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Smithsonian Institution Bureau of Ethnology

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Works: 153 works in 321 publications in 1 language and 5,627 library holdings
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Omaha and Ponka letters by James Owen Dorsey( Book )

3 editions published in 1891 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originals and English translations of 77 letters in Dhegiha language, written by Omaha and Ponca Indians and translated by James Owen Dorsey
The circular, square, and octagonal earthworks of Ohio by Cyrus Thomas( Book )

5 editions published between 1889 and 2006 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of Ethnology : [bulletin] by Smithsonian Institution( )

in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction to the study of Indian languages : with words, phrases and sentences to be collected by John Wesley Powell( Book )

7 editions published between 1880 and 1981 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mountain chant : a Navajo ceremony by Washington Matthews( Book )

2 editions published in 1887 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Mountain Chant is a nine-day Navajo healing ceremony, one of several major rites undertaken only in winter. Aside from curing disease, it brings rain and invokes the unseen powers for general benefit. Though perhaps practiced less often now than better-known ceremonies such as the Night Chant, it is by no means forgotten. Fully faithful to the original published by Washington Matthews over a century ago, this edition contains the story of the wandering hero upon whose exploits the Mountain Chant is based, a description of each of the nine ceremonial days, and original song texts and translations
Navajo weavers by Washington Matthews( Book )

4 editions published between 1884 and 1885 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction to the study of sign language among the North American Indians by Garrick Mallery( Book )

11 editions published between 1880 and 1999 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Navajo silversmiths by Washington Matthews( )

1 edition published in 1883 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tribes of California by Stephen Powers( Book )

1 edition published in 1877 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Volume 3 consists of individual chapters describing the native people in California. The preface explains that the reader must set aside their concepts of native people based on the Dakota or the tribes found on the East Coast. Information was gathered mainly in the 1870s (largely between 1871 and 1872) and the work consists of descriptions of customs, fables, tatoos, culture, tools, weapons, worship, songs, botany and other important aspects of cultural and social life. Each tribe described contains a unique information set to describe aspects of life experienced with the tribe during the survey
A further contribution to the study of the mortuary customs of the North American Indians by H. C Yarrow( Book )

10 editions published between 1881 and 1999 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sign language among North American Indians, compared with that among other peoples and deafmutes by Garrick Mallery( Book )

4 editions published between 1881 and 2010 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Used throughout the world since earliest times as a common means of communication, sign language was particularly well developed among the Plains Indians of North America. The present study, a significant document in the history of American anthropology, was originally published in 1881 as part of the first annual report of the Bureau of American Ethnology. The author was a retired U.S. Army officer and bureau employee who was perhaps the foremost expert at that time on American Indian sign language. His exceptional knowledge of the subject produced a classic body of research data, still cited by anthropologists. The book begins with theories and observations about the genesis and universality of sign language, as well as its use by animals, children, and uninstructed deaf-mutes. Following an account of his research and methodology and suggestion for further research, the author devotes several pages to describing and illustrating signs used for specific words {u2014} from "antelope," "trade," and "yes" to such sentences as "Who are you?" "What is your name?" and "How old are you?" Especially interesting are 40 pages or so of narratives or dialogues, most given both in sign language and in oral paraphrase. Throughout the book, clearly diagrammed illustrations indicate proper movements of body and hands for signing. Students of linguistics and anthropology {u2014} anyone fascinated by this age-old method of communication {u2014} will welcome this inexpensive reprint of a long-unavailable treasure
Aids to the study of the Maya codices by Cyrus Thomas( Book )

1 edition published in 1888 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The object of this paper is to present to students of American paleography a brief explanation of some discoveries, made in regard to certain Maya codices...."--Cover
The sacred formulas of the Cherokees by James Mooney( Book )

1 edition published in 1891 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fourteenth annual report of the Bureau of Ethnology : to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1892-93 by Smithsonian Institution( Book )

1 edition published in 1896 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Seminole Indians of Florida by Clay MacCauley( Book )

1 edition published in 1887 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first anthropological study of the Florida Seminoles, this classic portrait was originally published in 1889 by the Smithsonian Institution's Bureau of Ethnology. The report describes Seminole clothing and ornaments, the palm-thatched chickees in which families lived, economic pursuits, crafts, and other aspects of everyday life. Supplementing MacCauley's report in this edition are additional materials and photographs.--Publisher
Ethnology of the Ungava district, Hudson Bay territory by Lucien M Turner( Book )

9 editions published between 1894 and 1999 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally published in 1894 as part of the Eleventh Report of the Bureau of Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution, 1889-1890. First thorough account of the Ungava district inhabitants, describing their traditional ways
List of the publications of the Bureau of Ethnology : with index to authors and subjects by Smithsonian Institution( Book )

2 editions published in 1894 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Annual report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution by Smithsonian Institution( )

in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Work in mound exploration of the Bureau of Ethnology by Cyrus Thomas( Book )

1 edition published in 1887 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Alternative Names

controlled identitySmithsonian Institution. Bureau of American Ethnology

Bureau of Ethnology

Bureau of Ethnology (Smithsonian Institution)

Bureau of Ethnology (Washington, D.C.)

Smithsonian Institution Bureau of Ethnology

United States Bureau of Ethnology

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English (101)