James Griffith presents the different understandings that different people through time and continuing on today have inscribed upon the area's semiarid topography. . . . Friendly, scholarly, and well written.
The Latin American Anthropology Review
Griffith paints the spiritual geography of this area with a rich and personal style that almost imitates the Baroque style of church art found throughout Pimeria Alta.
After nearly thirty years of intense personal interest and residence in 'the land of the Pimas,' Griffith chooses places and traditions that have especially strong connections to myth/folklore and lays out for us in good, clean prose his personal account of them. If you have any interest in the traditions of the Southwest, do not miss this important book.
Books of the Southwest
The Tohono O'odham . . . fascinate the author and will fascinate the reader too with their responses both to the landscape and to the cultural influences of their neighbors. . . . The reader will also remember the author's gentle tone. Mr. Griffith writes of the beliefs and customs of people far different from himself in a spirit of restraint and simple decency.
New York Times Book Review
The anecdotes related in Griffith's book illustrate the geographical configuration of the Pimería Alta as well as the complexity of each cultural group within the region. The stories also reveal the dynamic forces contained in oral history as it is transmitted to each succeeding generation.
New Mexico Historical Review
It is a testimony to the unheralded aspects of historical traditions that shape our interpretations of the past and that will link the shadowy present to an even more mysterious future. Griffith correctly identifies spirituality as the key link between people and places, between man and the land, and ultimatley between man and God.
Catholic Historical Review