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Unknown Mexico 2 Volume Paperback Set
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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 Diaz, 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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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; Conclusion; Appendix; Index.

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