Proceedings of the Davenport Academy of Sciences, Volume 9 (Google eBook)

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The Academy, 1904 - Natural history
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Page 130 - Bartolome wear little eamisas and wide drawers of home- spun cotton, into which bird, animal, human and geometrical patterns are woven with bits of bright colored worsteds. We observed no cases of pinto among the Chamula Indians whom we measured; the disease is common at San Bartolome'. In counting, the Indians assist themselves by touching the fingers of one hand, with the index finger of the other hand; thus, one is counted on the little finger of the left hand, two corresponds to the next finger,...
Page 74 - The common attitude of rest is a squat position, with the knees slightly forward and the hams resting upon the thighs, the weight being thrown upon the balls of the soles of the feet. All travelers mention the fastidious neatness of the Mayas. Both body and dress are kept scrupulously clean. Personally, we doubt whether this is completely praiseworthy, suspecting that it stands in relation to the survival of certain ancient vices; our observations permit no definite statement, however. Houses in...
Page 54 - ... were they present), on the abdomen subparallel, but at first diverging feebly and then converging a little more; the lower margin of the lateral lobes of the pronotum edged as broadly with white, the white margined above with pink, and this white stripe continues forward upon the head embracing the lower margin of the eye; the vertical sides of the fastigium are white basally...
Page 48 - Aug. 10-16 (Woeton, in Morse's coll.); south fork of Eagle Creek, White Mts. (t. Cockerell). Melanoplus quadratus Scudder, sp. nov. — Of moderately large size. Head olivaceo-fuscous with a rather broad postocular fuscous stripe, hardly prominent, the vertex somewhat tumid especially in the male, slightly elevated above the pronotum, the interspace between the eyes a little wider, especially in the female, than the first antennal joint; fastigium rather steeply declivent, very shallowly sulcate,...
Page 53 - Tegmina of male small, compact, full, apically subtruncate, extending beyond pronotum by about one-third its length, in the female reduced to minute ovate lateral pads. Legs long and slender, the fore tibiae with three spines above on outer margin and occasionally, at least in female, and sometimes only on one side of the body, one or two spines on inner margin. Ovipositor fully as long as the body and considerably longer than the hind femora, considerably arcuate, but only in apical half, testaceous,...
Page 238 - Hicoria alba; the gall white or yellowish, pubescent, and gummy or sticky ; opening below in a fibrous point. The eggs are almost spherical, pale and translucent. Larva, motherlouse and pupa quite pale, the red eyes and eyelets strongly contrasting.
Page 69 - Little girls wear a single piece garment, a camisa, or huipili, with the open-work neck-band. The variety of breads made of maize is astonishing. Tortillas, of course, are general: but there are also cocoles, chavacanes, and pemol. Cocoles are flat, round, cakes of maize, about two inches across and three-eights of an inch thick ; they contain shortening and are served hot. Chavacanes are thin, flat, square, crisp crackers of flakey texture, made of corn meal, eggs, and shortening; they come hot...
Page 180 - ... long, slightly curved, and flattish; one of them bears thirty-four cuts, the other thirty-three. Formerly I •should have looked upon these as tally-sticks marking some hunter's or warrior's count, and the thinness of the bones and consequent shallowness of the {PROC.
Page 224 - Walsh ; but he says (ibid.) that the gall of his species is " spherical," and also that the size of the insect is " .07 to .08 inch in length ;" and that the abdomen is blackish. But unless described from living specimens, the color is of no value, as they all turn black after death.
Page 64 - ... sugared and red below. maimon : sponge cakes, varying in size, rectangular, sugared on top; are more sold to mestizos than to Indians. While the plate gives a fair range, several favorites, as pan tochtl, pan maitl, are not represented. Pan is the ordinary Spanish word for bread; totopo, tlacotonal, ixtitl and cololochtl are Aztec. The great washing basket — hueytlapacchichihuitl — when used for the feast of the dead, should be new, never having been applied to any ordinary service. In it...

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