http:// Sample text from the Ethnographer's Toolkit: NAVAJO AND EUROPEAN AMERICAN DIFFERENCES IN DEFINING A SCHOOL DISTRICTíS PROBLEMS Westerners studying American Indian cultures often find that the explanations they give for events are quite different from and often no less useful than those given by local people. During a particularly bad year in the school district she studied on the Navajo Nation, Margaret LeCompte was told that the two deaths among faculty, a student suicide, the leaking roof in the new gymnasium, and a computer glitch that irrevocably erased two whole and just finished grant proposals so that they could not be submitted in time were all indicators that someone in the community had violated taboos and thereby created disharmony. LeCompte had more rational explanations: heart attacks, alcoholism, an incompetent contractor, and the failure of staff to plug computers into surge protectors during a thunderstorm. But none of LeCompteís explanations had the power to make things better. Navajo teachers suggested organizing a Blessing Way Ceremony to bring the school and its staff back into harmony with nature and the community. The superintendent of schools, a Navajo, volunteered to be the patient to be cured, thus representing the district itself. Following the ceremony, LeCompte noticed improved morale among the staff and a genuine hiatus in calamities (LeCompte & McLaughlin, 1994). Tumamoc is one of six Tucson-area walled hilltop archaeological sites known as cerros de trincheras. All six were occupied by the Hohokam between A.D. 1100 and A.D. holds evidence of a much earlier occupation. It had been assumed for decades that the walls, terraces and homes on Tumamoc were built by the Hohokam. But evidence from the 1984 dig, along with other recent discoveries here and in northern Mexico, suggest the structures may be much older. The Hohokam appeared around A.D. 500 and vanished around A.D. 1450. Over the past two years, a large trincheras site in northern Chihuahua has been excavated and found to be about 3,000 years old. Development in the area has stripped away asphalt and about 8 feet of topsoil, exposing a mother lode of junk from Denver's past. And when the bulldozers fall silent on the weekends, a small troop of scavengers moves in. Dash, a thin, wiry man, makes no bones about why he digs. "Money," he explains. In 1849, 21 men, women and children laid out the town that would become Waco - the place was an abandoned Indian village, little more than a clearing in a wilderness of oaks, cedar brush and prairie grass.,1225,67924,00.html While the relic may have some historical value, the best solution, the report says, is to allow businesses to come onto the land and leave the fate of the 61-year-old hangar in the hands of a developer. Toward the end of her life, Agatha Christie remarked, "There is this about being married to an archaeologist. The older you get, the more interesting you become." Christie met her future husband, Max Mallowan, when she visited Leonard Woolley's excavation at Ur in Iraq, in the spring of 1930.