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Aboriginal Siberia

Aboriginal Siberia

M. A. Czaplicka

Are there any true aborigines in Siberia, as there are in Africa and Australia? Aboriginal Siberia : a study in social anthropology, sets out to answer this question. In doing so, the author covers subjects such as Ethno-geography, Sociology, Religion and Pathology. An academic work by a student of Anthropology. Siberia occupies the whole of northern Asia, from Turania and the eastern Asiatic plateau to the Arctic Ocean, and from the Ural…

Aboriginal Tribes of India and Pakistan

Aboriginal Tribes of India and Pakistan

Hawabai Mustafa Shah

Aboriginal Tribes Of India And Pakistan, The Bhils and Kolhis, covers all aspects of the lives of these tribes, including their religious festivals, family festivals, folk thoughts, social life, cosmology, customs and manners, Ancestry, History, Occupation, General Characteristics, and cultural identity. The Bhils belong to the so-called aboriginals of India. This is practically all that is known about their ancestry. There was a time when…

The Aborigines of Western Australia

The Aborigines of Western Australia

Albert F. Calvert

This short book looks at the life and beliefs of The Aborigines of Western Australia. As with most of the books from this era and dealing with this type of subject, you have to be wary of the racism that underlines them. That said, the author was well intentioned. Calvert, who lists literally dozens of academic affiliations on the title page, does criticize his contemporaries for their treatment of Aborigines as subhumans. Throughout the essay…

Achomawi and Atsugewi Tales and Achomawi Myths

Achomawi and Atsugewi Tales and Achomawi Myths

Roland B. Dixon

A short collection of tales and myths of the Achomawi and Atsugewi, who lived in the north-eastern Sierra Nevada of California. Chapters include; Creation Myth (Achomawi); The Making Of Daylight (Achomawi); Hawk-Man (Achomawi); Search For Fire (Achomawi); Loon-Woman (Achomawi); The Lost Brother (Achomawi); Bluejay And Lizard And The Grizzly-Bears (Achomawi); Silver-Fox And Coyote (Achomawi); The Mole And The Sun (Achomawi)…

Ancient Society

Lewis H. Morgan

Ancient Society is a book which builds on the data about kinship and social organization presented in Morgan’s 1871 ‘Systems of Consanguinity and Affinity of the Human Family’. It develops his theory of the three stages of human progress, i.e., from Savagery through Barbarism to Civilization. Contemporary European social theorists such as Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels were influenced by Morgan’s work on social structure and material culture.

The Australian Race

Edward M. Curr

The Australian race: its origin, languages, customs, place of landing in Australia, and the routes by which it spread itself over that continent. This is volume 3 of 4 volumes. This book takes us through vast areas of Australia, telling us about the life, languages, etc of that particular area. Includes lists of regional words, alongside their English…

Baloma; The Spirits of the Dead in the Trobriand Islands

Baloma; The Spirits of the Dead in the Trobriand Islands

Bronislaw Malinowski

The Trobriand Islanders of the Melanesian region, as well as many other cultures in the Australian and New Guinea regions, had a belief that there was no cause and effect relationship between sexual intercourse and pregnancy. As detailed in this monograph, the Trobrianders belived that the Baloma, the spirits of the dead, would return from the…

Bihar Peasant Life

George A. Grierson

From the Preface: ‘While this work professes to be a catalogue of the names used by the Bihar peasant for the things surrounding him in his daily life, yet, in order to relieve the dryness which such a mere list would possess, the writer has attempted to give a description, more or less complete, of that life and of its character and incidents…

Chinigchinich

Chinigchinich

Friar Geronimo Boscana

Chinigchinich is an ethnographic account of the culture and religious beliefs of the native Californians in the vicinity of the famous mission San Juan Capistrano. Boscana was a bigot and a racist (he describes the Indians as being like monkeys). However, he lived among them for decades and obviously had an inquisitive mind and a…

Chukchee Mythology

Chukchee Mythology

Waldemar Bogoras

Split into Myths and Tales; Incantations; Songs, Proverbs, Riddles, Sayings; Creation Tales; Miscellaneous Tales; War Tales; and, Tales of Russianized Natives.

The Code of Handsome Lake, the Seneca Prophet

The Code of Handsome Lake, the Seneca Prophet

Arthur C. Parker

Handsome Lake (1735-1815) was a religious reformer among the Iroquois, the prominent alliance of New York tribes. His ‘Code’, presented in this book in full, attempted to simplify the spiritual practices of the Iroquois, preaching temperance, a strict moral code, and self-determination. It also contains some startling prophecies…

Coos Texts

Coos Texts

Leo J. Frachtenberg

This is a short collection of texts from the Coos people of Oregon, collected by anthropologists a century ago. This includes origin myths and lore about what lies beyond the sky and death, tales of people who marry anthropomorphic animals, and legends about natural disasters such as floods and fires.

The Culture of the Luiseño Indians

The Culture of the Luiseño Indians

Philip Stedman Sparkman

This is a study of the Luiseño people, who resided in the approximate area of Orange County in California. The book was published after the authors death, and it covers things such as Puberty Ceremonies, Bows And Arrows, Gums, Dyes, And Paint, Fishing, Clothing, Pottery, Shamanism, Government, and Marriage.

Dancing Gods, Indian Ceremonials of New Mexico and Arizona

Erna Fergusson

This is a first person look at a wide range of Pueblo, Hopi, Navajo, Zuñ, and Apache ceremonials in the late 1920s. This book is both an ethnographic document and a classic of Southwestern literature. A well researched and sympathetic book, and remarkably free of attitudes patronizing or idealizing Native Americans.

Ethnography of the Cahuilla Indians

Ethnography of the Cahuilla Indians

Alfred L. Kroeber

With 15 Plates. This is a short ethnography of the Cahuilla, who inhabited the desert of Southern California. This mostly covers material culture. Chapters include: Geography; Culture; Basketry; Stone Implements; Pottery; Implements of Wood and Fibre; Ceremonial Objects and Beads; Houses; and, Social and Religious Life.

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