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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
On the surface, People of Pascua appears to be a focused anthropological field study limited to a narrow period of time. It should not surprise those who are familiar with Edward Spicer's preeminent scholarship on acculturation, however, that things are not always what they seem to be. It is true that this study concerning the Yaquis, begun in 1941, stems from Spicer's first field experience as a graduate student. Yet, People of Pascua has broader implications that go beyond the lives of the Yaquis who made Pascua Village, Arizona, their home. Spicer's methodology included biography as a means to better understand Yaqui behaviors, choices, and attitudes about others. And in this, his earliest of works about the Yaquis, Spicer explored the ideas about culture contact and persistence that would inform his later writings, as well as influence so many of his students and colleagues.
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