Comanche Ethnography: Field Notes of E. Adamson Hoebel, Waldo R. Wedel, Gustav G. Carlson, and Robert H. Lowie - Studies in the Anthropology of North American Indians (Hardback)
  • Comanche Ethnography: Field Notes of E. Adamson Hoebel, Waldo R. Wedel, Gustav G. Carlson, and Robert H. Lowie - Studies in the Anthropology of North American Indians (Hardback)
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Comanche Ethnography: Field Notes of E. Adamson Hoebel, Waldo R. Wedel, Gustav G. Carlson, and Robert H. Lowie - Studies in the Anthropology of North American Indians (Hardback)

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Hardback 571 Pages / Published: 01/10/2008
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In the summer of 1933 in Lawton, Oklahoma, a team of six anthropologists met with eighteen Comanche elders to record the latter's reminiscences of traditional Comanche culture. The depth and breadth of what the elderly Comanches recalled provides an inestimable source of knowledge for generations to come, both within and beyond the Comanche community. This monumental volume makes available for the first time the largest archive of traditional cultural information on Comanches ever gathered by American anthropologists.
Much of the Comanches' earlier world is presented here-religious stories, historical accounts, autobiographical remembrances, cosmology, the practice of war, everyday games, birth rituals, funerals, kinship relations, the organization of camps, material culture, and relations with other tribes.
Thomas W. Kavanagh tracked down all known surviving notes from the Santa Fe Laboratory field party and collated and annotated the records, learning as much as possible about the Comanche elders who spoke with the anthropologists and, when possible, attributing pieces of information to the appropriate elders. In addition, this volume includes Robert H. Lowie's notes from his short 1912 visit to the Comanches. The result stands as a legacy for both Comanches and those interested in learning more about them.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803227644
Number of pages: 571
Weight: 1361 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 48 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Dr. Thomas W. Kavanagh has once again made a valuable contribution to Comanche scholarship with the publication of Comanche Ethnography."-R. Michael Barnett, Southwestern Historical Quarterly -- R. Michael Barnett * Southwestern Historical Quarterly *
"Thomas Kavanagh deserves commendation for making these notes available to others in such a well-organized, contextualized, and useful format."-William C. Meadows, Great Plains Research -- William C. Meadows * Great Plains Research *
"Aside from the scholarly service this work provides, Kavanagh's rigorous compiling and editing show what can be done with archival sources, which is an encouraging thought."-Mariah F. Wade, New Mexico Historical Review -- Mariah F. Wade * New Mexico Historical Review *
"Thomas Kavanagh has accomplished a significant achievement in presenting an important set of ethnographic field notes in a compelling and easily accessed manner. . . . [Comanche Ethnography] is a seminal ethnographic resource that will be appreciated by members of the Comanche Nation, anthropologists, historians, and academic and popular students of Native American studies."-Daniel C. Swan, Journal of Anthropological Research -- Daniel C. Swan * Journal of Anthropological Research *
"Comanche ethnography is undoubtedly a significant contribution to the study of the Comanche. The presentation of these resources is useful not only for the data found in the field notes themselves, but also in considering how ethnographic research is conducted and used in the construction of ethnographic texts."-Abby Wightman, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute -- Abby Wightman * Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute *
"Comanche Ethnography is a praiseworthy piece of scholarship that will doubtless become a mandatory reference on the pre-reservation Comanches."-Joaquin Rivaya-Martinez, Ethnohistory -- Joaquin Rivaya-Martinez * Ethnohistory *

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