Georg Friederici's "Scalping and Similar Warfare Customs in America" with a Critical Introduction

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ProQuest, 2008 - 242 pages
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Georg Friederici's "Skalpieren und ahnliche Kriegsgebrauche in Amerika" was published in 1906. It is a meticulously researched monograph that details the linguistic origins of the word "scalp," the history of scalping, and the geographical propagation of scalping and related customs in the Americas. In addition, Friederici analyzes the effect that the white settlers of America had on the Native American practice of scalping and presents his theory that the scalping custom developed from head trophies. This work has never been published in English apart from a sixteen page abstract printed in the Smithsonian Annual Report. My translation makes this work accessible to historians, ethnographers, anthropologists, and sociologists who do not have knowledge of German. It provides English readers with an appreciation of the scholarly perspective on the subject of scalping. Moreover, it affords an interesting viewpoint on German fascination with early America and the practices of Native Americans.

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Linguistics and history
Geographical and historical distribution of the scalping practice
Further spread and development of the scalping custom
Pure head trophies
Skin removal musical instruments teeth trophies bone pieces
The scalp
The origin of headtrophies and scalps

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