Publication Date

Spring 5-28-1957

Abstract

The village of Tortugas, New Mexico consists of an amalgam of Tiwa-Piro, Spanish-American, Anglo-American, and Mexican Indian cultural elements. These varied influences have been reformulated and unified into a meaningful and peculiarly individual pattern. For this reason the village presents an interesting laboratory for the study of cultural dynamics.

Tortugas was originally settled primarily by Tiwas. At present, however, Tortugas culture is very different from that of the other pueblos. Some cultural factors in history must be responsible for this divergence. An attempt has been made throughout to compare Tortugas culture with other Indian groups, especially Isleta and, where data is available, Isleta del Sur. In many cases it is difficult to determine whether elements are of Indian provenance or derive from Spanish-American or Mexican sources.

Keywords

Tortugas, Tiwa-Piro, Isleta, Isleta del Sur, Ethnology

Document Type

Thesis

Language

English

Degree Name

Anthropology

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

UNM Department of Anthropology

First Committee Member (Chair)

Stanley Newman

Second Committee Member

Florence M. Hawley

Third Committee Member

Willard Williams Hill

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