The Chinantec: Report on the Central and South-Eastern Region. Vol I - The Chinantec and their Habitat

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Author: Bevan, Bernard from George M Foster's library

Year: 1938

Publisher: Instituto Panamericano de Geografia e Historia

Place: Mexico City


161 pages with maps, tables, plates, charts, figures, appendix, bibliography and index. Quarto (10 1/2" x 8") bound in original publisher's wrappers. Publication number 24. From the library of George M Foster. First edition.

This short but inclusive study gives a synthesis of the general results of live journeys in the Chinantla region of the state of Oaxaca, 1934-1936, made principally by the author and Irmgard Weitlaner. It deals primarily with ecologic and economic details, and presents an excellent historic summary together with an inclusive bibliography and list of Chinantec manuscripts. Bevan's work is particularly valuable from a geographic viewpoint; trails, trade routes, and excellent territorial delimitations are give on numerous sketch maps, as well as descriptive material. Population and monolinguality figures are given for the most important villages.

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 name to front wrapper. Corners bumped, edge wear, front wrapper beginning else a better than good copy.

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