This is a book that has long been anticipated–Indian history written by a Native American, Joe S. Sando, born and raised at Jemez Pueblo in New Mexico.
Highly regarded by Native Americans as well as Anglo and Hispanic historians, Sando’s work covers the origins and development of Pueblo civilization, the Spanish conquest, the Pueblo Revolt, the influence of the United States government in Pueblo history, and the issues of land and water rights so vital to the survival of the Pueblo people today.
There are nineteen Pueblo Indian villages in the southwest. Although the villages are closely related to one another historically, socially, and culturally, each of the nineteen pueblos is considered by its citizens to be a sovereign nation, with all the rights and responsibilities normally associated with international states. They have their own governments, their own ages-old customs, their own languages (there are five distinct Pueblo languages), their own sense of destiny.