Heritage, Volume 8, Number 4, Fall 1990 Page: 24
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Indians of the Rio Grande TEXAS COLLECTS: Fine Arts,
Delta: Their Role in the Furniture, Windmills, and
History of Southern Texas Whimseys
and Northeastern Mexico Paul Nathan
Martin Salinas, University of Texas Press, Texas Foreword by James A. Michener, Taylor
Archeology and Ethnohistory Series, $25 cloth, Publishing Company, Dallas, Texas. Hardcover
$11.95 paper. $45.00.
Reviewed by John Peterson
This book is a masterful treatment of
the Spanish archival records of South
Texas and Northeast Mexico, and a solid
account of the ethnohistory of the various
Indian groups who lived in the region at
the time of Spanish exploration and
settlement. He has sorted through the
confusion of names and contradictory
accounts in the literature and provided
short accounts of each major group.
Further, he summarizes Spanish descriptions
of culture, language, use of weapons,
clothing, agriculture, and other practices.
Unfortunately, as the author remarks in
his summary of his work, "It is now evident
that the documentary record is too incomplete
for recognition of discrete languages
and cultures in the area." And, similarly,
the accounts of culture and behavior
are sporadic and without certain referents.
"At best they are impressionistic, and it is
not realistic to suppose that all groups
shared these cultural traits." Nonetheless,
Salinas has produced an excellent source
book for future work, and a useful companion
to previous work by Thomas
Campbell and Robert Weddle on the
region and its ethnohistory.
John Peterson is a professional archaeologist who
works in Texas and the Southwest. John is book
review editor for HERITAGE.
Reviewed by Patricia Haas
In the introduction to Texas Collects,
author Paul Nathan writes of the "growing
sense of importance of Texas as a preserver
and promoter of cultural values. We
recognize in Texas the energy and zest that
a hundred years ago were concentrated in
the eastern part of the country." That
energy and zest are beautifully portrayed in
this eclectic and elegant book.
More than 150 photographs in brilliant
color guide the reader through a wide
assortment of Texas collectors-from Miss
Ima Hogg and Mrs. Faith Bybee to John
Jenkins III and Dr. Charles Tandy.
James A. Michener writes in the Foreword,
"There is hidden treasure in Texas
and when the day comes, perhaps in the
early years of the next century, that these
fine works find their way into public museums,
Texas will have a stunning display of
first-rate art." This book is a treasure house
of collectors and their collections-some
exquisite, some humorous, some nostalgic,
some literary. Each collection stands as a
portrait of the collector-a diary, a journal,
an old photo album, a life-and each collection
is a gift to the reader.
Patricia Haas is editor of HERITAGE.
24 HERITAGE * FALL 1990
"Unique, panoramic... .An absolute
delight to read. "-Howard R. Lamar
of the Americas
Richard W. Slatta
Lavishly illustrated with photographs, paintings, and movie
stills, this engrossing book explores what life was actually
like for the working cowboy, from the Great Plains to
Hawaii and from the Yukon to Patagonia.
Ioo b/w + 35 color illus. $35.00
Yale University Press
Dept. 47I, 92A Yale Station, New Haven, CT 06520
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