By Regna Darnell
An exam of Americanist anthropology, in keeping with Boasian and Powellist rules and centering at the center of the continuity throughout paradigm transition.
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Albert Gallatin (1761-1849) circulated ethnographic and linguistic questionaires to Indian agents through the Secretary of W a r . The inaugural volume of the Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge was Squier & Davis's Ancient Monuments of the Mississippi Valley in 1848. The Smithsonian subsidized John Gilmary Shea's Library of American Linguistics and published Morgan's Systems of Consanguinity and Affinity of the Human Family (Hallowell 1960). The Smithsonian provided the ideal institutional context for the n e w Bureau of American Ethnology.
Not until 1899 when scandals of government scientific administration had subsided did the Bureau's appropriations again reach the 1891 figure. This time, thefinancialstate of the Bureau was stable until the budget was cut in 1904; m a n y Congressmen felt that the Bureau should die with its founder. The budget figures reflect changes in Powell's political bargaining power far more than the research planned or executed by the Bureau. A s the First Annual Report noted, scope was to be limited only by the amount of Congressional appropriation.
Dorsey w a s advised (Roehrig to Henry, 18 M a r c h 1873: S I A ) : to admit nothing but the bare material without any kind of "comparisons" or would-be philological remarks. ] Thus Mr. Dorsey will have to avoid in his work all sorts of digressions and everything else that savors of eccentricity and enthusiasm, especially those very crude and immature comparisons with Hebrew! Powell d e e m e d Dorsey to have mastered Siouan language and habits during his term a m o n g them as a missionary but his examination of the social system w a s not possible until he entered into "a special study of the science of anthropology" (3rd A R for 1881-82, 1884, p.
And Along Came Boas: Continuity and Revolution in Americanist Anthropology by Regna Darnell