Handbook of South American Indians

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The Handbook of South American Indians is a monographic series of edited scholarly and reference volumes in ethnographic studies, published by the Smithsonian Institution between 1940 and 1947.[1]

In 1932, Baron Erland Nordenskiöld agreed to edit the series for the National Research Council Division of Anthropology and Psychology; however, he died that year. The Smithsonian Institution agreed to sponsor the series but adequate funds were not approved by US Congress until 1940. Julian Haynes Steward edited the series. Ultimately, over a hundred scholars from Latin America, the United States, and Europe contributed and provided advice for the series.[1]

This six-volume series, with an additional index volume, documents information about Indigenous peoples of South America, including cultural and physical aspects of the people, language family, history, and prehistory. This is a reference work for historians, anthropologists, other scholars, and the general reader. The series utilized noted authorities for each topic. The set is illustrated, indexed, and has extensive bibliographies. Volumes may be purchased individually.

Bibliographic information[edit]

Handbook of South American Indians / Julian H. Steward, General Editor. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1940-1947.

Volume 1: The Marginal Tribes[edit]

Steward, ed., Julian H. (1946), The Marginal Tribes, Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, p. 623 

Sections[edit]

  1. Indians of Southern South America
  2. Indians of the Gran Chaco
  3. The Indians of Eastern Brazil

Volume 2: The Andean Civilizations[edit]

Steward, ed., Julian H. (1946), The Andean Civilizations, Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, p. 1935 

Volume 3: The Tropical Forest Tribes[edit]

Steward, ed., Julian H. (1948), The Tropical Forest Tribes, Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, p. 986 

Sections[edit]

  1. The Coastal and Amazonian Tupi
  2. The Tribes of Mato Grosso and Eastern Bolivia
  3. Tribes of the Montana and Bolivian East Andes
  4. Tribes of the western Amazon Basin
  5. Tribes of the Guianas and the Left Amazon Tributaries

Volume 4: The Circum-Caribbean Tribes[edit]

Steward, ed., Julian H. (1948), The Circum-Caribbean Tribes, Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, p. 609 

Sections[edit]

  1. Central American Cultures
  2. The Cultures of Northweat South America
  3. The West Indies

Volume 5: The Comparative Ethnology of South American Indians[edit]

Steward, ed., Julian H. (1949), The Comparative Ethnology of South American Indians, Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, p. 818 

Sections[edit]

  1. A Cross-Cultural Survey of South American Indian Tribes
  2. Jesuit Missions in South America
  3. The Native Populations of South America
  4. South American Cultures: An Interpretative Summary

Volume 6: Physical Anthropology, Linguistics and Cultural Geography of South American Indians[edit]

Steward, ed, Julian H (1950). Physical Anthropology, Linguistics and Cultural Geography of South American Indians 6. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution. p. 715. 

Sections[edit]

  1. Ancient Man
  2. Physical Anthropology
  3. The languages of South American Indians
  4. Geography and Plant and Animal Resources

Volume 7: Index[edit]

Steward, ed., Julian H. (1959), The Comparative Ethnology of South American Indians, Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, p. 286 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Handbook of South American Indians (1940-1947), Records."National Anthropological Archives and Human Studies Film Archives . (retrieved 24 Feb 2011)

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