The Tlingit Indians

The Tlingit Indians

by George Thornton Emmons, Frederica de de Laguna, Jean Low
     
 
Lieutenant George Thornton Emmons, U.S.N., was stationed in Alaska during the 1880s and 1890s, a time when the Navy was largely responsible for law and stability in the Territory. His duties brought him close contact with the Tlingit Indians, whose respect he won and from whom he gained an understanding of and respect for their culture. He became a friend of many

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Lieutenant George Thornton Emmons, U.S.N., was stationed in Alaska during the 1880s and 1890s, a time when the Navy was largely responsible for law and stability in the Territory. His duties brought him close contact with the Tlingit Indians, whose respect he won and from whom he gained an understanding of and respect for their culture. He became a friend of many Tlingit leaders, visited their homes, traveled in their canoes when on leave, purchased native artifacts, and recorded native traditions. He was widely recognized for his extensive collections of Tlingit artifacts and art, and for the detailed notes that accompanied them.

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Booknews
When Emmons died in 1945, he left behind a mass of materials for a 65 line drawings, and 127 b&w photos. book on the Tlingit which he had begun as early as the 1880s, when he was stationed in Alaska with the US Navy. Ethnologist and archaeologist Frederica de Laguna has spent 30 years organizing Emmons ethnographic data, notes, drawings, sketches, and manuscripts, and has made significant additions from other sources and her own information, putting the entirety in chronological order, to present this invaluable ethnography of the Northwest Coast. Includes a biography of Emmons by Jean Low, as well as an extensive bibliography, 37 tables, Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780295970080
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
10/01/1991
Series:
Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
530
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.42(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Frederica de Laguna, professor emeritus of anthropology at Bryn Mawr College, is the author of the three-volume Under Mount Saint Elias (on the Tlingit of Yakutat) and numerous other works on Alaska archaeology and ethnography.

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