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Unknown Mexico

Unknown Mexico
A Record of Five Years' Exploration among the Tribes of the Western Sierra Madre

Volume 1


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Latin American Studies

  • Date Published: October 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108033589

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  • Carl Lumholtz (1851–1922) was a Norwegian ethnographer and explorer who, soon after publishing an influential study of Australian Aborigines (also reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection), 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 covers the start of the expedition and Tarahumare life, etiquette and beliefs, as well as details of the natural history of this little-explored region.

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    • Date Published: October 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108033589
    • length: 586 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 33 mm
    • weight: 0.85kg
    • contains: 197 b/w illus. 6 colour illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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 still 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 or 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.

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