Fourteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution 1892-93

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

Year: 1896

Publisher: Government Printing Office

Place: Washington, DC

Description:

Two Volumes: lxi+1136 pages; with 122 plates, 104 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. Volume 1: Papers by Walter James Hoffman, The Menomini Indians 3-328 pages, plates I-XXXVII and figures 1-55; George Parker Winship, The Coronado Expedition, 1540-1542 Winship's significant and scholarly study of the Coronado Expedition, comprises pages 329-613, and 47 of the plates pertain to it, 17 of which are facsimile maps, Volume 2: The Ghost-dance religion and the Sioux outbreak of 1890 pages 641-1110, plates LXXXV-CXXII and figures 56-104. Edited by J W Powell. (List of Publications of the Bureau of American Ethnology pg 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 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 and front cover pictorial dulled, part 1 gilt bright else about very good copy.


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