Fortieth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Insitution, 1918-1919

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Author: Fewkes, Jesse Walter (1850-1930)

Year: 1925

Publisher: Government Printing Office

Place: Washington, DC


vii+664 pages with 2 plates, 2 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 Truman Michelson The mythical origin of the White Buffalo Dance of the Fox Indians pages 23-289, plate 1 and figure 1; Truman Michelson The Autobiography of a Fox Indian woman pages 291-349; Truman Michelson Notes on Fox mortuary customs and beliefs pages 351-496; Truman Michelson Notes on the Fox society known as "Those who worship the Little Spotted Buffalo" pages 497-539, plate 2 and figure 2; Truman Michelson The traditional origin of the Fox society known as "The singing around rite" page 541-658. (List of Publications of the Bureau of American Ethnology pg 11) 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.


Corners bumped, spine ends and corners moderately rubbed, light soiling. A very good copy without jacket as issued.

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