Tribes of California

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University of California Press, 1976 - History - 512 pages
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This classic of American Indian ethnography, originally published in 1877, is again available in its complete form. In the summers of 1871 and 1872 Powers visited Indian groups in the northern two-thirds of California. A journalist by profession, he was untrained in ethnography, but was nonetheless an astonishingly intelligent observer who had a gift for writing in a spirited manner. He reported faithfully what he heard and portrayed accurately what he saw among the native survivors of Gold Rush days in a series of seventeen articles published mostly in The Overland Monthly. These were partly unwritten, added to, and reorganized by Powers to be published in 1877 as a report of the U.S. Geographical Survey of the Rocky Mountain Region.

Powers’ book is still basic and is referred to by everyone who deals with native cultures. The 1877 edition was not large, and Tribes of California is at last reprinted in response to growing demand for this rare volume. For this edition all of the original illustrations have been retained and the basic text printed in facsimile. Professor Robert F. Heizer has provided annotations throughout and an introduction to indicate contemporary thought about the volume.
 

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Contents

Chapter I
19
Physique Dress MoneyGovernment Marriage Lack of virtue Bastards Division of labor
28
Dance of propitiationKareya IndianOrnaments for the danceDance for salmonSuperstitions about
35
Chapter IV
44
THE TOLOWA
65
THE HUPA
72
Chapter IX
87
Chapter X
96
THE KABINAPEK
204
Chapter XXIII
214
Lack of cohesionGeographical distributionSeats of populationFoodLodgesChiefshipClan
229
CharacteristicsDistribution of tribesA metropolitan nation and a court languageDressFondness
243
Difficulty of learning national namesDominionPhysical aspectsDegeneratedSweatovensRange
252
THE ACHOMAWI
267
Chapter XXXII
331
Chapter XXXIII
346

CnAPTER XII
107
Chapter XIV
125
the tAtu
139
devilSweatbathsMovement cureDr TepAcorn danceTransmigration of soulsBig snakes
146
Chapter XVIU
155
Chapter XIX
174
Chapter XX
186
THE ASHOCIlIMI
196
Chapter XXXIV
361
the yOkuts
369
Chapter XXXVI
393
CHAPTER XXXVII
400
Chapter XXXVIII
419
No classificationMinute observationGreat number of edible mattersSubtilty of the medicine men
427
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About the author (1976)

The 5th youngest in a family of 6, Stephen Powers was born with a healthy appetite for attention. Acting up in class never quite satisfied, and learning to ride a unicycle was too hard, so he gorged himself on graffiti. Once filled, he attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and began to push his work in the medium towards a continuous dialogue with the masses, first with painting, then publishing "On the Go "magazine. He lives and paints in New York City. This is his first book, although not the first time he's been booked.

Robert F. Heizer's many works include the classic "The Other Californians: Prejudice and Discrimination under Spain, Mexico, and the United States to 1920" (1971), written with Alan Almquist. In his introduction, Albert L. Hurtado sets the documents in historical context and considers Heizer's influence on scholarship as well as the advances made since his death. A professor of history at Arizona State University, Hurtado is the author of "Indian Survival on the California Frontier,

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