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This study is an outgrowth of the increasing interest in the history, ethnology, and archaeology of the Pueblo Indians of the Southwest. Although much research has been done in this very fertile field, new and fascinating problems are constantly pre­senting themselves.

When one states that the environment greatly influences a people he speaks truisms and common knowledge. The arid South­west with its distinctive flora offers an unusual environment to which the Indian had adapted himself remarkably well. The object in general of this problem has been to study the reciprocal re­lation between the Isleta Indian and his plant environment; speci­fically, it has been to discover the plants which have been used, and are being used, by these Indians, to classify them, to ascer­tain their uses, and to learn to what extent the economics, re­ligion, customs, and everyday practical life of these Indiana is affected by plants. A study of this nature should be of value both in ethnology and in practical botany.

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UNM Department of Anthropology

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E. F. Castetter

Second Committee Member

Lansing Bloom

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Edgar Hewett