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Tsimshian Mythology, based on texts recorded by Henry W. Tate
Author: Boas, Franz
Reference #: 1734
List Price: $90.00
Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1916. Pp. ,  + 31-1.037, with Boas’ essentially comprising the whole of the volume. Bound in the BAE’s iconic green cloth with gilt spine titles and cameo on the front cover.
From the Report of the Ethnologist in Charge, F. W. Hodge: “The accompanying memoir on Tsimshian Mythology, by Dr. Franz Boas, is based on a collection of myths and tales recorded by the late Henry W. Tate, himself a Tsimshian. These stories are classed as of two distinct types – myths and tales – so distinguished by the Tsimshian, as indeed by all the tribes of the North Pacific coast. The incidents narrated in the former are believed to have happened when animals appeared in the form of human beings, whereas the tales are historical in character, although they may contain elements of the supernatural.” (p. 25). There are three plates and 24 figures in the text; all present as called for; Bibliography and Vocabulary. The myths were collected by Boas over the course of twelve years, leading up to the death of Tate in 1914. The first major collection; featured are Raven and Transformer myths. A fundamental and uncommon resource. [Whale, 115: “Likely the most comprehensive collection of West coast myths ever gathered on Tsimshian society and social organization.”]
Condition: Ex library, properly deaccessioned, but with the usual library markings, and library-reinforced front and rear hinges, the former with some splitting of the binding tape. Nevertheless a firm copy overall; generally clean internally.
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