Unknown Mexico: Volume 1

Unknown Mexico: Volume 1 : A Record of Five Years' Exploration among the Tribes of the Western Sierra Madre

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Carl Lumholtz (1851-1922) was a Norwegian ethnographer and explorer who, soon after publishing an influential study of Australian Aborigines (also reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection), spent five years researching native peoples in Mexico. This two-volume work, published in 1903, describes his expeditions to remote parts of north-west Mexico, inspired by reports about indigenous peoples who lived in cliff dwellings along mountainsides. While in the US in 1890 on a lecture tour, Lumholtz was able to raise sufficient funds for the expedition. He arrived in Mexico City that summer, and after meeting the president, Porfirio Diaz, he set off with a team of scientists for the Sierra Madre del Norte mountains in the north-west of Mexico, to find the cave-dwelling Tarahumare Indians. Volume 1 covers the start of the expedition and Tarahumare life, etiquette and beliefs, as well as details of the natural history of this little-explored region.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 197 b/w illus. 6 colour illus. 1 map
  • 1139060546
  • 9781139060547

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Preface; 1. Preparations for the start; 2. A remarkable antique piece; 3. Camping at Upper Bavispe River; 4. A splendid field prepared for us by the ancient agriculturists of Cave Valley; 5. Second expedition; 6. Fossils, and one way of utilising them; 7. The uncontaminated Tarahumares; 8. The houses of the Tarahumares; 9. Arrival at Batopilas; 10. Nice-looking natives; 11. A priest and his family make the wilderness comfortable for us; 12. The Tarahumares still afraid of me; 13. The Tarahumares physique; 14. Politeness, and the demands of etiquette; 15. Many kinds of games among the Tarahumares; 16. Religion; 17. The shamans or wise men of the tribe; 18. Relation of man to nature; 19. Plant-worship; 20. The Tarahumare's firm belief in a future life; 21. Three weeks on foot through the Barranca; 22. Resumption of the journey southward; 23. Cerro de Muinora, the highest mountain in Chihuahua; 24. On to Morelos; 25. Winter in the High Sierra; 26. Pueblo Viejo; 27. Inexperienced help; 28. A glimpse of the Pacific from the High Sierra; 29. A cordial reception at San Francisco.
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