Thirteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1891-'92

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

Year: 1896

Publisher: Government Printing Office

Place: Washington, DC


lix+462 pages with 60 plates, 330 figures and index. Quarto (11 1/2" x 8 1/4") bound in original publisher's olive green with gilt lettering to spine and pictorial to cover. Papers by William Henry Holmes, Prehistoric textile art of Eastern United States pages 3-46, plates I-IX, figures 1-28; Gerard Fowke, Stone Art pages 47-178, and figures 29-278; Cosmos Mindeleff, Aboriginal remains in Verde Valley, Arizona pages 179-261, plates X-L and figures 279-305; James Owen Dorsey, Omaha dwellings, furniture and implements pages 263-288 and figures 306-327; Cosmos Mindeleff, Casa Grande ruin pages 289-319, plates LI-LX and figures 328-330; Frank Hamilton Cushing, Outlines of Zuni creation myths pages 321-447. Edited by J W Powell. (List of Publications of the Bureau of American Ethnology page 5) 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 gaging stations and preliminary work toward storage and utilization of river water for irrigation and prevention of floods and overflows.


Corners bumped, moderate rubbing to extremities. A better than very good copy issued without jacket.

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