Navaho Witchcraft

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Author: Kluckhohn, Clyde (1905-1960) from the library of Professor George M Foster

Year: 1944

Publisher: Beacon Press

Place: Boston


xxii+254 pages with appendices and bibliography. Octavo (8 1/4" x 5 1/2") issued in 1/2 black cloth with white lettering to spine and embossed front board. Biographical introduction by Talcott Parsons and Evon Z Vogt. From the library of George M Foster. First thus.

This noted work on Navaho witchcraft by one of America's great anthropologists is already considered a classic in the study of human behavior. Published originally as a monograph, it soon achieved distinction in the literature of social science, and is now issued in book form in response to a demand that it be made available to both specialists and the general reader. In his analysis of Navaho witchcraft beliefs and practices Kluckhon has employed a knowledge of depth psychology, linguistics, cultural history and social psychology to create a many-faceted work that probes into the mind and psyche of the Navaho people, and tells much of their way of life and unconscious motivations.

George McClelland Foster, Jr born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on October 9, 1913, died on May 18, 2006, at his home in the hills above the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as a professor from 1953 to his retirement in 1979, when he became professor emeritus. His contributions to anthropological theory and practice still challenge us; in more than 300 publications, his writings encompass a wide diversity of topics, including acculturation, long-term fieldwork, peasant economies, pottery making, public health, social structure, symbolic systems, technological change, theories of illness and wellness, humoral medicine in Latin America, and worldview. The quantity, quality, and long-term value of his scholarly work led to his election to the National Academy of Sciences in 1976. Virtually all of his major publications have been reprinted and/or translated. Provenance from the executor of Foster's library laid in.


Foster's stamp to title page, his underlining and occasional marginalia through out. Jacket spine sunned, lightly soiled else a good to very good copy in like jacket.

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