American Anthropologist, Volume 3

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American Anthropological Association, 1890 - Anthropology

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Page 225 - Renews the life of joy in happiest hours. It is a little thing to speak a phrase Of common comfort which by daily use Has almost lost its sense ; yet on the ear Of him who thought to die unmourned 'twill fall Like choicest music...
Page 184 - The ORIGIN of CIVILISATION and the PRIMITIVE CONDITION of MAN ; Mental and Social Condition of Savages.
Page 351 - Shortly after we came to this place, the squaws began to make sugar. We had no large kettles with us this year, and they made the frost, in some measure, supply the place of fire, in making sugar. Their large bark vessels, for holding the stock water, they made broad and shallow ; and as the weather is very cold here, it frequently freezes at night in sugar time; and the ice they break and cast out of* the vessels. I asked them if they were not throwing away the sugar. They said no ; it was water...
Page 310 - Metamorphoses : I, 84-86. The erect position is, however, gradually acquired. As in the sphinx's riddle, we literally go on all fours in the morning of life, and the difficulty that an infant experiences in learning to walk erect is strong evidence that that is an accomplishment acquired by the race late in its history. We ought, if this is the case, to find in the human body indications of a previous semi-erect posture. There is a vast amount of evidence of this character, and I can only sketch...
Page 226 - Love took up the harp of life, and smote on all the chords with might; Smote the chord of self, that, trembling, passed in music out of sight.
Page 115 - When ali was ready, the game began, but at the very outset the flying squirrel caught the ball and carried it up a tree, then threw it to the birds, who kept it in the air for some time, when it dropped ; but just before it reached the ground the bat seized it, and by his dodging and doubling kept it out of the way of even the swiftest of the animals until he finally threw it in at the goal, and thus won the victory for the birds.
Page 54 - Some of these ancient people still dwell in the clouds. They have large, curved beaks, resembling bison humps; their voices are loud, they do not open their eyes wide except when they make lightning, and they have wings.
Page 321 - The genitourinary system abounds in them. The uterus may have two cavities, as in many quadrupeds, or approach that condition by being bicornuate, as in apes, and a great variety of other vestigial structures occur, all pointing back to an original neutral condition, before the sexes were differentiated. In the nervous system there is no lack of instances. Our studies of the brain are as yet far from complete — indeed, we seem to be only at the threshold of a reasonable knowledge of the nervous...
Page 309 - There wanted yet the master-work, the end Of all yet done; a creature, who, not prone • And brute as other creatures, but endued With sanctity of reason, might erect His stature, and upright with front serene Govern the rest, self-knowing; and from thence Magnanimous to correspond with Heaven...
Page 314 - While the amount of individual variation is great, we yet see, particularly in the pelvisof the Andaman Islanders and of the Polynesian races, distinctly simian characters. The scanty material at hand indicates that a similar transition occurred between the modern and prehistoric types. The approximation of the infantile and simian forms is well known. The pelvis alone does not suffice to support the viscera. In quadrupeds the whole weight is slung from the horizontal spine by means of a strong elastic...

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