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Unknown Mexico

Unknown Mexico
A Record of Five Years' Exploration among the Tribes of the Western Sierra Madre
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Latin American Studies

  • Date Published: October 2011
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108033602

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  • Carl Lumholtz (1851–1922) was a Norwegian ethnographer and explorer who, soon after publishing an influential study of Australian Aborigines, spent five years researching native peoples in Mexico. This two-volume work, published in 1903, describes his expeditions to remote parts of north-west Mexico, inspired by reports about indigenous peoples who lived in cliff dwellings along mountainsides. While in the US in 1890 on a lecture tour, Lumholtz was able to raise sufficient funds for the expedition. He arrived in Mexico City that summer, and after meeting the president, Porfirio Díaz, he set off with a team of scientists for the Sierra Madre del Norte mountains in the north-west of Mexico, to find the cave-dwelling Tarahumare Indians. Volume 1 focuses on the life and beliefs of the Tarahumare, as well as the natural history of this little-explored region. Volume 2 describes the society and religious practices of the neighbouring Huichols people.

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    • Date Published: October 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108033602
    • length: 1158 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 150 x 67 mm
    • weight: 1.81kg
    • contains: 419 b/w illus. 15 colour illus. 4 maps
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Preparations for the start
    2. A remarkable antique piece
    3. Camping at Upper Bavispe River
    4. A splendid field prepared for us by the ancient agriculturists of Cave Valley
    5. Second expedition
    6. Fossils, and one way of utilising them
    7. The uncontaminated Tarahumares
    8. The houses of the Tarahumares
    9. Arrival at Batopilas
    10. Nice-looking natives
    11. A priest and his family make the wilderness comfortable for us
    12. The Tarahumares till afraid of me
    13. The Tarahumares physique
    14. Politeness, and the demands of etiquette
    15. Many kinds of games among the Tarahumares
    16. Religion
    17. The shamans of wise men of the tribe
    18. Relation of man to nature
    19. Plant-worship
    20. The Tarahumare's firm belief in a future life
    21. Three weeks on foot through the Barranca
    22. Resumption of the journey southward
    23. Cerro de Muinora, the highest mountain in Chihuahua
    24. On to Morelos
    25. Winter in the High Sierra
    26. Pueblo Viejo
    27. Inexperienced help
    28. A glimpse of the Pacific from the High Sierra
    29. A cordial reception at San Francisco. Volume 2:
    1. Reception at San Andres
    2. Name and history of the Huichols
    3. Another excursion
    4. Trip to Bastita
    5. Votive bowls
    6. The first census of the Huichol country
    7. Our procession excites the wonderment of the Mexicans
    8. Return to the Sierra
    9. A satisfactory meeting with the principal men
    10. Practising self-control
    11. Huichol gods
    12. How to become a shaman
    13. Native authorities, civil and ecclesiastical
    14. Pablo and I separate
    15. Getting ready for the great Hikuli feast
    16. Leaving the Huichol country for the coast
    17. On the road again
    18. Archaeology versus theology
    19. Oriental rain-cloak
    20. A mound of metates
    21. Arrival in the country of the Tarascos
    22. Antiquities
    23. Paracho
    24. Tribal name of the Tarascos
    25. Zacapu
    26. Uruapan, 'The Paradise of Michoacan'
    27. In the city of Mexico again

  • Author

    Carl Lumholtz

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