Forty-Fourth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian, 1926-1927

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Author: Fewkes, Jesse Walter (1850-1930)

Year: 1928

Publisher: Government Printing Office

Place: Washington, DC

Description:

vii+555 pages with 98 plates, 16 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 John P Harrington Exploration of the Burton Mound at Santa Barbara, California pages 23-168, plates 1-27 and figures 1-2; John R Swanton Social and religious beliefs and usages of the Chickasaw Indians pages 169-273 and figure 3; Frances Densmore Uses of plants by the Chippewa Indians pages 275-397 and plates 28-63; Gerard FowkeArcheological investigations pages 399-540, plates 64-98 and figures 4-16. (List of Publications of the Bureau of American Ethnology pg 12) First edition.

Jesse Walter Fewkes (1850-1930) was an American anthropologist, archaeologist, writer and naturalist. He was born in Newton, Massachusetts, and initially trained as a zoologist at Harvard University. He later turned to ethnological studies of the native tribes in the American Southwest.In 1889, with the resignation of noted ethnologist Frank Hamilton Cushing, Fewkes became leader of the Hemenway Southwestern Archaeological Expedition. While with this project, Fewkes documented the existing lifestyle and rituals of the Zuni and Hopi tribes. He made the first phonograph recordings of Zuni songs. Fewkes joined the Bureau of American Ethnology of the Smithsonian in 1895, becoming its director in 1918.Fewkes surveyed the ruins of a number of cultures in the American Southwest, and wrote many well received articles and books. He supervised the excavation of the Casa Grande ruins in southern Arizona, a Hohokam site, and the Mesa Verde ruins in southern Colorado, an Ancient Pueblo site. He particularly focused on the variants and styles of prehistoric Southwest Indian pottery, producing a number of volumes with carefully drawn illustrations. His work on the Mimbres and Siky-tki pottery styles eventually led to the reproduction of many of these traditional forms and images. The Hopi potter Nampeyo became his friend and reproduced the newly documented traditional designs in her own work.Fewkes was one of the first voices for government preservation of ancient sites in the American Southwest. By the mid-1890s, vandalism of these sites was widespread.

Condition:

Corners bumped, corners and spine ends moderately rubbed, a touch of damp rippling else about very good without jacket as issued.


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