Franz Boas in Translation: Place, Myth, and History


Simonds, Ann G., Richard L. Bland & Don Dumond


Ann G. Simonds is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the University of Oregon, Eugene. She has published articles in various anthropological journals and extensively studied Franz Boas’s works on the Northwest Coast.

Richard L. Bland is a retired Arctic archaeologist and translator. He has translated over 250 articles and books, primarily from Russian and German, into English. Recent examples with Academica Press include The Peoples of Ancient Siberia: An Archeological History (by A. P. Okladnikov) and Warfare in the Russian Arctic (A. K. Nefedkin).

Don Dumond served as Director of the Museum of Natural History at the University of Oregon. He has more than 100 substantive publications in journals, plus fourteen authored or co-authored books.

Franz Boas in Translation is the ultimate study of the legendary anthropologist Franz Boas and his work on the American Northwest. This groundbreaking study analyses what Boas did with local Native American legends passed down by the region’s tribal groups. Three translations, originally published in 1888 and 1895, are presented here and constitute Boas’s early attempts to define the cultural history of Pacific Northwest tribes. Using definitive plots, details, and incidents from a large collection of myths, comparative myths from other indigenous cultures, and a statistical method of multivariant analysis, Boas not only defined the historical relations of the regional tribes but also the role of diffusion in those relations.

Social Science, Anthropology, American Studies, Indigenous Studies, Ethnography, Migration, Native American Studies, Indians, Pacific Northwest, Myth
Release Date: 
March 1, 2023
9781680534580 Hardcover
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