This portion of this web site provides
a summary of current research on the
Spanish colonial period, on early
expeditions into the region, and on
the native inhabitants of the
American Southwest from the
terminal prehistoric period forward,
during a time commonly referred to
as the protohistoric. Included are
discussions of the Sobaipuri (Upper
Pima or O'odham), the Apache, and
non-Apache mobile groups, such as
the Jano and Jocome. The Salinas
Pueblos and Galisteo Basin Pueblos
are also discussed with reference to
mobile groups, and the Jumano and
Teya. These easternmost pueblos fall
along the edge of the Southwest as
does the area in southeastern New
Mexico where additional studies are
taking place.
Other material culture studies focus
on the methodological implications
of typologies and seek alternative
approaches to understanding
material culture variation.
2011 Where the Earth and Sky are Sewn Together:
Sobaípuri-O’odham Contexts of Contact and Colonialism.

University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City
(Cover Drawn and Copyrighted by Scott Seibel,
Artist/Illustrator of Scott Seibel Studios)
2012 From the Land of Ever Winter to the American Southwest:
Athapaskan Migrations, Mobility, and Ethnogenesis
Edited By Deni J. Seymour
University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City
Authors include the most knowledgeable
scholars with the most current new data
and perspectives on these topics:

David Brugge, Robert Brunswig, Roy
Carlson, David Carmichael,
Willem J. de Reuse, Doug Dykeman, Claire
R. Farrer, Kevin Gilmore, Bryan C. Gordon.
David V. Hill, David Hughes, Sean Larmore,
Marty Magne, Ripan Malhi, Keren Rice,
Paul Roebuck, Deni Seymour, Dale Walde,
Anthony Webster
Book Description: This book is the only modern in-depth archaeological account of
the people Father Kino encountered in southern Arizona. Using archaeological,
documentary, and ethnographic data resulting from over 25 years of research Dr
Seymour provides an entirely new perspective on the Sobaipuri-O'odham, exposing
many common fallacies presented by use of the historic record alone. Content also
has relevance to method and theory in historical archaeology.
2014 A Fateful Day in 1698:
Archaeological Insights into the Remarkable
Sobaipuri-O'odham Victory Over the Apache and their Allies.

University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City
To Die between the Mountains:
The Ethics of Reporting O'odham Warfare
Book manuscript
REVIEW: Southwest Books of the Year, Notable mention:

If we had a category for top archaeological book, Deni Seymour would take my vote
this year. Where Earth and Sky Are Sewn Together is a seminal, ground-breaking
analysis of those O’odham who once lived in the vicinity of Tucson and were a
major community when the first Spaniards arrived. The Sobaipuri O’odham may be
the most interesting and important Arizona tribe you’ve never heard of. Their
identity and history have long puzzled archaeologists and historians, and from her
life-long research, Seymour offers many answers in this well-reasoned, strongly
documented book that even avid non-professionals can enjoy. [Bill Broyles]
2016 Fierce and Indomitable:
The Protohistoric Non-Pueblo World in the American Southwest
Edited Volume. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City
Remembering Those Who've Lost Their Songs: A
Collaborative Perspective on Heritage and Identity at
San Xavier del Bac
. Book Manuscript.
(Deni Seymour, Tony Burrell, and David Tenario)
2012 Pasaron Por Aquí (They Passed By Here):
Cultural and Archaeological Treasures of Otero
Mesa, Otero County, New Mexico
Authors: Patrick Beckett, James Copeland, Doug Craig, David V. Hill, Mark E.
Harlan, Meade F. Kemrer, Alexander Kurota, Curtis Martin, Chris Loendorf,
James Moore, Peter Pilles, Heidi Roberts, Oscar Rodriguez, Deni J. Seymour,
John D. Speth, Robert J. Stokes, Joanne C. Tactikos, David Hurst Thomas

Trending upward as an archaeological field of study, protohistoric mobile
groups provide fascinating new directions for cutting-edge research in the
American Southwest and beyond. These mobile residents represent the
ancient and ancestral roots of many modern indigenous peoples, including
the Apaches, Jumano, Yavapai, and Ute. These important protohistoric and
historic mobile people have tended to be ignored because their
archaeological sites were deemed too difficult to identify, too scant to be
worthy of study, and too different to incorporate. This book brings together
information from a diverse collection of authors working throughout the
American Southwest and its fringes to make the bold statement that these
groups can be identified in the archaeological record and their sites have
much to contribute to the study of cultural process, method and theory, and
past lifeways. Mobile groups are integral for assessing the grand
reorganizational events of the Late Prehistoric period and are key to
understanding colonial contact and transformations.