Twenty-Second Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution 1900-1901

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

Year: 1906

Publisher: Government Printing Office

Place: Washington, DC

Description:

Two parts: xliv+320 pages; 372 pages with 91 plates, 181 figures and index. Quarto (11 1/2" x 8 1/4") bound in publisher's original olive green with gilt lettering to spine and pictorial to cover. Papers by Jesse Walter Fewkes, Two summers' work in pueblo ruins 3-195, plates I-LXX and figures 1-122; Cyrus Thomas, Mayan calendar systems - II pages 197-305, plates LXXI-LXXXII and figures 127-170; Alice C Fletcher (assisted by James R Murie; music transcribed by Edwin S Tracy), The Hako: A Pawnee ceremony pages 5-368, plates LXXXIII-XCI and figures 171-181. Edited by J W Powell. (List of Publications of the Bureau of American Ethnology pg 8) 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.

Condition:

Corners bumped, extremities rubbed, part 2 spine dulled, book plate on front paste down part 2 else a good to very good copy issued without jacket.

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