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Date(s) - 10/05/2015
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Water Room, Zimmerman Library

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By Deni J. Seymour, Ph.D.

Many of the Salinas area pueblos are referred to as Jumano pueblos because Spanish documentary sources refer to them as such. Documentary sources indicate both that (a) the Puebloans themselves were Jumano and (b) the mobile visitors were Jumano. The question remains as to whether the Piro-speaking Jumano pueblos of the Salinas area were (a) made up of Jumanos who spoke Piro and were essentially a subset of the Piro, (b) whether they were a mixed population of Piro and Jumanos, or (c) whether just the visiting mobile groups were Jumano.

People referenced as Jumanos were also present in the La Junta del los Rios area of Trans-Pecos Texas. These people included both settled farming pueblo dwellers and mobile hunter-gatherer-traders. This raises the question as to whether the Jumano of the La Junta area and the lower Rio Grande were the same as those in the Salinas area. This project investigates how language analysis and reexamination of documentary sources can inform about this relationship.

This proposed project involves reexamination of relevant period-specific documents in archives. In the context of this new archaeological and ethnographic information additional light has been shed on this topic. Original handwritten documents were examined and transcribed and new translations provided.


2015 Scholars Lecture Series, New Mexico Office of the State Historian.

October 5 2015. Water Room, Zimmerman Library

See also: http://newmexicohistory.org/2015-scholars-lecture-series