Pre-Contact Agriculture in Northern New Mexico
By Richard I. Ford and Roxanne Swentzell
Richard Ford, an ethnobotanist and ethnographer, and Roxanne Swentzel, an artist and permaculture expert, discuss and illustrate in Chapter 11 the different agricultural field types and techniques of precontact northern New Mexico. The field types and techniques are placed in the context of Pueblo philosophy and beliefs and the Tewa agricultural calendar is presented. Swentzell has provided original illustrations of the water control systems especially for this volume. Documentation of these traditional strategies is a valuable contribution to preserving and expanding these practices.