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The Delight Makers

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Unique in nineteenth-century American literature for its blend of historical romance and scientific observation, The Delight Makers provides in fictional form an invaluable reconstruction of prehistoric Indian culture of the Southwest. Written by an archaeologist who had spent eight years among the Pueblo tribes of New Mexico, it tells the story of the ancestors of the mod ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published September 29th 1971 by Mariner Books (first published 1890)
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Toni Moore
"The Delight Makers" tells the story of rivalries between different clans of a Native American tribe living in an adobe pueblo and hollowed out caves in a small canyon in central New Mexico. It is set in the time before Europeans arrived in the Western Hemisphere.

Its author, Adolf F. Bandelier, was a native of Switzerland who came to the United States in the latter part of the 19th century and became an archaeologist and expert in the Native American cultures of the Southwest. New Mexico's Bande
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Xarah
Feb 12, 2009 Xarah rated it really liked it
I found this book to be really enjoyable. It was interesting to read a historical fiction by an archaeologist and ethnologist. I felt that he did a better job portraying the past than writers who don’t have the anthropological skills behind them. While published in 1890, when archaeology in the Southwest was still fairly young, it provides an interesting look into the lives of Native Americans during the twelfth century.

One point of contrition; however: Bandelier portrays the ancient cultures th
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Michele
Aug 18, 2009 Michele rated it liked it
Someone told me this was a love story as well as historical. They had, apparently, not read the book. It is about the village Indians of long ago, a superstitious lot, but prone to the same ambitions and power plays of our century. The story revolves around two families and the political designs of two males that seek to elevate their own status at the expense of others. Most of the story is about the plans they made, their expectations, and the actual result. Although sometimes tedious in detai ...more
Kara
May 12, 2009 Kara rated it really liked it
It took me a little while to get used to his writing style and all of the details he added. However, I really enjoyed the story and learned a ton about the culture in the process.
Patricia
Apr 27, 2015 Patricia rated it liked it
An intriguing story of the life of the cliff dwellers.
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