A front-page article describes SFI Omidyar Fellow Scott Ortman's view that the Tewa people who migrated to northern New Mexico 700 years ago from the Four Corners region sought a more egalitarian existence than that offered by the more hierarchical society from which they originated.

"You need to look at the patterns of material culture" -- the way a jar is painted, the way a village is constructed, and how these differ from place to place -- "as reflecting political life," says Ortman.

The piece, written by science writer and SFI Omidyar Fellow Nathan Collins, is the third in the Santa Fe New Mexican's "Science in a Complex World" series. Each article in the series is written by an SFI scientist.

Read the full article in the Santa Fe New Mexican (March 28, 2011)