American Indians and the Old Spanish Trail


Publication: Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, University of Arizona

Author: Richard Stoffle, Kathleen Van Vlack, et al.

Date of Publication: 2008

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The purpose of this study is to provide an ethnohistoric and ethnographic assessment of selected American Indian communities along the OST. Text from the initial study design is provided in this and the next three sections of this chapter. It is important to understand the two levels at which this project is being and will be discussed. There is a larger effort designed to provide data which potentially can be used in the management the Old Spanish National Historic Trail, which was placed in National Trails System by an act of Congress in 2002. The current study, however, is limited in scope to a few American Indian tribes who lived along the trail when it was being used for pack-trains between Santa Fe, New Mexico and Los Angeles, California.