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Part Four:Arizona Indians Live In Two Cultures Warfare, disease, loss of natural resources and even psychological and emotional stress over 360 years killed many of Arizona’s native people. Then, Indian population decline reversed sometime between 1900 and 1910. For the … Continue reading

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Part Three:Arizona’s Indians Regained Lost Homelands Federal policy toward American Indians changed over the years as political leadership in Washington DC changed. At first a policy of Indian removal forcibly relocated native residents farther west to provide free land for … Continue reading

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Part Two:Arizona Indian Tribes Preserved Their IdentitiesThe first Arizonans lived in the context of distinct tribal identities while intimately mingling across cultural and social lines. That approach to life is still very much evident in the behavior of American Indians … Continue reading

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(background of 13th Century polychrome pottery patterns from Four Mile dig in east-central Arizona, drawn by Mac Schweitzer.) Part One:Arizona Indians Survived the Loss of Their WorldArizona’s indigenous peoples left no written archive for historians. Most of what we know about … Continue reading

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Arizona Once Revered the Swastika Eighty years ago you saw it everywhere in Arizona. That strange symbol, once venerated, now hated, but always misunderstood. Every Arizona Highway route marker used to carry the swastika emblazoned on an Indian arrowhead. As … Continue reading

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Globe: The Greatest Copper Camp Survived Without Copper Searching for gold, prospectors found silver instead, in the rugged mountains south of the Salt River canyon in the early 1870s. Within a few years, Globe City would be built along Pinal … Continue reading

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