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Hendrix Professor Hill’s New Book Published

CONWAY, Ark. (February 4, 2019) – Dr. J. Brett Hill, associate professor of anthropology and chair of the Department of Sociology/Anthropology at Hendrix College, has written a book that considers what the historical perspectives of Native people in the American Southwest can teach those studying archaeology and Native heritage today.

In From Huhugam to Hohokam: Heritage and Archaeology in the American Southwest, Hill examines the history of O’odham heritage extending back to the time of European conquest. He then traces a parallel history of scientific exploration to the present, revealing the twists and turns of thought that shape contemporary understanding of Hohokam “Collapse.” Anthropologists now propose theories of biological and cultural connections in a braided stream connecting people through time. This view finds itself in agreement with concepts proposed by Native authors for generations. 

Historically, Euroamericans considered Native accounts of the past an inferior kind of knowledge, but anthropology is being revolutionized as scholars integrate Native insights and premises into scientific thought. Hill contends that such integration provides a deeper and more accurate sense of the connection between living and ancient people.

“Examining centuries of parallel accounts about the ancient people of Southern Arizona reveals an emerging consensus on the shape of descent and heritage,” Hill said. “Ancient and present people are in a network of relationships connecting them to each other and to their places.”

Hill’s experience in archaeology combines with his liberal arts perspective to produce a volume suited to readers at all levels in the fields of anthropology, Native American studies, history, museum studies, and other heritage disciplines. The book illustrates the complexity of connections among all people and our shared ancestors. 

Published in January 2019 by Lexington Books, From Huhugam to Hohokam is available in hardback and as an ebook

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