In the last century historians and anthropologists interested in
northwestern Mexico knew that Indians had inhabited four large
islands in the Gulf of California. Since 1900 ethnohistorical and
archaeological research has expanded knowledge of Indians on both
sides of the Gulf. Much of that information pertains to the people
living on the peninsula and mainland, and touches only incidentally
on the islands. In this volume, Thomas Bowen presents historical
and archaeological evidence for human use of 32 major Gulf islands.
Native people may have played a significant role in shaping island
ecosystems. Chronological data from the southern Gulf establishes a
time depth for native people of ten millennia. New information from
Seri oral history indicates Seri voyages far beyond Isla Tiburon,
and Bowen shows the traditional assumption -- that most islands
were beyond the range of native people - is wrong. Indians knew and
exploited nearly every significant island in the Gulf. Bowen's work
touches on the question of initial human entry into the Americas.
The Gulf may occupy a pivotal position in human dispersal in the
Americas, and it is possible that evidence of this process has been
preserved on some Gulf islands.
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