The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 296
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
a page, and the other major groups of the Southwestern culture
area not at all. Consequently, to this reviewer, the revised title
is much more offensive than the original one.
Actually the author's treatment is unbalanced if considered
only from the standpoint of those tribes centering around Texas.
A good half of the book is taken up with a discussion of the
Caddo nations of East Texas, a group which is actually outside
the Southwestern culture area. The remaining half consists of
a rather sketchy treatment of the Karankawa, Attacapa, Tonkawa,
Comanche, Apache, and the Coahuiltecan tribes. While the treat-
ment of the Caddo is quite well done-by far the most outstand-
ing section in the book-the amount of space given to that group
is entirely out of proportion with the scope suggested by the title.
The attempt in Indians of the Southwest has been to recon-
struct the civilizations of these Indians as they existed at the time
of initial white contact. In executing this endeavor, Dr. Atkin-
son has taken her information from many substantial primary
sources; but her documentation is at best perfunctory and at
worst non-existent. The sparce footnotes serve as explanatory
notations rather than as guides to the author's sources.
The amount of factual material presented is tremendous, espe-
cially on the Caddo. The manner of presentation, however, leaves
a great deal to be desired. The style lacks cohesiveness. Dr.
Atkinson tends to write in outline form, abruptly breaking her
prose with each new topic.
Indians of the Southwest is factual and often illuminating
reading, but the author's coverage is totally uneven; her book
could in no way be construed as a comprehensive treatment of
the Indians of the American Southwest.
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