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Folk mammalogy of the Northern Pimans

Author: Amadeo M Rea
Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Knowledge held about animals by Pima-speaking Native Americans of Arizona and northwest Mexico is intimately entwined with their way of life - a way that is fading from memory as beavers and wolves also vanish from the Southwest. Ethnobiologist Amadeo Rea has conducted extensive fieldwork among the Northern Pimans and here shares what these people know about mammals and how mammals affect their lives.
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Rea, Amadeo M.
Folk mammalogy of the Northern Pimans.
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1998
(OCoLC)607103440
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Amadeo M Rea
ISBN: 0816516634 9780816516636
OCLC Number: 37594164
Description: xxiii, 286 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Mammals in Piman culture --
The Northern Pimans and their country --
An overview of folk taxonomy --
Mammals and staying sickness --
Hunting --
Hunting implements --
Game preparation and cooking --
Mammalian anatomy --
Old world mammals and changes in Piman culture --
Piman mammals --
Plan of the folk generics (biological species accounts) --
Order chiroptera, bats --
Order lagomorpha, rabbits and hares --
Order rodentia, rodents --
Order carnivora, carnivores --
Order artiodactyla, hoofed mammals --
Appendices --
Folk mammalogy checklist --
Circus and zoo mammals --
Some Upper Piman men's names relating to mammals --
Orthography: the sounds of Akimel and Tohono O'odham.
Responsibility: Amadeo M. Rea ; sketches by Sheridan Oman ; linguistic consultant, Culver Cassa.

Abstract:

Knowledge held about animals by Pima-speaking Native Americans of Arizona and northwest Mexico is intimately entwined with their way of life - a way that is fading from memory as beavers and wolves also vanish from the Southwest. Ethnobiologist Amadeo Rea has conducted extensive fieldwork among the Northern Pimans and here shares what these people know about mammals and how mammals affect their lives.

At the heart of the book are detailed species accounts that relate Piman knowledge of the bats, rabbits, rodents, carnivores, and hoofed mammals in their world, encompassing creatures ranging from deer mouse to mule deer, cottontail to cougar. Rea has been careful to emphasize folk knowledge in these accounts by letting the Pimans tell their own stories about mammals, as related in transcribed conversations.

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