American Indian Tribes of the Southwest

Published on
May 27, 2013
Review Author(s)
Book Author(s)
Michael G. Johnson
Other Publication Information
Softcover, 52 pages (including covers), period photos, history
Product / Stock #
Men at Arms 488
Company: Osprey Publishing - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Osprey Publishing - Website: Visit Site

This is another fine publication in Osprey Publishing’s Men-at-Arms series. There are 10 books in the series that covers the Indians of America. This publication covers the Indian tribes of the Southwest, which is mainly Arizona and New Mexico and some of the surrounding states. The contents cover the history of the tribes, the Spanish Invasion, and the approximately 35 tribes in the Southwest. This number includes all the major tribal groups along with their sub-tribes. There is a description of the major tribal groups and their main characteristics, hunting, gathering, and customs. The section on language and tribal accents is particularly interesting. The major tribes of Ute, Apache (with 4 variants), Navajo, Zuni, Hopi, and Pueblo are covered, as well as marginal tribes. Numerous photographs from circa 1870 up to 1910 are included, along with color art work, maps, and illustrations.

Content overview:

  • 52 pages including covers
  • 38 black and white photographs
  • 8 full pages of color artwork
  • 3 illustrations
  • 2 maps
    • “Indian Peoples of the American Southwest c. 1650 – 1850”
    • “Main Missions, Presidios, Trails, Post & Engagements, 19th C.”

This an informative book for those interested in the American Indians in general or the Indians of the Southwest. I would recommend this as a very good read.

Thank you to Osprey Publishing for supplying the book and to IPMS USA for allowing me to write the review.


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