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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
This first comprehensive history of the Jicarilla Apaches proves an indispensible [indispensable] tool for understanding this tribe, government and Indian relations, and the history of the state of New Mexico. Veronica Tiller was, despite being part of a prominent Jicarilla family, able to strike a balance between giving the reader a wealth of detailed facts pertaining to the tribe and its smaller organizational units and placing them within the larger context of government or New Mexico state policies. The author, who used an impressive number of government documents, is modest and clear sighted enough not to claim an Indian point of view for her work. She does an excellent job in revealing the importance of the two Jicarilla bands, the plains-dwelling Llaneros and the mountain-dwelling Olleros, whose differences in acculturation and social orientation have marked the complex history of the tribe through the centuries.
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