Scholar: Julisa Edwards
Major: Anthropology & English
Faculty Mentor: Dr. G. Richard Scott
Research Topic: "An Odontometric Analysis of Living Southwest Indian Populations"
Abstract: The American Southwest is characterized by a diverse array of Native American populations who fall within several different language families (Uto-Aztecan, Hokan, Na-Dene, Zuni, Keresan, and Tanoan). This survey of Southwest Native American tooth size will determine whether tooth size covaries with language groups. One subsidiary problem is to determine if there is a difference in tooth size between Na-Dene (Apache, Navajo) and Amerind (Uto-Aztecan) groups that has been indicated by other lines of biological evidence. Following a survey of the literature on dental anthropology and Southwest Indian biology, culture, and prehistory, research will focus on measuring dental cast samples from three groups in the Southwest (Hopi, Pima, Navajo). Statistical analyses will determine if there are significant tooth size differences among the selected Southwest groups and evaluate the pattern of intergroup relationships based on odontometric data.
Earned Baccalaureate Degree: Spring 2009
Earned Master's Degree: English Language and Linguistics, Purdue University