Sixteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institiution 1894-'95

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Author: Powell, John Wesley (1834-1902) editor

Year: 1897

Publisher: Government Printing Office

Place: Washington, DC


cxix+326 pages with 81 plates, 83 figures and index. Quarto (11 1/2" x 8 1/4") bound in original publisher's olive green cloth with gilt lettering to spine and pictorial to cover. Papers by Manuel Antonio Muniz and W J McGee, Primitive trephining in Peru pages 3-72, plates I-XL; J Cosmos Mindeleff, The Cliff ruins of Canyon de Chelly, Arizona pages 73-198, plates XLI-LXIII and figures 1-83; Cyrus Thomas, Day symbols of the Maya year pages 199-265, plates LXIV-LXIX; Jesse Walter Fewkes, Tusayan snake ceremonies pages 267-312 and plates LXX-LXXXI. Edited by J W Powell. (List of Publications of the Bureau of American Ethnology pages 5-6) First edition.

Although classified by most conventional texts, John Wesley Powell always maintained that he was not an adventure or an explorer. He considered himself a scientist, motivated by a desire for knowledge and to further the progress of human kind. However, Powell did live a busy and active life as a military leader, the first navigator of the Colorado River, and director of the United States Geological Survey. His accounts from navigating the Colorado River earned him early fame. Due to his compassion toward Native Americans he was elevated to director of the Smithsonian Institution's Bureau of Ethnology in which he continued until his death. His work on the Irrigation Survey for the western United States, although never fully realized, lead to the establishment of river gauging stations and preliminary work toward storage and utilization of river water for irrigation and prevention of floods and overflows.


Senator John A. McDowell gift inscription to previous owner on front end paper, light rubbing to back hinge, corners bumped, else better than very good.

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