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Unknown Mexico

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

Volume 2


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Latin American Studies

  • Date Published: October 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108033596

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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 2 focuses mainly on the neighbouring Huichols people, their daily life, and their religious practices, including shamanism.

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    • Date Published: October 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108033596
    • length: 566 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 32 x 152 mm
    • weight: 0.82kg
    • contains: 222 b/w illus. 9 colour illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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

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