“Alamito Focus. Mexican Paling House of ocatilla [sic]. Boquillas, Texas in Lower Big Bend, 1936.” reads the typed caption on this photograph by J. Charles Kelley. The use of ocotillo in house construction in the La Junta vicinity (and more generally the Big Bend and northern Mexico) illustrates the long-lived continuity of certain patterns established by the La Junta phase villagers some 700 years earlier. Kelley used the term “Alamito Focus” to designate the local Mexican culture during modern historic era (after 1850) in the Bravo Valley cultural sequence. CBBS Archives, Sul Ross.
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