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FROM FOREST TO RESERVATION: TRANSITIONS IN FOOD-SHARING BEHAVIOR AMONG THE ACHE OF PARAGUAY

Michaeol Gurven
Department of Anthropology, University of California- Santa Barbara,
Santa Barabara, CA 93106

Kim Hill and Hilliard Kaplan
Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131

This article presents quantitative descriptions of food distributions among a group of forager-horticulturalists, the Ache of Paraguay.  Food transfer patterns for Ache during periods of nomadic foraging are compared with those of Ache living a horticulture-based existence at a permanent settlement.  We further explore how characteristics of resources and the methods of production, group size, and the spatial landscape can influence the kinds of social arrangements found among the Ache.  The results of these analyses are used to generate general predictions regarding food sharing and cooperation among other foraging and transitional horticultural populations.


DOCUMENTS, CERAMICS, TREE RINGS, AND LUMINESCENCE:   ESTIMATING FINAL NATIVE ABANDONMENT OF THE LOWER RIO CHAMA

Ann F. Ramenofsky
Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131

James K. Feathers
Luminescence Laborartory, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

Scholars have long debated the timing of final native abandonment of the Lower Rio Chama region of northern New Mexico.  Traditional estimates of abandonment, based on ceramic styles, tree-ring dates, and documentary dates, range from A.D. 1550 to 1650.  Although reasonably exact for many archaeological problems, this level of temporal resolution is insufficient in this case, given the rapid changes that occurred with Spanish colonization and settlement.  The concepts of validity and reliability are employed to evaluate estimates of abandonment and to show the interdependence of dates.  We use luminescence dating of surface ceramics as a second means of evaluation, comparing the luminescence dates to the tree-ring cross-dates.  Although substantially agreeing with the dendrochronological dates, the luminescence dates suggest some occupation of the area until the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.  The timing of the final exodus is not resolved, but this discussion illuminates weaknesses in accepted dates, redefines the issue, and identifies a productive method for achieving the level of resolution desired.


BOOK REVIEWS

On Fertile Ground: A Natural History of Human Reproduction. Peter T. Ellison. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univesity Press, 2001, 358 pp. $27.95, cloth.
Reveiwed by Kim Hill, University of New Mexico

Wake the Town and Tell the People: Dancehall Culture in Jamaica.Norman C. Stolzoff.  Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2000, 298 pp. $59.95, cloth; $19.95, paper.
Reviewed by Kevin Birth, Queens College, CUNY

Going Native. Tom Harmer. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2001, 283 pp. $24.95, cloth.
Reviewed by Michael F. Brown, Williams College

American Muse: Anthropological Excursions into Art and Aesthetics. Richard L. Anderson.  Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2000, 235 pp. $29.20, paper.
Reviewed by Joyce M. Szabo, University of New Mexico

Souvenirs of the Fur Trade: Northwest Coast Indian Art and Artifacts Collected by American Mariners, 1788-1844.  Mary Malloy.  Cambridge, Mass.: Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 2000, 188 pp., 39 figures, 13 plates. $35.00, paper.
Reviewed by Joyce M. Szabo, University of New Mexico

Indigenous Archaeology: American Indian Values and Scientific Practice. Joe Watkins.  Walnut Creek, Calif.: AltaMira Press, 2001, 234 pp. $23.95, paper; $62.00, cloth.
Reviewed by Lynne Sebastian, Statistical Research, Inc., Corrales, N.M.

Social Patterns in Pre-Classic Mesoamerica.  David C. Grove and Rosemary A. Joyce, eds. Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, 1999, 336 pp. $25.00, cloth.
Reviewed by E. Wyllys Andrews V, Tulane University

Las plantas de la milpa entre los Mayas [Cornfield Plants among the Maya]. Silvia Terán, Christian H. Rasmussen, and Olivio May Cauich. Mexico City: Fundación Tun Ben Kin, A.C., 1998. No price given.
Reviewed by Humberto González, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, Unidad Occidente, Mexico

War and Society in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds: Asia, the Mediterranean, Europe, and Mesoamerica. Kurt Raaflaub and Nathan Rosenstein, eds. Washington, D.C.: Center for Hellenistic Studies, Trustees for Harvard University, 1999, viii + 484 pp. $50.00, cloth.
Reviewed by Antonio Gilman, California State University-Northridge

The Atlantic Celts: Ancient People of Modern Invention? Simon James. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1999, 160 pp. $14.95, paper.
Reviewed by Peter S. Wells, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Earth Science and Archaeology. P. Goldberg, V.T. Holliday, and C.R. Ferring, eds. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 2001, xxi + 513 pp. $120.00, cloth.
Reviewed by Lawrence G. Straus, University of New Mexico


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