The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 317
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co. It is based on early documents, mostly written by mission-
aries at or shortly after the time of the first white contacts;
on field work among the surviving Cahita group; and on dis-
tributional evidence, for "It may be assumed that traits of wide-
spread distribution in northern Mexico were also present among
the CAhita, if they would fit into the known pattern of CAhita
culture." p. vi.
This account is extremely brief and concise, but as complete
as could be expected of such a reconstruction at this late date.
Every phase of the culture is touched upon. The presentation is
entirely descriptive, with a one-page conclusion. The author
In general, the affiliations of the CAhita suggest that they have been
influenced to some extent from the south, but that the closest similarities
are with the north. The nature of the parallels occurring may be inter-
preted either as the result of sporadic interchange over a long period of
time with peoples as widely separated as the Pueblo or Southern Cali-
fornians, or as evidence that all the peoples of the area have selectively
retained and developed elements from an old stratum of culture once exist-
ing over a wide area of the greater Southwest. To some extent both these
causes may have been operative, but on the whole the latter interpretation
seems the most plausible one. . . . p. 71.
As companion volumes of wider scope, the author, who is
one of the leading authorities in this field, has written Compara-
tive Ethnology of Northern Mexico before 1750 (1932), and
Contemporary Culture of the Cdhita Indians (1944).
The University of Texas
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