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Cover of Biohistory of 19th-century Afro-Americans

A Biohistory of 19th-Century Afro-Americans

By Lesley M. Rankin-Hill. Westport, Conn: Bergin & Garvey, 1997.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

Upon the discovery of a long-forgotten cemetery in Philadelphia, excavation and study exposed the remains of a Baptist church cemetery and its African-American inhabitants. Thorough research of the skeletons and surrounding area shed light on the living conditions of the African Americans in 19th-century Philadelphia and its environs. This book is important to scientists and curators studying 19th-century American life and physical remains of 19th century Africa -Americans. Read More
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African-American Pioneers in Anthropology

Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1999.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

This book highlights the lives, works, and accomplishments of African American scholars in recent history whose work is influential in the field of anthropology. The contributions of these scholars vary, ranging from the cultural impacts of Zora Neale Hurston’s field works and writings to Caroline Bond Day and her research in physical anthropology. Each chapter focuses on a specific person, discussing both their biography and their scholarly work. This book is important to the collection as documentation of the diversity within anthropology, as well as a thorough biographical resource... Read More
Arizona Place Names Cover

Arizona place names

By William Croft Barnes. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1935.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

“For more than thirty years the author has been gathering information from old timers, Indians, Mexicans, cowboys, sheep-herders, historians, any and everybody who had a story to tell as to the origin and meaning of Arizona names” begins William Croft Barnes' most well-known work, Arizona Place Names – the product of a lifetime of travel throughout Arizona as a result of his military, political, geographical, and ecological services to the US. The original publication of this indispensable reference work on Arizona toponyms is extremely popular and has been republished many... Read More
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Arizona sketches

By J. A. Munk. New York: The Grafton Press, 1905.
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Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

“Arizona is a land that is full of history as well as mystery and invites investigation. It has a fascination that every one feels who crosses its boarder. Paradoxical as it may seem, it is both the oldest and newest portion of our country – the oldest in ancient occupation and civilization and the newest in modern progress.” So states Joseph A. Munk in A Romantic Land, the first chapter, or sketch, in this, his first book about Arizona. Munk became an Arizona enthusiast after visiting the territory for the first time in 1884, and began a life-long obsession with the literature... Read More
Atlas of the Philippine Islands folio book

Atlas of the Philippine Islands

By Manila Observatory. Washington [D.C.]: [U.S.] G.P.O, 1900.
Adoption Amount: $900   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

This atlas was drawn up in the late 1880s under the supervision of Jesuit Observatory director Fr Joséš Algue, S.J. At a time when no full surveys of the islands existed, the compilers painstakingly worked to collect and verify all available data from residents, travelers, explorers, and the like. Native Philippine draftsmen executed the drawings. When the Philippines was ceded to the U.S. in 1899, the U.S. recognized the project’s value and agreed to publish the work through the U.S. Coastal and Geodetic Survey, redoing some maps and including an introduction and statistical... Read More
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Bones in the Basement

Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997.
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Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

The authors use the discovery of discarded 19th-century cadavers at the Medical College of Georgia to examine the use of African American bodies as a medical education tool. The book looks at the cultural implications of these practices as well as the resulting medical knowledge. This research brings added dimension to physical anthropology discoveries and historical medical findings. Read More
Codex Nutall title page

Codex Nuttall

Cambridge, Mass.: Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 1902.
Adoption Amount: $550   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

This 1902 facsimile is one of a small number of codices of native pictography from Mexico dating to pre-Hispanic times.  The original is a screenfold manuscript comprised of 47 leaves of deer skin now in the British Museum.  It uses a kind of picture writing to relate two narratives.  One side of the screenfold tells the history of important Mixtec centers.  The other side, starting at the opposite end, records the genealogy, marriages, and military and political accomplishments of the Mixtec ruler, Eight Deer.  Also included is one of the earliest portrayals of the sacred drink ... Read More
Dineh Bizad, Navajo, his Language title page

Dineh Bizad, Navaho, his language

Tolchaco, Ariz.: Mission to the Navaho Indians, [pref. 1910].
Adoption Amount: $450   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

This small 4 x 6 inch handbook written by Presbyterian missionary Frederick G Mitchel is  “ . .  the fruit of a sincere desire to help those who seek a working knowledge of the Navaho language.”   It includes an alphabet with English sound words, conjugated verbs, an English-Navaho word list and other subject-oriented word lists for places, travel, greetings, time and seasons, money and numbers, personal pronouns, parts of the body, and family relations.  In warning the reader how difficult Navaho is to learn, Mitchell could never have dreamed that difficulty would turn into an asset... Read More
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Eskimo cook book

Anchorage, Alaska : Alaska Crippled Children's Association, [1952?].
Adoption Amount: $400   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

This 1952 cookbook began in an Inupiaq village just 20 miles south of the Arctic Circle as part of an elementary school classroom discussion of locally available native foods for good health.  The teacher’s request for each student to “bring in a recipe or little story of how mother cooked the meat, fish, or other foods used”  resulted in this booklet. Recipes share instructions on preparing indigenous plants and wildlife, from stink weed to polar bear and whale. Learn more about this cookbook and its contributors at the website: https://www.good.is/slideshows/photos-the-eskimo-... Read More
Lienzo de Tlaxcala (1939 reproduction) cover page

Lienzo de Tlaxcala

Mexico, D.F.: Libreria Anticuaria G.M. Echaniz , [1939].
Adoption Amount: $1,300   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

This 1939 reproduction of a Tlaxcala codex was originally developed in the 16th century. The Lienzo de Tlaxcala uses detailed drawings to depict the time of contact and conflict between Hernando Cortez and various people groups in and around the Tlaxcala region of Mexico. The Lienzo de Tlaxcala is comprised of images with accompanying headings in Nahuatl and captions in Spanish.  This quarto-sized reproduction includes a forward explaining the rich history of the Lienzo de Tlaxcala, from the missing 16th century original to the various iterations throughout... Read More

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