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been changed, omissions made, names are spelled incorrectly.
In other words many abridgements and alterations occur, al-
though there is no indication of this in the text.
General statements are made which can not be defended
unless further qualified, for example (p. 50) the comparison
of Franciscan unity and Protestant subdivision. There are glar-
ing inaccuracies, Tiguex (p. 61), referred to as a place when
it is known now to apply to the province. The inclusion of
information relating to the Franciscans in places remote from
New Mexico and the extended discussions of points quite apart
from the missions tend to divert attention from the main thesis
and involve the reader, especially one with little background,
in a maze of irrelevant factual material.
The volume contains some most interesting pictures, photo-
graphs of missions, and photographs of paintings of the missions.
The record of restoration and present conditions of the churches
is valuable. The book will not appeal to the scholar nor will
it have general popular appeal, yet it may fill a place in the
record of the missions.
The University of New Mexico
Papago Indian Religion. By Ruth M. Undershill. New York
(Columbia University Press), 1946. Pp. vi+359. $4.50.
A definite contribution has been made to anthropology in
Papago Indian Religion. Material was collected and observations
made on the Papago reservations of Arizona between gg931 and
1935. The book is offered as a sequel to the author's Social
Organization of the Papago Indians, now out of print.
This study of Papago religion shows a close and thorough
observation of ceremonies, details of dances, costumes, sacred
objects, and sacred houses, and a wide knowledge of the related
ceremonies of other Indians of the Southwest for comparative
purposes. The author had the good fortune of winning the
confidence of her informers and important members of the
Papago tribe.
A certain picturesqueness of speech is employed by the author
in describing the ceremonial life of the four divisions of Papa-


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