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Alfred Louis Kroeber: Ethnographic Map of California Native Peoples

Alfred Louis Kroeber

Ethnographic Map of California Native Peoples

1925

At the time the Department was founded, virtually no ethnographic or linguistic studies had been undertaken in California. By the 1920s, however, sufficient field work had been completed to describe the variety of native cultures and present a complex picture of linguistic diversity unlike that found anywhere else in North America. Kroeber presented this information, based primarily on the work of his faculty and graduate students, in his monumental work, Handbook of the Indians of California published by the Bureau of American Ethnology, Smithsonian Institution, 1925.

E51.U6 no.78