Washington Matthews : studies of Navajo culture, 1880-1894 /
edited by Katherine Spencer Halpern and Susan Brown McGreevy.
1st ed.
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, c1997.
xix, 279 p. : ill., map ; 27 cm.
082631631X (hardcover)
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Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, c1997.
082631631X (hardcover)
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"Published in cooperation with the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian."
catalogue key
"Washington Matthews' bibliography": p. 255-261.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-276) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1998-02:
In the late 19th century, Washington Matthews, a US Army physician, was a major contributor to the developing field of anthropology. During two assignments (1880-84, 1890-94) at Fort Wingate, New Mexico, he recorded a prodigious amount of ethnographic material on the Navajo. He was the first to describe the use of sandpaintings in Navajo ritual and the first to record the complex series of songs and prayers of a Navajo curing ceremony. The first half of this volume assesses Matthews's contributions to Navajo studies through a series of nine short essays by contemporary scholars, which focus on such topics as art, ceremony, music, and folklore. Together, the essays present a variety of perspectives on Matthews's work, but as a group they fail to provide an integrated perspective on his contributions. The second half of the volume consists of a selection of Matthews's Navajo writings, especially on ritual and myth. A comprehensive bibliography of Matthews's published writings makes up the concluding section. General readers; upper-division undergraduates and above. D. R. Parks; Indiana University-Bloomington
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Table of Contents
List of Contributors
Washington Matthews: Amy Surgeon and Field Anthropologist in the American West, 1843-1905p. 3
Matthews' Studies of Navajo Artsp. 16
Washington Matthews' Contributions to the Study of Navajo Ceremonialism and Mythologyp. 28
Washington Matthews and Navajo Musicp. 42
Matthews and the Discovery of Navajo Drypaintingsp. 53
Some Observations on the Ethical Integrity of Washington Matthews in Navajo Researchp. 79
Washington Matthews' Folklore Studiesp. 89
Washington Matthews Writes a Ballad: The Anthropologist as Poet and Literary Scholarp. 103
Selections from the Papers of Washington Matthews
List of Navajo Healing Dancesp. 133
Correspondence with Powell and Cushing Concerning the Discovery of Drypaintings, October and November 1884p. 141
Transcriptions of Matthews' Handwritten Correspondence with Goddard about His Proposed Trip to Navajo Countryp. 145
The Suppressed Part of the Mountain Chant (1892c)p. 151
Inventory of Matthews' Wax Cylinder Song Recordingsp. 155
The Navaho Myth of the Origin of the Utesp. 165
Bathelmess' Account of a Night Chantp. 185
Natural Naturalistsp. 193
Paper on the Clanp. 202
A Night with the Navajosp. 212
Mythic Dry-Paintings of the Navajosp. 221
Some Illustrations of the Connection between Myth and Ceremonyp. 229
Some Sacred Objects of the Navajo Ritesp. 234
A Navajo Initiationp. 250
Washington Matthews' Bibliography
References Citedp. 265
Indexp. 277
Map of Navajo History and Geography
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