An exceptionally informative view of an early piece of amateur ethnography . . . beautifully published.
—Journal of Anthropological Research
While McGee's fieldwork and attitudes may leave us perplexed today, his exploits are well introduced here by excellent and extensive annotations. . . . This book is not just a light reflection on the past. Instead the Fontanas have transformed simple field diaries into a reference piece on nineteenth-century ethnography and provided an excellent regional work on the historic Arizona-Sonora border region.
—American Indian Quarterly
This book is not just for readers of ethnography. It cuts across ruts of interest, like the best finely tuned essays we find in New Yorker
. From our own parochial paths, we may start reading in complete disinterest and ignorance, but by story's end we realize something special has been added to our world. It is a visit to a new country, a first meal at a fine restaurant or, for some who already know McGee and Sonora, a visit with old, old friends.