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Edward H. Spicer
University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)

Yaqui Culture as Human Type and as Unique Human Expression

Study of Yaqui culture as a fusion of European and American Indian traditions and one which has maintained its distinctive character by adapting to a number of different circumstances. By comparing its dominant features with those of comparable cultures, increases understanding of culture as general class and unique characterstics which distinguish it from other cultures in the stream of human development. ABSTRACT: Study of Yaqui culture as a fusion of European and of American Indian traditions. Yaqui culture maintained its distinctive character in a variety of markedly different circumstances: the colonial stituation of New Spain prior to 1820, the Mexican feudal situation through 1910, and the modern welfare states of Mexico and US. In this the Yaqui society can be compared with others, as a general class, which have adapted to and survived different state powers, such as the Basques, the Welsh, the Irish, the Catalonians and even Jewish society. Necessary to compare dominant features of a culture with those of other comparable cultures. Requires, first, and understanding of the culture as an instance of a general class and second, an understanding of how it differs from other members of the class, what is unique about it in the general stream of human developoment. Fellow has studied Yaqui communities in Sonora, Mexico and in Mexico for the past 34 years.

Project fields:

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$15,500 (approved)
$15,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1970 – 6/30/1971