Among Unknown Tribes: Rediscovering the Photographs of Explorer Carl Lumholtz by Bill Broyles

Among Unknown Tribes: Rediscovering the Photographs of Explorer Carl Lumholtz

byBill Broyles, Ann Christine Eek, Phyllis La Farge

Hardcover | June 1, 2014

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Internationally renowned as an exciting guide to unknown peoples and places, Norwegian Carl Lumholtz was a Victorian-era explorer, anthropologist, natural scientist, writer, and photographer who worked in Australia, Mexico, and Borneo. His photographs of the Tarahumara, Huichol, Cora, Tepehuan, Southern Pima, and Tohono O'odham tribes of Mexico and southwest Arizona were among the very first taken of these cultures and still provide the best photographic record of them at the turn of the twentieth century. Lumholtz published his photographs in several books, including Unknown Mexico and New Trails in Mexico, but, because photographic publishing was then in its infancy, most of the images were poorly printed, badly cropped, or reworked by "illustrators" using crude techniques.

Among Unknown Tribes presents more than two hundred of Lumholtz's best photographs—many never before published—from the archives of the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo, Norway. The images are newly scanned, most from the original negatives, and printed uncropped, disclosing a wealth of previously hidden detail. Each photograph is fully identified and often amplified by Lumholtz's own notes and captions. Accompanying the images are essays and photo notes that survey Lumholtz's career and legacy, as well as what his photographs reveal about the "unknown tribes." By giving Lumholtz's photographs the high-quality reproduction they deserve, Among Unknown Tribes honors not only the Norwegian explorer but also the native peoples who continue to struggle for recognition and justice as they actively engage in the traditional customs that Lumholtz recorded.

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Title:Among Unknown Tribes: Rediscovering the Photographs of Explorer Carl LumholtzFormat:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 12 × 8.68 × 1.33 inPublished:June 1, 2014Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292754639

ISBN - 13:9780292754638

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Table of Contents

Introduction Bill BroylesTimeline. Carl Sofus Lumholtz in BriefChapter 1. Carl Lumholtz and His Photographs Ann Christine EekFolio One. Photographs from Carl Lumholtz's Unknown Mexico Expedition Bill Broyles and Phyllis La FargeChapter 2. Looking for Lumholtz Phyllis La FargeChapter 3. What Photographs Can Tell Us: Carl Lumholtz and Shaman Rubio Eugenia Macías GuzmánFolio Two. Photographs from Carl Lumholtz's New Trails in Mexico Expedition Bill Broyles and Phyllis La FargeChapter 3. New Trails and Entwined Legacies: Carl Lumholtz's Sonoran Desert Photographs Richard LaugharnChapter 4. A Man of Qualities: Lumholtz and the Museum Phyllis La FargeReflections. A Life Among Unknown Tribes Bill Broyles, Ann Christine Eek, and Phyllis La FargeNotes for Photographic PlatesAcknowledgmentsBibliographyContributorsIndex