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The Cherokee Nation of Indians: A Narrative of Their Official Relations With the Colonial and Federal Governments

by Charles C. Royce

The following monograph on the history of the Cherokees, with its accompanying maps, is given as an illustration of the character of the work in its treatment of each of the Indian tribes. In the preparation of this book, more particularly in the tracing out of the various boundary lines, much careful attention and research have been given to all available authorities or sources of information. The old manuscript records of the Government, the shelves of the Congressional Library, including its very large collection of American maps, local records, and the knowledge of “old settlers,” as well as the accretions of various State historical societies, have been made to pay tribute to the subject.



Myths of the Cherokee: Illustrated Edition

by James Mooney

The myths given in this book are part of a large body of material collected among the Cherokee, chiefly in successive field seasons from 1887 to 1890, inclusive, and comprising more or less extensive notes, together with original Cherokee manuscripts, relating to the history, archeology, geographic nomenclature, personal names, botany, medicine, arts, home life, religion, songs, ceremonies, and language of the tribe.
Contents:
Historical Sketch of the Cherokee
Stories and Story-tellers
The Myths
Cosmogonic Myths
Quadruped Myths
Bird Myths
Snake, Fish, and Insect Myths
Wonder Stories
Historical Traditions
Miscellaneous Myths and Legends



The Seminole Indians of Florida: With Original Illustrations

by Clay MacCauley

The Indians known as Seminole are of the Muskokian linguistic stock who before the present century left their congeners and dwelt within the present limits of Georgia and Florida. A chief cause of the separation was disagreement among the people of the towns of the Lower Creeks and Hichiti concerning their relations with Europeans settling in the country. The Seminole, who are described in this book as of a high grade in physique and intelligence, may well be descendants of these heroes. The status of these Indians is peculiar in that their contact with civilization has hitherto been regulated, to an extent not known elsewhere, by their own volition, and has not been imposed upon them. Visitors, traders, and Government agents have been denied admission, but the Indians have in a limited way visited the settlements beyond their own boundaries and traded there.
Contents:
Personal characteristics
Clothing
Personal adornment
Me-le
Psychical characteristics
Seminole society
The Seminole gens
The Seminole tribe
Seminole tribal life
Arts
Religion
Environment of the Seminole



Outlines of Zuñi Creation Myths

by Frank Hamilton Cushing

“During the earlier years of my life with the Zuñi Indians of western-central New Mexico, from the autumn of 1879 to the winter of 1881â??before access to their country had been rendered easy by the completion of the Atlantic and Pacific railroad, â??they remained, as regards their social and religious institutions and customs and their modes of thought, if not of daily life, the most archaic of the Pueblo or Aridian peoples. They still continue to be, as they have for centuries been, the most highly developed, yet characteristic and representative of all these people.”
Contents:
Outline of Spanish-zuñi History
Outline of Pristine Zuñi History
Outline of ZuñiMytho-sociologic Organization
Myths
The Genesis of the Worlds, or the Beginning of Newness
The Genesis of Men and the Creatures
The Gestation of Men and the Creatures
The Forthcoming From Earth of the Foremost of Men
The Birth From the Sea of the Twain Deliverers of Men
The Birth and Delivery of Men and the Creatures
The Condition of Men When First Into the World of Daylight Born
The Origin of Priests and of Knowledge
The Origin of the Raven and the Macaw, Totems of Winter and Summer
The Origin and Naming of Totem-clans and Creature Kinds, and the Division and Naming of Spaces and Things
The Origin of the Councils of Secrecy or Sacred Brotherhoods
The Hardening of the World, and the First Settlement of Men
The Beginning of the Search for the Middle of the World, and the Second Tarrying of Men
The Learning of War, and the Third Tarrying
The Meeting of the People of Dew, and the Fourth Tarrying
The Generation of the Seed of Seeds, or the Origin of Corn



A Study of Siouan Cults: Illustrated Edition

by James Owen Dorsey

Cult, as used in this book, means a system of religious belief and worship, especially the rites and ceremonies employed in such worship. The present book treats of the cults of a few of the Siouan tribesâ??that is, with two exceptions, of such tribes as have been visited by the author. “Siouan” is a term originated by the Bureau of Ethnology. It is derived from “Sioux,” the popular name for those Indians who call themselves “Dakota” or “Lakota,” the latter being the Teton appellation. “Siouan” is used as an adjective, but, unlike its primitive, it refers not only to the Dakota tribes, but also to the entire linguistic stock or family. The Siouan family includes the Dakota, Assiniboin, Omaha, Ponka, Osage, Kansa, Kwapa, Iowa, Oto, Missouri, Winnebago, Mandan, Hidatsa, Crow, Tutelo, Biloxi, Catawba, and other Indians.



Burial Mounds of the Northern Sections of the United States: Illustrated Edition

by Cyrus Thomas

“All the works of the mound-builders of our country are exceedingly interesting to the antiquarian and are valuable as illustrating the habits, customs, and condition of the people by whom they were formed, but the sepulchral tumuli surpass all others in importance in this respect. Although usually simple in form and conveying thereby no indications of the characteristics of the people by whom they were erected, yet when explored they reveal to us, by their internal structure and contents, more in regard to the habits, beliefs, and art of their authors than can be learned from all their other works combined.”
Cyrus Thomas (1825 – 1910) was a U.S. ethnologist and entomologist prominent in the late 19th century and noted for his studies of the natural history of the American West.



Sign Language Among North American Indians: Compared With That Among Other Peoples And Deaf-Mutes

by Garrick Mallery

Over the period of two years author has devoted the intervals between official duties to collecting and collating materials for the study of sign language. As the few publications on the general subject, possessing more than historic interest, are meager in details and vague in expression, original investigation has been necessary. The high development of communication by gesture among the tribes of North America, and its continued extensive use by many of them, naturally directed the first researches to that continent, with the result that a large body of facts procured from collaborators and by personal examination has now been gathered and classified.



The Central Eskimo: With Maps and Illustrations of Tools, Weapons & People

by Franz Boas

The following account of the Central Eskimo contains chiefly the results of the author’s own observations and collections made during a journey to Cumberland Sound and Davis Strait, supplemented by extracts from the reports of other travelers. The Eskimo are the indigenous peoples who have traditionally inhabited the northern circumpolar region from eastern Siberia (Russia), across Alaska (United States), Canada, and Greenland.



Gold, Blood and Power

by James Lacey

This monograph presents a survey of the crucial link between state (national) power and finance from the ancient era through the present day. Cicero once said that the true sinew of war was “endless streams of money.” His observation remains as accurate today as it was when Rome first began constructing its Empire. Unfortunately, too many historical works leave this crucial underpinning link out of their narratives. Even those that do economic and financial concerns typically miss the fact that the size of a state’s economy often has little to do with its capacity to wield influence on the global stage. Much more crucial in this regard is the possession of an administrative system capable of efficiently mobilizing a state’s resources. It was such an administrative apparatus that allowed Britain to punch far above its weight in the international arena for centuries. As a survey, this work is far from comprehensive, but the author hopes it will provide a stepping stone for a much-needed in-depth examination of the topic.



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