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First published in 1942, John R. Swantonand#8217;s Source Material on the History and Ethnology of the Caddo Indians is a classic reference on the Caddos. Long regarded as the dean of southeastern Native American studies, Swanton worked for decades as an ethnographer, ethnohistorian, folklorist, and linguist. In this volume he presents the history and culture of the Caddos according to the principal French, Spanish, and English sources.

In the seventeenth century, French and Spanish explorers encountered four regional alliances-Cahinnio, Cadohadacho, Hasinai, and Natchitoches-within the boundaries of the present-day states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma. Their descriptions of Caddo culture are the earliest sources available, and Swanton weaves the information from these primary documents into a narrative, translated into English, for the benefit of the modern reader. For the scholar, he includes in an appendix the extire test of three principal documents in their original Spanish.

The first half of the book is devoted to an extensive history of the Caddos, from De Sotoand#8217;s encounters in 1521 to the Caddosand#8217; involvement in the Ghost Dance Religion of 1890. The second half discusses Caddo culture, including origin legends and religious beliefs, material culture, social relations, government, warfare, leisure, and trade. For this edition, Helen Hornbeck Tanner also provides a new foreword surveying the scholarship published on the Caddos since Swantonand#8217;s time.

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Includes bibliographical references and index.

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John R. Swanton was the most prolific author with the Smithsonian Bureau of American Ethnology. He produced twenty works on the American Indian, among them The Indian Tribes of North American and The Indians of the Southeastern United States.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780806128566
Foreword:
Tanner, Helen Hornbeck
Author:
Tanner, Helen Hornbeck
Foreword by:
Tanner, Helen Hornbeck
Foreword:
Tanner, Helen Hornbeck
Author:
Swanton, John R.
Author:
Tanner, Helen H.
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Location:
Norman :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
History
Subject:
North American
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Caddo Indians
Subject:
Caddo Indians -- Social life and customs.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Caddo Indians -- History.
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
162
Publication Date:
19960931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 illus., 5 maps
Pages:
354
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.94 in 1.16 lb

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