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Auction 135, Lot 737

"Twenty-First Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology ...1899-1900", U.S. Bureau of Ethnology

Subject: Native Americans

Period: 1903 (published)


Color: Printed Color

8.5 x 11.5 inches
21.6 x 29.2 cm

This complete 1903 edition contains the famous chromolithographic plates of Hopi Katchinas that were painted by three Hopi artists for Fewkes in preparation of the Twenty-First Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology... 1899-1900. The report includes The Report of the Director, which provides a description of the office research, field research and explorations, etc. There are two papers of ethnological importance, Hopi Katchinas and Iroquoian Cosmology. The section, "Hopi Katcinas Drawn by Native Artists" by Jesse Walter Fewkes, relates to certain supernatural beings of the Hopi pantheon known as Kachinas. It is profusely illustrated with plates in lithographic color that are made from drawings by Indian artists well-versed in their symbolism. Each plate is backed up with a brief description and throws a fresh insight into the religious customs and art of the Hopi. It also provides a list of the societies and festivals associated with kachinas. The last section, "Iroquoian Cosmology First Part" by J.N.B. Hewitt, provides an interesting and informative outline of three of five versions of Iroquoian cosmology- Onandaga, Seneca and Mohawk. Each version covers the legend of how "man came about" in three forms; the legend in the native language as told by a tribal elder, a "metaphorical" translation and a lyrical translation in a narrative form (in English). Six photographic plates portray tribal leaders. Map in back pocket is titled North America Bureau of American Ethnology Progress Map, (17.5 x 23.5"). 8vo, 360 pp, complete. Hardbound in original green cloth with embossed gilt vignette on front and title on spine. This is perhaps the most colorful and sought-after of the BAE reports.


Condition: A

All plates are fine in the image with a little light edge toning as normally seen in this issue. Five pages near center with small area of physical damage at edge, far from text or image. Covers slightly rubbed at spine edge and tips.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $550

Closed on 2/16/2011