Acoma Pue­blo: Telling their own story

Pasatiempo - - PASATIEMPO -

Last sum­mer, Pen­guin and Vik­ing re­leased two books on the his­tory and tra­di­tional Na­tive Amer­i­can re­li­gion of New Mex­ico’s Pue­blo of Acoma: How the World Moves: The Odyssey of an Amer­i­can In­dian Fam­ily and The Ori­gin Myth of Acoma Pue­blo. Both were projects of UCLA pro­fes­sor Peter Nabokov and were re­viewed in Pasatiempo. Mem­bers of Acoma’s lead­er­ship are con­test­ing the pub­li­ca­tion: What right did Nabokov, Pen­guin, and Vik­ing have to pub­lish the Pue­blo’s sa­cred nar­ra­tive? The mat­ter comes down to a fun­da­men­tal dif­fer­ence of opin­ion and world­view about cul­tural knowl­edge and in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty. On the cover is Acoma Pue­blo Wa­ter Cis­tern, circa 1920-1940, pho­to­graph (from an orig­i­nal hand-col­ored lan­tern slide), El­iz­a­beth Wil­lis DeHuff Pic­to­rial Col­lec­tion (PICT 000-099-1390), Cen­ter for South­west Re­search, Univer­sity Li­braries, Univer­sity of New Mex­ico.

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