The Seri Indians Volume 1

The Seri Indians Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...in the female line, but are susceptible of slight modification both in elaborateness of detail and in the addition of minor supplementary features. The principal apparatus and materials used in the face-painting are illustrated in plate xxvn. The chief pigments are ocher, gypsum, aiid the rare mineral dumortierite; the ocher yields various shades of red, ranging from pink to brown; the gypsum affords the white used in most of the designs; while the dumortierite is the source of the slightly varying tints of blue. So far as was observed, the pigments are not blended by mixing, though there is some blending due to overlapping in application. The ocher is commonly extracted and transported as lumps of ocherous clay or ocherons gypsum (plate xxvn, figures 1 and 5), though it is sometimes reduced to powder and transported in bits of skin or rag, or in cylinders of cane (plate xxvn, figures 3 and 4); and it is prepared by trituration with a pebble or rubbing with the fingers, usnally in a shell cup. Sometimes the shell used for the purpose is the valve of a Cardiinii, which serves indiscriminately as cup, spoon, skinscraper, etc; but preference is apparently given to thick and strong shells, such as the wave-worn valve of Chama (?), shown in plate xxvn, figure 7, which are consecrated to the use and eventually buried with the user, together with a supply of the paint (like that illustrated in the cane cylinder--figure 4--which was a mortuary sacrifice). The gypsum is usnally carried in natural slabs or other fragments, perhaps rounded by wear (plate xxvn, figures 0 and 8); it is prepared by wetting and rubbing two pieces together, the larger being reduced to metate shape by the operation. The dumortierite was observed only in the form of a pencil made...show more

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  • Paperback | 162 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236606574
  • 9781236606570