Classic ethnography . . . A must-read for Latin (and North) Americanists interested in the on-going struggles of indigenous peoples. Coyle's work is impressive both for its rich ethnography and for its historical analysis. This book will also interest anyone concerned with the 'drug war,' development, indigenous knowledge, and the relationships between culture, politics, and history.
—Journal of Anthropological Research
Coyle's research combines theoretical sophistication and the most comprehensive description of Náyari ceremonialism in print with a compassionate dissection of the forces that are tearing Náyari society apart. This is an ethnographic classic, truly a seminal work.
—Southwestern Mission Research Center
Coyle excels in describing the ceremonies. Suffice it to say that the community has a great many of them, about a dozen distinct, usually multi-day-and-night events. Coyle was at pains to see, to ask about, and to state and coordinate the scenarios of each. He shows how they form one intricate ceremonial year.
A fine-grained analysis of Cora culture and history that explains present and past sociopolitical realities of Tereseño life . . . This masterful synthesis deserves a wide audience for both its path-breaking approach that unites history and anthropology and the important insight offered into Cora culture.
—Hispanic American Historical Review