Tom Bahti,
Southwestern Indian Tribes
(KC Publications, 1968)

Southwestern Indian Tribes provides profiles of natives found in the American Southwest. Author Tom Bahti's interest in arts and crafts shines through as an underlying theme in the photographs of the most common arts and crafts for almost every tribe.

Bahti begins with a general introduction, a look at "Early Man in the Southwest," "European Contact" and "Rio Grande Pueblos Today."

Each profile provides the origin and meaning of the name and its pronunciation, the native name, language spoken, size of the reservation, population, type of government and the major dances with their dates.

The tribes included are Acoma, Apache (Jicarilla, Mescalero, San Carlos, White Mountain), Chemehuevi, Cochiti, Colorado River Tribes (Cocopa, Mohave, Yuma, Maricopa), Havasupai, Hopi, Hualapai, Isleta, Jemez, Laguna, Nambe, Navajo, Paiute, Papago, Picuris, Pima, Pojoaque, San Felipe, San Juan, Sandia, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, Taos, Tesuque, Ute, Yavapai, Yaqui, Zia and Zuni.

Bahti studied anthropology at the University of New Mexico. He is a dealer and collector of Indian art, owner of an Indian arts and crafts shop in Tucson, Ariz., and author of Southwestern Indian Arts & Crafts.

Southwestern Indian Tribes is 40-plus years old and all population figures are definitely out of date, though they may be used in comparison to modern ones. The current merit of this book is in the photographs, especially of the arts and crafts. It is a timeless classic that will enhance any Native American collection. Plus it is an interesting read.

book review by
Alicia Karen Elkins

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