The Ponca Tribe

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Author: Howard, James Henri (1925-1982)

Year: 1965

Publisher: Government Printing Office

Place: Washington, DC


xii+191 pages with frontispiece, plates, 8 figures (some folding), map and index. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6") bound in original publisher's olive green cloth with gilt lettering to spine. James Howard in collaboration with Peter Le Claire, tribal historian and other members of the tribe. Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology, Bulletin 195. First edition.

James H. Howard studied at the University of Nebraska (B.A., 1949; M.A., 1950) and the University of Michigan (Ph.D., 1957). In 1950-1953, he served as archeologist and preparator at the North Dakota State Historical Museum; and, in 1955-1957, he was on the Kansas City (Missouri) Museum staff. During the summer, 1957, he joined the Smithsonian's River Basin Survey. Between 1957 and 1968, he served in several capacities with the University of South Dakota, including assistant and associate professor, director of the Institute of Indian Studies (1963-1966), and director of the W.H. Over Museum (1963-1968). In 1968, he joined the Department of Sociology at Oklahoma State University, where he achieved the rank of professor in 1970. In 1979, he was as a consultant for exhibitions at the Western Heritage Museum in Omaha, Nebraska. Howard's abiding interest was the peoples of North America, whom he studied both as an ethnologist and archeologist. Between 1949 and 1982, he worked with the Ponca, Omaha, Yankton and Yanktonai Dakota, Yamasee, Plains Ojibwa (or Bungi), Delaware, Seneca-Cayuga, Prairie Potawatomi of Kansas, Mississippi and Oklahoma Choctaw, Shawnee, Kickapoo, Oklahoma Seminole, and Pawnee. His interests varied from group to group. With some, he carried out general culture studies; with others, he focused on ceremonies, art, dance, or music. For some, he was interested in environmental adaptation and land use, the latter particularly for the Pawnee, Yankton Dakota, Plains, Turtle Mountain Chippewa, and Ponca for which he served as consultant and expert witness in cases before the United States Indian Claims Commission. A long-time museum man, Howard was also interested in Indian dress, articles associated with ceremonies, and other items of material culture. As an archeologist, Howard worked at Like-a-Fishhook Village, North Dakota; Spawn Mound and other sites, South Dakota; Gavin Point, Nebraska and South Dakota; Weston and Hogshooter sites, Oklahoma, and the Fortress of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia. He also conducted surveys for the Lone Star Steel Company in Haskell, Latimer, LeFlore, and Pittsburg counties, Oklahoma.


A near fine copy.

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