is partic-
ularly helpful in orienting those who know little of the present-
day Pueblo groups. This is a map showing the location, popu-
lation (1937 figures), and linguistic affiliation of each of the 27
Pueblo villages of New Mexico and Arizona.


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