1855 Report upon the Indian Tribes


Lt. A.W. Whipple, Thomas Ewbank, Esq., and Prof. Wm. W. Turner. Report upon the Indian Tribe.s (Separate monograph from Reports of Explorations and Surveys to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean; Vol III) Washington, D.C. 1855. Quarto. 127 pgs. 8 Color lithographs; 2 show light spotting. Else very good condition. Cloth cover shows minimal wear with minor staining on front; binding tight

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The “Indian Report” submitted by these authors was one of the most extensive of the time. It sought to illustrate the Indians as members of unique cultures with respectable art, ideals, and customs of their own. This was in sharp contrast to the common views of the Indian as wild animal or noble savage that prevailed generally in the United States.

Turner’s work in this report classified and described 21 separate tribal vocabularies, and divided them into the six linguistic groups still used as a basis of delineation today.

This volume contains 8 color images and several additional engravings which provide a rare first-hand glimpse into Indian life of the 1850’s.