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Auction 138, Lot 868

Hopi Kachina Plates

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

Subject: Native American

Period: 1903 (published)

Publication: Bureau of American Ethnology

Color: Printed Color

8 x 12 inches
20.3 x 30.5 cm

This complete 1903 edition contains the famous chromolithographic plates of Hopi Katchinas that were painted by three Hopi artists for Fewkes. 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 Katchinas Drawn by Native Artists" by Jesse Walter Fewkes, relates to certain supernatural beings of the Hopi pantheon known as Katchinas. It is profusely illustrated with chromolithographed plates 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. The map is titled North America Bureau of American Ethnology Progress Map, (17.5 x 23.5"). 8vo, 360 pp, complete. Rebound in brown pebbled cloth with gilt title on spine. This is probably the most colorful and sought-after of the BAE reports, published when John Wesley Powell was its director.


Condition: A

Plates, text and map are all very good with just a hint of toning. The report has been professionally rebound with new endpapers.

Estimate: $450 - $550

Sold for: $325

Closed on 12/7/2011