Grenville Goodwin Among the Western Apache: Letters from the Field

Grenville Goodwin Among the Western Apache: Letters from the Field

by Morris E. Opler (Editor)

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Overview

Grenville Goodwin was one of the leading field anthropologists during a crucial period in American Indian research—the 1930s. His letters from the field provide original source material on Western Apache beliefs and customs. They also reveal the attitudes and methods which made him so effective in his work. A dedicated and thorough ethnographer, Goodwin became familiar with every aspect of Western Apache culture.

During this same period, Morris Opler was studying the Chiricahua and Mescalero Apache in New Mexico. In order to exchange information about their studies, Goodwin and Opler began corresponding. Both men were convinced that a long-overdue, systematic comparison of Apachean cultures would yield significant results.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816535378
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 10/18/2016
Series: Century Collection Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Morris E. Opler has spent much of his long professional career researching the seven Apachean-speaking tribes of the American Southwest and southern Plains. He is well known for his contributions to anthropological theory and for his ethnographic works. He has taught at Harvard University, Cornell University, and the University of Oklahoma, and has been president of the American Anthropological Association.

Table of Contents

Foreword Keith H. Basso 7

Introduction 11

Key to Symbols 18

The Letters

(City unknown)

February 23, 1932 19

Santa Fe, New Mexico

February 29, 1932 21

Bylas, Arizona

March 22, 1932 22

April 4, 1932 24

April 15, 1932 30

Colorado Springs, Colorado

May 14, 1933 33

May 22, 1933 34

October 15, 1933 35

January 8, 1934 47

January (n.d.) 1934 50

February 2, 1934 58

February 19, 1934 63

Santa Fe, New Mexico

September 5, 1934 65

Bylas, Arizona

June 2, 1935 68

July 11, 1935 70

Colorado Springs, Colorado

July 28, 1935 74

August 12, 1936 76

Tucson, Arizona

February 6, 1937 78

February 10, 1937 81

March 13, 1937 83

May 3, 1937 85

Santa Fe, New Mexico

July 25, 1938 87

October 22, 1938 91

Tucson, Arizona

November 13, 1938 93

Chicago, Illinois

October 1, 1939 95

Bibliographic References 97

Acknowledgments 99

Index 101

Illustrations

Fig. 1 Horned cap 32

Fig. 2 Main Western Apache house types 60

Fig. 3 Differences in house frames 61

Fig. 4 A. Plains type man's shirt; b. Woman's skirt as depicted on Lipan doll; c. Woman's high moccasin as depicted on Lipan doll; d. Woman's hair style as depicted on Lipan doll; e. Cradleboard erroneously alleged to be Lipan 89

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