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Moser & Marlett 2005). This fact is in itself an indication of the degree of physical and cultural separation between the Seri people and their neighbors, a topic discussed in greater detail below. The lack of Seri names on maps is also due to the fact that no one would have known how to write them. 16 The first historical records of contact with the Spanish date from 1536,17 and (eventually unsuccessful) attempts at missionization of this group by the Jesuits and Franciscans were an important part of their history in the following two and a half centuries.

4 Adversative coordination with xo ........................................................................... 1 Maximal syllable template ....................................................................................... 968 35 1. 1 The Seri people live on the mainland coast of the Gulf of California in northwestern Sonora, primarily in two towns that evolved from fishing camps during the middle of the twentieth century: Haxöl Iihom (known as El Desemboque in Spanish, and not to be confused with another town of the same name a bit farther up the coast),2 and Socaaix (known as Punta Chueca by most outsiders).

Fortunately, the new expressions of cultural and linguistic rights that have been encoded as Mexican law in recent years (witness the creation of INALI, the Instituto Nacional de Lenguas Indígenas, through the passage of the “Ley General de Derechos Lingüísticos” (General Law of Linguistic Rights). The making of roads and the accessibility to automobiles has made their life easier in obvious and inescapable ways, but these have brought the outside world much closer and its impact much stronger.

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