Ian Record at New Dominion Bookshop

New Dominion Bookshop will host a reading and book-signing

by Ian W. Record

who will present selections from his new book

Big Sycamore Stands Alone

The Western Apaches, Aravaipa, and the Struggle for Place

(Volume 1 in the New Directions in Native American Studies series)

Monday, January 12 at 12:15 PM

Ian RecordA trailblazing synthesis of oral and written histories

Western Apaches have long regarded the corner of Arizona encompassing Aravaipa Canyon as their sacred homeland. This book examines the evolving relationship between this people and this place, illustrating the enduring power of Aravaipa to shape and sustain contemporary Apache society.

Big Sycamore Stands Alone: The Western Apaches, Aravaipa, and the Struggle for Place articulates Aravaipa’s cultural legacy as seen through the eyes of some of its descendants, bringing Apache voices, knowledge, and perspectives to the fore. Focusing on the Camp Grant Massacre as its narrative centerpiece, Ian Record employs a unique approach that reflects how the Apaches conceptualize their history and identity, interweaving four distinct narrative threads: contemporary oral histories of individuals from the San Carlos reservation, historic documentation of Apache relationships to Aravaipa following the reservation’s establishment, descriptions of pre-reservation subsistence practices, and a history of early Apache struggles to maintain their connection with Aravaipa in the face of hostility from outsiders.

In addition, Record has mined the research notes of Grenville Goodwin to document important elements of Apache economic, political, and social organization in pre-reservation times.

A landmark ethnohistory, Big Sycamore Stands Alone documents a story that goes far beyond Cochise, Geronimo, and the Chiricahuas. Record’s work is a trailblazing synthesis of historical and anthropological materials that lends new insight into the relationship between people and place.


Ian W. Record is Senior Lecturer for the American Indian Studies Department at the University of Arizona, as well as Educational Resources Manager at the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy. He has published numerous articles in various journals and periodicals.

For more information, contact the author at recordi@email.arizona.edu.

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