Santa Fe: The Peripatatic Press, 1941. 1st. Hardcover. Limited Edition 400 copies. Square octavo. 178pp. Striking serigraphs depicting 10 Zuni ceremonial masks reproduced in color; 20 line drawings of life in the pueblo and initial letters by Fanita Lanier. Grey cloth with green & silver lettering in grey printed dustjacket. Printed on Strathmore Text at the Rydal Press. A near fine copy in dustjacket (2 small chips upper front and rear edge; short closed tear upper rear jacket and spine). Item #10030
In 1879, Cushing, as a Smithsonian Institution staff member, travelled to Zuni to study the ethnology of its people. During his 4 1/2 years in residence, he learned to speak the Zuni language, beame a member of the tribe and fully immersed himself in the culture, becoming anthropology's first participant observer. This was the beginning of his lifelong fascination and work with the Zuni culture. Originally published in Century Magazine installments during 1882-83, this printing includes an introductory essay 'Zuni and Cushing' by E. DeGolyer and 'An Aboriginal Pilgrimage' by Sylvester Baxter, a report of the trip made to Washington and Boston by a group of Zuni chieftains.