Reports of the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to Torres Straits: Volume 4, Arts and Crafts

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Alfred Cort Haddon (1855–1940) was a highly influential British anthropologist and ethnologist who was instrumental in the foundation of a school of anthropology at Cambridge University. During 1898 and 1899, Haddon led an expedition which conducted ethnographical research in the Torres Strait, New Guinea, and Borneo. The main results of this expedition were compiled in a series of volumes, written by various contributors. Originally published in 1912, this fourth volume in that series concentrates on arts and crafts. The text contains information on a broad variety of traditions from the region, with topics ranging from horticultural practice to music. A large number of illustrative figures are included, demonstrating the rich cultural life of the indigenous peoples. This fascinating volume, the vast majority of which was written by Haddon himself, will be of value to anyone with an interest in the development of anthropology and ethnology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521179881
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/4/2010
  • Pages: 498
  • Product dimensions: 8.27 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction and daily life A. C. Haddon; 2. Decoration of the person and toilet A. C. Haddon; 2. Personal ornaments and clothing A. C. Haddon; 3. Textiles A. Hingston Quiggin; 4. Houses A. Wilkin and A. C. Haddon; 5. Domestic utensils and tools A. C. Haddon; 6. Food and its preparation, and narcotics A. C. Haddon; 7. Horticulture A. C. Haddon; 8. Hunting and fishing A. C. Haddon; 9. Weapons and objects employed in warfare A. C. Haddon; 10. Transport and canoes A. C. Haddon; 11. Science (including astronomy W. H. R. Rivers and a calendar S. H. Ray) A. C. Haddon; 12. Music C. S. Myers; 13. Sound-producing instruments A. C. Haddon; 14. Songs A. C. Haddon; 15. Dances and dance paraphernalia A. C. Haddon; 16. Greetings, salutations, and various social customs S. H. Ray, A. C. Haddon and J. Bruce; 17. Games and toys A. C. Haddon; 18. Decorative, pictorial and glyptic art A. C. Haddon.

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