A Numic Migration? Ethnographic Evidence Revisited

Catherine S. Fowler

in Rethinking Anthropological Perspectives on Migration

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036076
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041780 | DOI:
A Numic Migration? Ethnographic Evidence Revisited

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This chapter reviews the ethnographic evidence for and against the hypothesis that speakers of languages of the Numic branch of the Uto-Aztecan language family expanded/migrated within the last 1,000 to 2,000 years into the Great Basin of Western North American from a homeland somewhere in the southwestern corner of their present geographic range. The evidence reviewed includes documentary records, indigenous oral traditions, and cultural patterns (culture traits, material culture, cultural processes, naming). It concludes that the hypothesis remains viable, although the evidence is slim, and suggests several points to investigate for the future.

Keywords: migration; ethnoarchaeology; Uto-Aztecan languages; Numic languages; Numic origins; oral tradition; linguistic prehistory

Chapter.  6281 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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