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Picture Writing of the American Indians: Volume Two  
Product ID: 0-486-22843-6
Picture Writing of the American Indians: Volume Two
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (June 1972)
  • Author: Garrick Mallery
  • Product Dimensions:  9.2 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • ISBN: 0-486-22843-6
  • Condition: Good (Contains Library Stamp), slight wear of cover spine

Picture Writing of the American Indians
Volume II

By:  Garrick Mallery

Of the early reports of the Bureau of Ethnology of the Smithsonian Institution, one of the most significant is Co. Garrick Mallery's report on the picture-writing of the American Indians.  Except for a special section on petroglyphs (rock-writing), most of the examples are roughly contemporary with the writing of the report and were gathered by ethnologists, explorers, and expeditions to reservations.  As such, the emphasis in on the meaning of the pictures, and the differences between the styles of picture-writing on the various tribes.

Included are nearly 1,300 pictures and 54 plates illustrating the material which Col. Mallery narrates.  Examples include: knotted cords, notched or marked sticks and wampum; mnemonic pictures for remembering songs, traditions, treaties, and accounts; the calendars (winter counts) of Lone-Dog and Battiste Good; maps, notices of visits, condition and warning; tribal designations, clan designations, tattoo  marks (especially from the Haida); designations of authority, property, and personal names; religious symbols of the supernatural and of mythic animals; symbols used on charms and amulets, in religious ceremonies and in the burial of the dead; pictographs of cult associations, of daily events, and of games; historic records such as the Indian account of the Battle of the Little Big Horn; records of migration, hunts, and notable events; biographic records; significance of colors; picture-writing as it became conventionalized; and much more.  There are also sections on interpretation of pictographs and on the detection of frauds, and comparative material from other cultures.

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