Handbook of the Indians of California

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Courier Dover Publications, 1925 - History - 995 pages
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The Indians of California, in their ethnographic present, offered the widest range to be found in any area of the United States. In the north they approximated the cultures of the Northwest Coast; in the center they developed distinctive, elaborate cultures based on local food supplies; and on the south and east they approximated the more primitive desert groups -- all in all showing a host of adaptations within a relatively small geographical area. In addition, despite successive decimations by missionaries, colonial administrations, settlers and exploiters, enough Indians survived (though sometimes only a couple for each group) to make their study possible. For these reasons they have long been an important topic in anthropological circles.
  

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Contents

land and civilization
1
law and custom
20
religion
53
arts
76
The Karok
98
The Chlmnriko nnd Wiyot
109
the Toknva
121
the Hupa Chilula and Whilkut
128
geography
474
social institutions
492
cults
502
the concrete basis of life
519
The Esselen and Salinans
544
The Chumash
550
The Washo
569
3S The Shosbonean stock
574

southern groups
142
The Yuki ethnic geography
159
The Yuki culture
169
The Yuki religion
182
The Huclmom and Coast Yuki
202
The Wappo
217
geography and politics
222
civilization
240
religion
258
The Coast and Lake Miwok
272
The Shastan group
279
The Shasta
285
The Achomawi and Atsugewi
305
The Modoc
318
The Yana nnd Yahi
336
The Penutian Familv
347
geography and culture
351
Kuksu cult
364
land and society
391
arts and implements
405
religion and knowledge
422
The Miwok
442
The Costanoans
462
The Paiute Mono and Koso
581
The Chemehuevi
597
The Kawaiisu and Tiibatulabal
1
Chapter Page
11
The Gabrielino 020
20
The Juaneflo 030
30
elements of civilization 048
48
organization of civilization 008
710
The DicgueBo and Kamia 709
726
dream life
754
The Yuma
781
Other Yuman tribes
796
Arts of life
804
Society
830
A Religion and knowledge
851
Population
880
Place names
892
Culture provincea
898
Prehistory
919
Pronunciation of native words
940
Classification of titles by subject 907
967
General index
973
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About the author (1925)

A. L. Kroeber (1876-1960) was professor of anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley and director of what is now called the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. He was best known for making connections between the field of archaeology and culture and is credited with developing the concepts of culture area, cultural configuration, and cultural fatigue. He is the author of numerous books including "The Religion of the Indians of California" and "Indian Myths of South Central California".