Notes on Reindeer Nomadism
Publisher: American Anthropological Association
75-133 pages with 2 figures. Royal octavo (10" x 6 3/4") issued in wrappers. Memoirs of the American Anthropological Association, Volume VI, number 2. From the library of Dr William A Longacre II. 1st edition.
Information on the domestication of reindeer has been existent for a long time. Casual remarks about tamed reindeer can be found in old Chinese annals, in Rashiduddin's History of the Mongols, in the travels of Marco Polo, and in descriptions by some Scandinavians. Since the conquest of Siberia by the Russians knowledge of reindeer domestication has been greatly enriched. Not until the beginning of the last century did the problem of reindeer domestication become the subject of thorough investigation. Wiklund considered that there were four independent centers of reindeer domestication; Hatt and Maksimov believed that taming of reindeer by the Lapp originated independently from the souther Siberian centar of domestication. the importance of southern Siberia as a center of domestication is emphasized equally by Laufer, Hatt and Maksimov. This is one of the earliest scholarly works on the reindeer.
William Atlas Longacre II (1937-)American ethno-archaeologist has had a long career in archaeology; he is probably best known for his early contributions to the study of ethno-archaeology. He studied pueblo villages in the American southwest and hypothesized that you could tell matrilocality (i.e., whether women resided with their families or their husband's families after marriage) from the spatial distribution of potsherd decorative styles within a settlement. He probably took the idea a tad bit too far; but there is no doubt that the field of ethno-archaeology took a huge leap forward with his studies. He continues to explore kinship as its expressed in artifact distributions, now primarily with the Kalinga in the Philippines.
Edge wear to wrappers with chips, 4 inch tear at front heal hinge, with Dr Longacre's stamp on front wrapper and half title page,internally very good.
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