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Fire Adds Richness to the Land

Archaeology Southwest Magazine Vol. 30, No. 4

Issue editors: Christopher I. Roos (Southern Methodist University) and T. J. Ferguson (University of Arizona)

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Geoarchaeologists taking a core sample from an explosion pit on Banco Bonito, a lava flow from the Valles Caldera. Cores collected by the team provided soil records of fire going back thousands of years. Geoarchaeology was but one component of the multidisciplinary Jemez FHiRE Project. Image: Anastasia Steffen.

The Jemez FHiRE (Fire & Humans in Resilient Ecosystems) Project examines the human and environmental histories of the Jemez Plateau in light of traditional tribal knowledge about living in forested areas of the U.S. Southwest, and with an eye toward contemporary fire management issues at the Wildland–Urban Interface.

For further reading: Many of the authors’ names below are linked to their scholarly web pages. Those pages show or link to bibliographies related to the research presented in this issue. Any references specifically called out in an article are given below.

The Jemez FHiRE Project: An IntroductionChristopher I. Roos and Thomas W. Swetnam

National Science Foundation GEO-1114898

Summaries of papers presented at the 2015 Society for American Archaeology Conferences on tDAR

What is the Wildland-Urban Interface? (Ready, Set, Go! Program)

Fire Adds Richness to the Land: Ethnographic Knowledge about Forests and Fire — Benrita “Mae” Burnette, Ronnie Cachini, T. J. Ferguson, Sharlot Hart, Stewart B. Koyiyumptewa, Octavius Seowtewa, Paul Tosa, and John R. Welch

Hopi Tribe

Pueblo of Jemez

Pueblo of Zuni

White Mountain Apache Tribe

The Hemish Footprint — Paul Tosa and Barry Price Steinbrecher

Walatowa Vistor Center (Jemez Pueblo)

Price Steinbrecher, Barry
2015  The Geography of Heritage: Comparing Archaeological Culture Areas and Contemporary Cultural Landscapes. Master’s thesis, University of Arizona.

Jemez Archaeology and HistoryMatthew Liebmann and Chris Toya

Liebmann, Matthew
2012  Revolt: An Archaeological History of Pueblo Resistance and Revitalization in 17th-Century New Mexico. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

The High-Elevation Archaeological Record of the Valles CalderaAnastasia Steffen

Valles Caldera National Preserve

Parmenter, Robert R., Anastasia Steffen, and Craig D. Allen
2007 An Overview of the Valles Caldera National Preserve: The Natural and Cultural Resources. New Mexico Geological Society Guidebook, 58th Field Conference, Geology of the Jemez Mountains Region II, pp. 147–154. (opens as a PDF)

Terminus Ante Quem Dating of the Depopulation of Jemez Ancestral VillagesJosh Farella and Thomas W. Swetnam

Terminus ante quem” at Archaeology Wordsmith

Farella, Joshua
2015  Terminus Ante Quem Constraint of Pueblo Occupation Periods in the Jemez Province, New Mexico. Master’s thesis, University of Arizona.

Modeling Jemez Population — Matthew Liebmann

Liebmann, Matthew J., Joshua Farella, Christopher I. Roos, Adam Stack, Sarah Martini, and Thomas W. Swetnam
2015  Native American depopulation, reforestation, and fire regimes in the Southwest United States, 1492–1900 CE. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Vol. 113, No. 6.

Antonio de Espejo

Fray Gerónimo Zárate Salmerón

Fray Augustín de Vetancurt

Alonso de Benavides

Diego de Vargas

Through Fire and Water: Ancestral Jemez Water ManagementMichael Aiuvalasit

Matt Peeples’s map of Pueblo languages and sub-groups (Tewa, Towa, Keres, and others; opens as a PDF)

Tree-Ring Records of Forests, People, and Fire in the Jemez Mountains — Thomas W. Swetnam

The Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research: About Tree Rings

Swetnam, Thomas W., Joshua Farella, Christopher I. Roos, Matthew J. Liebmann, Donald A. Falk, and Craig D. Allen
2016  Multiscale perspectives of fire, climate and humans in western North America and the Jemez Mountains, USA. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 371(1696).

The Long-Term Context for Human–Fire Relationships on the Jemez Plateau — Christopher I. Roos

Modeling Ancient Land Use and Resilient Forests in the Jemez MountainsRachel Loehman

About FireBGCv2

Lessons from Four Centuries of Local Management for Contemporary Fire Challenges — Thomas W. Swetnam and Christopher I. Roos

FHiRE Outreach: Learning about Forest Fires Then and NowSara Chavarria

The results of our collaboration were several tools that we hope help more teachers and students understand forest fires today:

Beyond Community Consent: Toward Sovereignty-Driven Academic Research — Francis Vigil and John R. Welch
Collaborative Model Diagram

Resolution 2015-41

Back Sight — William H. Doelle

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Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition

Utah Diné Bikeyah

Friends of Cedar Mesa

Great Bend of the Gila National Monument

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